Round-up from WWDC 2013

WWDC 2013 News

Wow, where to even begin? I’ve been awake since about 2:45am here in sunny Brisbane, and since then the firehose of information has not let up.

Here’s a few of the best places I’ve found to go for news on today’s WWDC 2013 keynote.


Macs & OS X 10.9


iOS 7


Other


 

I feel like I’m going to be spending the rest of the day reading over this stuff, but so far the new look of iOS 7 is the big story of this announcement. Some of the UI and new interactions look light, beautiful and fun, but I am not a fan of the new icons—a few of them look truly hideous.

I’m also very pleased to see AirDrop for iOS; it will be a huge win for education in particular. Speaking of education, iBooks for the Mac is a long sought-after app, and I’m very glad it has arrived with iBooks Author book support too.

Notably absent to me was the appearance of the AppleTV. The only mention it got was a multi-display option as part of OS X 10.9 Mavericks; definitely not the SDK that some were hoping for.

I’ll update this post as the day goes on with more info as it comes to hand.

Update: After thinking about it for most of today, I think there’s still so much more to discover. There are lovers already, and there are haters already, but honestly these opinions aren’t worth a damn until you’ve spent a considerable amount of time living in the new.

To that end, our illustrious Pete Wells has installed the iOS 7 beta on his phone, and I think it’s well worth keeping an eye on his tweets.

I trust his real-world experiences and judgement much more than the pontifications of people who haven’t yet had a chance to let it all soak in. Until you get that chance, do as I do and live vicariously through Pete!

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