At today’s WWDC keynote event, Apple announced iWork for iCloud, a new version of iWork that is coming for both Mac and iOS later this year. iWork in iCloud brings Apple’s iWork software suite to the web.
In addition to working on iOS and Mac, iWork for iCloud also works on Windows computers and in other browsers, like Chrome. In fact, it supports Chrome, Safari, and Internet Explorer, bringing iWork to all user devices.
iWork in the Cloud will compete directly with Google Docs. Google Docs however does not have the same ability to make documents, presentations, and speedsheets look as nice as Apple does with it’s iWork suite.
Apple has begun putting up internal banners for WWDC at Moscone Center. Apple had previously confirmed that it would announce iOS 7 at WWDC.
The design of the banner is very different to previous banners of iOS7 and shows the minimalistic feel that iOS 7 will have. Jonathon Ive took over design of iOS 7 toward the end of last year and is said to be interested in simplifying the design of iOS and make it look more like the physical design of Apple products.
At the same time a banner for Mac OS X 10.9 also appeared and also carriers a simple design unlike previous years. Apple will also announce 10.9 at WWDC.
The font on both banners appears to be Helvetica Neue Ultra Light, an extremely thin variant of Helvetica, Helvetica is the default font for all iPhone, iPad and iPod’s. It will be interesting to see if Apple start using this Neue Ultra Light version with iOS 7 and OS X
We found these images, which we had never seen before, doing the rounds on Twitter. We have confirmed that they are not real and are just mock ups.
Having said that, they did catch our attention as the design is very similar to the iPhone 5 and of all the mock ups we have see we think this is the one that is most likely to have come out of Apple. The strap is the part that gave it away. We think Apple will do something special with the strap that fits the design of the iWatch.
Rumours about the Apple iWatch have increased over the years but in 2013 it seems that most people expect Apple to actually release the iWatch.
For the first time in over 10 years Apple has not hosted a Media event in the first 5 months of the year. This may be due to the update of almost every product during September and October 2012. During WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) Apple will give a preview of iOS 7. So far rumours suggest that Apple will not release any hardware during WWDC.
The chart below shows the interest over time for the iWatch.
Apple has released a minor update for the iPhone 5, bringing an updated audio profile for speakerphone. The new version appears to only be for the iPhone 5.
The update comes in at 11,5MB and should take about 5 minutes to download and install. To update from your iPhone 5 go to Settings>General>Software Update. If you update through iTunes the file is 990MB and could take over a hour to download.
Recent reports are suggesting that Apple is working hard to get iOS 7 ready for release. Reports are suggesting that Apple has been pulling developers from the OS X division to help with iOS software.
Since Scott Forstall, who was SVP of iOS software, was dismissed from Apple Jony Ive has taken over most of the design within Apple. Ive is set to be doing a major upgrade to to iOS software with fewer skeuomorphic design cues.
The iOS software has not had a major upgrade since the original release in 2007.
No information is available as to when iOS 7 will become available but a preview of the software is most likely to be given at WWDC.
When iOS 7 is released it will be available worldwide including South Africa