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Apple previews iOS7

Apple previews iOS7

As expected during WWDC Apple gave a preview of iOS 7 which is the most significant update to iOS since the release of the iPhone in 2007. The new design takes away the skeuomorphic elements found in previous versions of iOS, instead favouring a clean and gloss-less “flat” look.

iOS 7

Among the updates were the following: 

Notification Centre: Notification centre received a complete redesign like the rest of the software and can now be accessed from anywhere including the lock screen. Notification centre will also sync between devices so you don’t keep getting the same notifications.

Control Centre: Control Center offers new preference controls. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen (including the lockscreen) to find quick access to preferences. It has switches that allow users to access Wi-Fi, turn on Airplane Mode, toggle Do Not Disturb, adjust brightness, and control music, among other things. The best part of Control Centre is that it has its own flashlight, so no more searching for your flash light app.

Multitasking: Users now have the ability to switch between their apps in a more visual and intuitive way.

Safari: Safari now includes one bar to search and type a web address and includes all the improvements that Mavericks has. 

Airdrop: AirDrop is an entirely new way to quickly and easily share content with people nearby. When you’ve got something you want to share, AirDrop shows you your contacts close by. Just select who you want to share with and AirDrop does the rest. AirDrop transfers are peer-to-peer so you can use it anywhere, without any network or set up required, and transfers are fully encrypted so your content is protected and private.

 Camera: iOS 7 introduces an impressive new camera app that allows you to quickly swipe between taking still photos, film and panoramic pictures. Along with the camera app comes the Photo’s app which now organises your photo’s into moments and has ability to share photos on the same photo stream.

Activation Lock: Activation Lock is a feature that requires your Apple ID and password before you can turn off Find My iPhone, erase data or re-activate a device after it’s been remotely erased. This is a great help for people living in South Africa as the phone will become unusable.

iOS 7 is available to developers as a beta and will be released to the public before the end of November. Apple will make iOS available to the public when it announces the  iPhone 5s or the iPhone 6. Based on the speed of the testing by developers we will be able to more accurately predict when the iPhone 5s or iPhone 6 will be released.

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Apple announces Mac OS 10.9 Mavericks

Apple announces Mac OS 10.9 Mavericks

Mac OS X Mavericks

During WWDC Apple announced that next version of OS X would be called “Mavericks.” Apple displayed a few new features that come with Mavericks which include: Tabs, full-screen capability, tagging, and independent handling of multiple displays.

Tagging items will allow users to categorise and search for files more easily. Mavericks also allows the user to use an Apple TV as a second screen. 

OS X Mavericks introduces new power user features for the ultimate Mac experience. Tags are a powerful new way to organize and find your files anywhere on your Mac or in iCloud®. You can easily tag any file in the Finder, in iCloud, or when saving a new document. Tags appear in the Finder Sidebar to enable you to view files by project or category. Finder Tabs reduce the clutter on your desktop by consolidating multiple Finder windows into one window with multiple tabs. You can customize the view for each tab, move files between tabs, and even run the Finder with multiple tabs open in full-screen. Mavericks also makes using multiple displays even easier and more powerful. The menu bar and dock are available on any display, and users can now easily run windowed or full-screen apps on whichever display they choose, with no configuration required. With Mavericks you can also use your HDTV as a second display using Apple TV® and AirPlay®.

Amoung the new features added was an update to Safari, notification centre which now allows the user to respond to notifications from notification centre.

Apple also announced a Maps Application for the Mac that can sync with your iPhone or iPad. The Application works just like Maps on your iOS device but now allows you to manage your places and plan trips on your Mac and then sync it with your iPhone. 

Maps brings advanced mapping technologies from iOS to the Mac, including crisp vector graphics, stunning 3D view and interactive Flyover™. With Maps you can plan a trip from your Mac, then send it to your iPhone® for voice navigation on the road.

Mac OS X Mavericks

Keychain which remembers all your passwords in Mountain Lion now moves to iCloud. Keychain will now also remember your Credit Card details and your wifi passwords across devices.

iBooks is also coming to the Mac which means you can now read your books on your Mac. 

Mavericks is expected to be released before the end of November and will only be available on the Mac App Store. Mountain Lion cost R159.99 when it became available on the Mac Apps Store. Mavericks will most likely cost the same price.


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iWork in the Cloud

iWork in the Cloud

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. 


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iOS 7 & Mac OS X 10.9 to be released at WWDC

iOS 7 & Mac OS X 10.9 to be released at WWDC

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. 

Mac OS X 10.9, 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

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Apple getting ready for WWDC

Apple getting ready for WWDC

Apple has begun decorating the Moscone Center ahead of its Worldwide Developers Conference next week. WWDC will be the first event that Apple will host in 2013.

WWDC, Apple South Africa

Apple is expected to give a preview of iOS 7 and OSX 10.9 during the event so that developers can get the apps ready for the release later in the year.

New Macbook’s and Macbook Airs are expected to be announced during the media event on Monday 10 June. There is still speculation as to whether or not Apple will announce the long awaited new Mac Pro. Being a developers conference and that developers are the biggest uses or Mac Pro we suspect that Apple will release the Mac Pro during the conference. 

Keep your eyes on our Twitter for live updates during the event. 

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New Macbook Pro & Macbook Air at WWDC

New Macbook Pro & Macbook Air at WWDC

We are only 20 days away from WWDC 2013 and news is very slow. We suspect this might be because Apple will not release any new products during WWDC this year. However Apple has increase it’s orders of Macbook Pro’s and Macbook Airs for the second quarter. This suggests that Apple is set to give the Macbook Pro and Macbook Air a spec update during WWDC.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggested that Apple would drop the non retina display Macbook’s but now believe Apple will keep them due to their high demand.

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#iWatch at WWDC?

#iWatch at WWDC?

JayJayAbels posted something very interesting online this weekend which we though we would share. Generally Apple Media invites have hidden clues to what products will be released but it seems like WWDC invites don’t give as much of a clue.

Below is the invite that was sent to the media to invite them to the launch of the iPhone 5. This has been the most obvious clue Apple have ever given in an invite. 

Apple iPhone 5 Media Event

WWDC 2013 iWatch

JayJayAbels claims that the invite to WWDC has cryptic clue in them. Here is his view:

It’s 100%… without a doubt… referencing an iWatch.

How anyone else sees something different is beyond me.

People in this thread are missing a fundamental point. Why didn’t they just use “WWDC 2013”?

WHY did they choose Roman numerals specifically?

It’s easy. A quick look over at Wikipedia will show you just how important Roman numerals have been to clocks all throughout history.

They could’ve just used 2013. They didn’t. That was done purposely and I came into this thread excited at how everyone would finally realize it was all about an iWatch. Instead there’s like 4 people in this entire thread who saw what I did.

As far as the multiple colors go… I think it’s also a nod to a variety of iWatch colors.

The different shape? A possible face for the iWatch. Clean and colorful.

The only thing I’m not sure of is WHY the colors are transparent. Maybe that was the only way they could show off the palette in a simple fashion?

Or maybe the face on the iWatch will have the ability to change colors?

WWDC 2012 Media Invite

Last year I was almost screaming the same exact sentiment. The 2012 WWDC logo absolutely referenced the Retina display. All of those colorful “squares” were popping off the logo in an attempt to convey the importance of pixels.

Make NO doubt about it… this is the year of the iWatch. And it will be announced at WWDC “MMXIII”.

This is the new iPhone. Believe the hype.

News and rumours are very slow at the moment but as we get closer to WWDC we will get a better idea of what Apple will do. 

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