Whew! We've already given you one blog post full of WWDC announcements, but that only covered the first hour of the two-hour keynote! That first hour put a lot of rumors to rest and announced a lot of really great features.
But I think that iOS is what was being talked about the most. iOS 7 has been a long time coming, and there were a lot of criticisms of iOS 6 that people were hoping would be solved. There was also a lot of progress needed to be made on iCloud ground. Do you think your mobile life will get easier with these announcements?
- Surpassed 300 million accounts, making it the fastest-growing cloud service ever
- Game Center has 240,000,000 users
- iCloud will be deeply integrated into the next version of iWork so you can create and edit iWork or MS Office documents in your browser.
- Available: later this year for everyone, developer preview available today
- Tim Cook describes iOS 7 as the biggest change to the iOS since the introduction of the iPhone
- Overall, everything is much flatter in design. There's a new lockscreen that you slide up to unlock. A slide-up drawer reveals settings and volume.
- There's a new color palette, new app icons, and lots of translucency. As you move the device, your motion is tracked so that you can see behind the icons.
- A new app switcher previews the app screens as you slide between them.
- App folders can now have multiple pages.
- Every app has been overhauled for flat design.
- The new Notification Center has several views, including "Today," "All," and "Missed."
- There are 10 new features, including Control Center (swipe up from the bottom of the device to access important settings, including a native flashlight app) and multitasking for all apps with great battery life.
- Safari has a new full-screen look and a smart search field, parental controls, a new tab view and favorites, and iCloud Keychain, reading list, and a "Shared" list that pulls from your social networks
- Airdrop-supported apps will let you wirelessly share things from device to device
- Your camera is four cameras in one - just swipe between them. There are built-in filters. Manage the pictures you take in a new Photos app that automatically organizes photos into "Moments"
- Photo Streams can be shared and managed by multiple people and supports video.
- Siri now has a new design a new, more human sounding voice. You can choose a male or female voice. It can now control more of your device, as well.
- iOS in the Car is a new app takes iOS right onto the screen built into your car or eyes-free using Siri. It pushes a special iOS interface to the touchscreen of supported cars.
- The App Store now updates apps automatically and has a new section that will show you popular apps based on your location.
- The Music app has been overhauled and Apple is introducing iTunes Radio, which will be ad-free for iTunes Match users
- iTunes Radio will be supported on iOS, Apple TV, and Mac
- Other new features in iOS include Facetime and iMessage blocking
- Something called Activation Lock that is expected to be a huge theft deterrant
- Available: this fall for iPhone 4 and later, iPad 2 and later, iPad Mini, and iPod Touch 5th gen or later, but will be available for iPhone for developers today
So, there it is! Apple's WWDC keynote's highlights! What are you most excited for?