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