Today was the annual World wide Developer Conference held by Apple. The event opened with Apple talking about iTunes and App store stats with over 50 billion apps downloaded and 575 million accounts. To start off the event they introduced the company anki, an app-based game that involves racing cars. The app lets you control every aspect of the cars to win the race including speed and weapons.
What most people were looking forward to most likely was the Macs. Currently the Mac is the number one desktop and number one in customer satisfaction. As many were speculating there would be a new update to the OSX line and they were right apple is releasing a new addition to the line but they ran out of cats that they could name the operating system after. They took a new direction and calling the next OSX update is OSX Mavericks. This new line will introduce extended battery life, and many other features. One of the best features is finder tabs which allows you to merge all of your finder windows into one window making the user interface a lot cleaner.
With the addition to Finder Tabs the ability to tag documents was introduced this allows to to tag your documents much like tagging blog post or YouTube videos. You can also drag and drop documents into tags to easily organize your documents. Have you ever wanted to have the ability to use your dock and emu on any screen you had available to you will now you can with the Multiple Display feature in OSX Mavericks. To help to save battery life Apple has introduced App Nap. This allows apps that are not currently in view not to use memory that could over wise be used to run apps that you are currently using.
We all know that password security is becoming important, and to help with this Apple has introduced iCloud Keychain. This works much like the other password programs out there that lets you store your passwords, and even credit card info. iCloud Keychain allows you to access all of things you store across all your devices and logs you in automatically. With addition to web related features of OSX Mavericks Safari now has an added sidebar that includes your bookmarks, reading list and shared links. Now you have the ability to use iWork in a web browser. It has all the functionality it would in the regular computer program just on the web. Apple’s OSX Mavericks will be coming later this fall.
Apple also introduced an all new Macbook air line with added hardware upgrades that will increase overall performance of your system. To steal the show Apple introduced what everyone was waiting for an all new Mac Pro line of computers. The new mac Pro is built around a thermal core with all new Xeon processor and ram. Dual workstation GPUs come standard with the Mac Pro and allows you to have up to 3 4k monitors connected to your system. To even add more, Apple added support for the new Thunderbolt 2, and the Mac Pro is assembled in America. The Mac Pro will be coming later this year.
Not to say that all the other things announced weren’t big announcements but they saved the best for last. Apple announced iOS 7. The new iOS is the biggest change since the first iPhone. Ten new apps were introduced at WWDC including: control center, multitasking, Safari, camera, siri, iOS in the car, app store, and music.
One of the apps that people were waiting for the most was control center which allows you to control a variety of things on your iPhone.
You can even use the Control Center in the lock screen. Although the previous iPhones had multitasking it has been redone by Apple to make it more user friendly giving you a preview of the app along with its icon.
One addition to the Keynote Apple made was the addition of iTunes radio which allows you to stream music such as Spotify and Pandora. It is cross platform working on both iTunes on Windows and all Apple Devices and being ad supported if you do not have an iTunes match account.
Free is not a word that you hear when it comes to cellular data, but luckily NetZero is changing that. NetZero is offering free 4G data for the first year. This plan will include 200 mB of data with no contracts or commitments. While the data is for free you will still need to buy the device, but luckily they aren’t too expensive. NetZero is offering two options, a USB modem for your computer ($49.95), and a WiFi hotspot that can be used by any WiFi-enabled device($99.95). After your first year you will have to go on one of their 4G plans that ranges from $9.99 to $49.95 a month. The obvious advantage to this is that you will get 200 mB of data free for a whole year, but 200 mB really isn’t that much and NetZero’s network doesn’t cover as much as one would hope.
NetZero Coverage Map (image borrowed from hippestphone.com)
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Are you tired of seeing Newsstand or any other preloaded apps on your iPhone or other iOS devices? Then you are in the right place. To hide these apps you will want to do the following:
1. G0 to rag3hack.no-ip.org on your iOS Device.
2. Go down to the Hide Apps no Jailbreak.
3. From the list of apps pick the one you would like to hide.
4. A dialog box will pop up and ask you to install a certificate. You will want to confirm it.
5. Once you click Install the install will gail and ask you to retry it. Do not retry it but click done.
6. Press down on the app that you want to hide like you wanted to move it around and then click the “x button” in the upper left, and click hide.
This is everything you will have to do to hide Apple apps. The only thing you will have to remember is that once you reboot your iOS device you ail have to go though those steps again.
From the large amount of rumors that have come out in the recent months, there will likely be an iPad Mini. From this you can conclude that Apple is trying to create competition with the other 7-inch tablets in the market.
The iPad Mini will most likely have a 7-ish inch screen, but most likely it will not be a Retina display since they will need to keep the price down to be able to complete. Apple might put a higher res screen than the iPad 2 in it but not a high as the The New iPad. It should also have a A5 chip just like the iPad 2 and run the latest version of iOS 6. The iPad should include around 512 Mb of ram and the new lighting bolt connector like on the iPhone 5. There probably will not be a data plan version of the iPad Mini to reduce the overall cost of the product line. The form factor most likely will ether be similar to the iPad 1 or the iPhone depending on what rumors you look at.
Overall the iPad Mini, or whatever Apple is going to call it, should be around $200 to $300 depending on a couple of factors: if it has a high res screen, 3G or 4G antennas, and the processor.
The latest OS updated for the iOS devices is now out and available for download. There is a couple of things that iOS 6 has going for it, but on the other hand it also has annoyances too.
Redesigned App Store
Although the App Store is not a place that most people go to on a regular basis it is still nice that Apple redesigned it to make it more visually appealing and cleaner. With this update to the App Store we might actually see other parts of the OS get updates like the Home Screen and other Apple apps.
Apple adding the Clock app to the iPad
With this app now on the iPad you can not use you only your iPhone as an alarm, you can use it on whatever iOS devices you want to. Although Apple put this app on the iPad they did not use the same icon so this could lead to some confusion about what exactly it is for the people that are not good with technology.
From iOS 5 update we got Twitter integration which allowed you to easily tweet from your iOS devices, and now with Facebook integration you have two of the most popular Social Networks that you can share too.
This feature has been a long awaited feature of iOS 6. Since now you can see what websites you are viewing on all your iOS devices.
Lack of any customization options
Many people were hoping that iOS 6 would get customization options in the setting without jailbreaking, but we did not even get any added options. Apple does not have to give us all of them but a option to change the app icons like on the Mac would be nice.
You still cant delete Newsstand
The lack of the ability to delete Newsstand from your iOS device like the iBookstore is still annoying since you cant even put it into a folder to hide it from all your other apps.