Apple really sounded off announcements today at the first day of their Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, and they certainly didn’t disappoint. We saw a variety of new products soon-to-come including a new iteration of their mobile OS and desktop OS. Though the new features and devices are impressive, we have to question whether the changes and improvements will be enough to keep Apple at the prominent position it’s in. Our prediction? Yes.
So far, Apple has announced the next version of their iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad OS, iOS 6, bringing with it a variety of new features. Also, The successor to OSX Lion is officially Mountain Lion, revealed to bring more apps, more Airplay, GameCenter, notifications, and more. There was also considerable excitement over the new expensive but premium MacBook Pro, boasting a Retina Display screen and a body thin as the Macbook Air. The iPad will also receive Siri to boot, and Siri will have a host of improvements.
Here’s the feature breakdown:
iOS 6 – New features are interesting but somewhat uninspired.
- New Maps app with “Flyover”, allowing users to see an aerial view with real images
- GameCenter gets challenges
- Deeper Facebook “integration” to accompany that of Twitter
- “Do Not Disturb” disables ringer during specified hours
- “Passbook” app unifies gift cards, coupons, tickets, and more
Mountain Lion – Receives very iOS-like features.
- All-new Safari with iCloud-syncing tabs to OSX and iOS devices
- GameCenter support
- iCloud with support for Documents
- Notification Center
- AirPlay (1080p streaming)
Siri – Can do stuff we thought she already could.
- Launch apps
- Give team, league, and player stats, scores, and standings
- Give movie showtimes and read reviews along with actor information
- Yelp business reviews
- OpenTable reservations
- “Eyes Free” feature coming with future car integration
It’s expected that we’ll see a couple other things at this year’s WWDC–and we should. We expect an Apple TV SDK as well as refreshes of the iMac and Mac Pro with Retina Displays. Despite the near overload of Apple’s announcements, we still have four days remaining of the WWDC conference. The question is: how much more can Apple change everything?