Apple today held a media event at their Cupertino campus in California to introduce a number of brand new devices and software, including the iPhone 5S, the iPhone 5C and the new iOS 7 operating system for mobile devices. Here is a run-down of all of the pertinent points from the event, which also included developments in iWork and iTunes Radio.
iOS 7 Showcase
Apple SVP of Software Engineering Craig Federighi came on stage to showcase iOS 7, the new operating system that contains a huge number of new features including new lock screen and notification center developments, enhancements for new Apple devices, as well as an entirely new user interface. Federighi announced that iOS 7 would be launching on September 18 and will be compatible with most iOS devices including the iPhone 4 and later, the iPad 2 and later, the first generation iPad mini and the iPod touch. The new software will be free of charge and will also ship with all new Apple devices. Apple has plugged in a new version of Safari and has made several improvements to Siri. There is a new multitasking view for the OS as well as three new ringtones. The software also contains a new Photos app, with better organization of images, as well as new filters for the Camera app. iOS 7 also ships with iTunes Radio, the new Apple music streaming service.
Apple is recruiting for two Senior Software Engineers for the iLife development team and is looking for individuals who will be able to help “re-imagine how user interfaces should be built and work”. The positions, posted today and yesterday, are based in in the California Campus and seem to be focused upon reinvigorating the UI for the iLife suite, which incorporates iPhoto, iMovie and GarageBand.
The iLife suite of programs last received a major refresh more than two years ago in October 2010 when iLife ’11 was announced at Apple’s ‘Back to the Mac’ event. The original suite also included iWeb and iDVD but these were discontinued and individual iLife programs, iPhoto ’11, iMovie ’11 and GarageBand ’11 were made available for purchase on the Mac App Store for $14.99 each.
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A new Steve Jobs e-mail response has popped up which may cause a few headaches for some Mac users. Apparently, a MacRumors reader has contacted the site to note that Steve Jobs replied to an e-mail that they sent to Jobs about the future of iWeb given the discontinuation of MobileMe in 2012. Jobs replied in his traditionally succinct style, explaining that the user would have to find alternative methods of designing and hosting websites.
“Q: Dear Mr. Jobs,
Will I need to find an alternative website builder and someone to host my sites?
I have invested a lot of time and effort and the thought of re-training sucks more than mobileme ever did.
Sent from my iPhone
The Apple productivity suite iWork ’11 is not going to make an appearance in the near future, based on stock levels of the existing iWork ’09 suite, AppleBitch has discovered.
While the new iWork ’11 had been almost guaranteed to appear at the Apple event on October 20th, the fact that it didn’t materialize came as a huge surprise.
Like…a smack in the face by your grandmother kind of surprise.
The rumors of the new iWork package had surfaced when it was discovered that Best Buy had both iWork ’09 and iLife ’09 on backorder, as reported by the excellent folks over at 9to5Mac. We had thought that they would release it in response to Microsoft releasing Office 2011 for Mac. However, AppleBitch.com discovered today that iWork ’09 stocks are now readily available again with Best Buy able to supply it within 1 business day. Continue reading
Apple today introduced the new 2011 edition of iLife, called appropriately enough iLife ’11. But was there anything to get excited about.
Perhaps. The new edition apparently is comprised of three programs; iPhoto, Garageband and iMovie. The massively glaring omission here is that iWeb has not been included in this new edition. Does this mean that Apple is dropping iWeb from its software portfolio or are they planning something bigger for the iWeb software which will be released separately. Either way, it’s missing from the new iLife package.
UPDATE: iWeb is included on the disc – it just hasn’t been updated!
Apple will be holding an event on October 20th called “Back to the Mac” during which it is expected that the company will introduce the new MacBook Air, together with iLife ’11, iWork ’11, upgraded MacBooks and……the new OSX operating system, 10.7 Lion (via engadget)
The media event will take place on October 20th at 10am Pacific in Cupertino, CA. Continue reading
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A new version of iLife (tentatively called iLife ’11) may be arriving soon with the news that Amazon has dramatically dropped the price of iLife ’09.
Eagle-eyed folks over at 9to5Mac have spotted that Amazon has knocked the price of the old version of iLife down almost 50% which indicates that Apple might be getting ready to launch the new version soon. Of course, on the flip side, the enterprising online retailer might be seeing a drop in sales of iLife ’09 as the rumors of iLife ’11 have been swirling around for a while, and made the decision to drop the price to stimulate a bit of action.
iLife ’09 has been due for an update for a long time (since the dawn of time in fact) Continue reading
There have been reports that Facetime may be coming to Mac OSX. The suggestion, by Mac4Ever indicates that an update to iChat may be issued in the future and that FaceTime would be integrated into the program. This would enable iPhone 4 users to have FaceTime conversations with people using Mac computers, presumably using the iSight camera.
While this is an obvious path for Apple to take, it suggests that they are positioning FaceTime to be the primary method of mobile and desktop communication in the future (assuming Apple also releases a version for Windows PCs). The implications of this addition to iChat would seriously impact upon Skype for the video call market share and could, potentially, involve integration of iAds.
In other news, Mac4Ever also suggests that iLife ’11 will shortly be released. Continue reading
While the Apple event on September 1st included a lot of new cool things (new iPods, iOS4.2 for iPad and the new Apple TV devices), it was also notable for the omission of several issues and features that Apple users were hoping for some news on.
First, the iPhone 4 was barely mentioned during the event, aside from a software update. This was unusual as the case program is ending on September 30th and Steve Jobs was expected to offer an update on the antenna issue. A revised iPhone 4 with some sort of non-conductive polymer over the antenna had been rumored, together with the announcement of a CDMA compatible iPhone, potentially destined for the Verizon network. Furthermore, the embattled white iPhone
Apple is due to hold its launch event on Wednesday September 1st. There are a number of new things expected to be announced, among them Apple iTV. Here is a roundup of the potential new products and software that Steve Jobs will announce when he takes the stage.
1. Apple iTV: The rumors on this have been flying round for so long that even the unconfirmed name of the device, which corresponds to a UK television network, is gospel. Expect an iPhone sized item, running a variation of iOS4 and priced at $99 with a 720p output and 16GB of onboard storage with streaming capabilities. Also, expect groans from the press when the pricing options for the streaming services are announced.
2.New iPods: Apple is expected to launch a new iPod Touch (Facetime compatible) and iPod Nano. The Nano may be about the size of a large digital wristwatch and could replace the iPod shuffle. Sounds awesome.
3. An iTunes update: This will be a requirement with the launch of iTV and neatly sits alongside the launch of two new iPods. The cloud based iTunes service is reportedly a long way off but expect a few changes in iTunes X (tentative title). Hopefully, Apple has been working on a complete revamp and will offer a suite of dedicated programs for iPhone/iPad interfacing, media library organization and eBook management.
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