In this week’s Apple Slices, we have several bits and pieces of Apple News to cover as we continue to march toward WWDC. On that note….
The Rundown is our recurring Facebook Live video segment that covers the site’s posts from the previous week, some Apple News, and some things that are coming soon on the site.
It’s been an odd year for Apple fans. No new iPad in the Spring, no big new product announcements, court cases left, right, and center – and even the rumors cycle has got quite boring.
Apple’s WWDC keynote event is tomorrow and hopefully there will be some exciting news after such a quiet first half of 2013. In the weeks leading up to it the vast majority of the speculation I’ve seen has been all about an expected design makeover for iOS 7 – the by now infamous ‘flat’ design, that’s taken to be all but confirmed by the look of the banners up at the Moscone Center where the keynote will take place.
The more I read about the expected new flat design for iOS 7, the more I think I have on big wish for the new version of iOS: that Apple is focused on improvements in features and functionality, not just on design. Great design tends to bring great functionality alongside it, as Apple products have often exemplified. So I don’t have anything against a design refresh for iOS; I am just looking for much more when we hear about iOS 7 tomorrow.
Apple has released a new WWDC app for the iPad and iOS today. The app looks useful both for those who are lucky enough to be attending WWDC this year and those who are not able to make it as well.
Here’s a slice of its App Store introduction:
Make the most of the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference with the WWDC app. Even if you can’t join us in San Francisco, you can still follow along each day — session videos are just a tap away for all Registered Apple Developers.
• Browse times, locations, and descriptions for sessions, labs, and special events
• Mark schedule items as favorites with a simple double-tap
• Watch session videos, available daily
• Start watching on one iOS device, and pick up where you left off on another
• Keep up with the latest news, get important notifications, and see daily snapshots
• View maps to find your way around Moscone West
• Provide feedback on session content and speakers within the session details view
• Add your attendee information to Passbook for speedier on-site registration
I’m not a developer and I couldn’t even come close to playing one on TV, but this app seems like it should come in handy for iOS and Mac developers. The session videos in particular I would imagine.
Do we have any iOS and/or Mac developers here? If so, let us know in the comments what you think of this app.
Here’s an App Store link for WWDC; it’s a free app – so a slight discount on the $1,600 price of a WWDC ticket.