• A few more numbers developers might be interested in: There are now 407 stores, with over 1 million visitors a day. There have been 50 billion app downloads of 900K apps, totaling over $10 billion in payouts to developers. Anyway!
• This joke killed, but then again, this is a developer conference.
• The next Mac OS will be called “Mavericks,” after a California surf spot.
• Finder is tabbed, for example, like a browser.
• You can tag files like you might tag emails in Gmail — “important,” “lol,” “secret,” or whatever you want. (You’ve sort of been able to do this for a long time, but Apple is making the process more obvious now).
• Multiple display handling seems better. Full-screening an app doesn’t disable the second monitor, for example.
• You can turn any Apple TV on your network into a second (or third) monitor.
• By their nature, though, these are changes you won’t really notice very much.
• The one you might notice, though: better battery life. A lot of attention seems to have been paid to reducing processor load during regular use.
• They’re already a lot like iOS notifications, except now you can interact with them. For example: You can respond to an email inside the notification.
…it’s still Apple Maps, which means the data and routing are, let’s say, second rate? Apple claims the data is improved, but it had an extremely long way to go.
• It’s a “pro” product, for video editors, designers, developers, etc.
• It was assembled in the U.S., which is both a big step and maybe not as big a step as it sounds. The Mac Pro is Apple’s least popular computer product by volume and among its most expensive. But — no price yet.
• Sounds a little threatened!
• It’s an interface for iOS that works on in-car displays. The buzzword here is “eyes-free.”
• It’s much more like Pandora than Spotify or Rdio. It’s based around stations, not individual songs, and is closely integrated with the iTunes store.
As Mac OS becomes less relevant, its updates seem to becoming smaller; likewise, as Apple’s iOS business gets bigger, its updates are more outwardly significant.
An interesting side effect of having two — or with Windows Phone, arguably three — advanced-age mobile operating systems is that they’re becoming remarkably similar, first functionally, then visually. We demand that smartphones be able to do certain things, and increasingly demand that they do them in a certain way, regardless of who made them.
This means that, despite iOS’ major visual overhaul, iOS 7 represents a loss of individuality for Apple’s mobile software. It’s a naked platform — what makes it better to some customers is less about what it does than the apps it can run.