It’s been more than six months since consumers received big news from Apple, but the lull was disrupted earlier today with the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference. Apple kicked off its annual event in San Francisco with the keynote address, given by Apple’s chief executive ,Tim Cook, at 1 p.m. Eastern time Monday, revealing OS X 10.9, better known as Mavericks, a Safari update, a new Maps tool and several new MacBook Air models.
Rumors swirled that the tech giant’s meeting would churn up iOS 7, the next full iteration of the company’s operating system for mobile devices, an iRadio streaming service, and refreshed MacBook Airs, among other things. We received all three: the Macbooks, iOS 7 and iRadio, which is expected to be cheaper than Spotify or Pandora (score!). Here, we outline what Apple revealed at one of its largest WWDC events to date.
Mac OS Mavericks
The latest operating system gives users more multitasking capabilities, as well as more screen access.
Apple’s own mapping tool features 3D maps and allows users to get an instant estimated time of arrival (ETA) for any address in a Calendar event.
According to Apple, the next version of Safari will have enhanced security, faster page rendering, and will allow users to breeze through multiple articles on the same site. In addition, the new home screen will feature top sites, which includes bookmarks, Reading Lists–a feature that allows users to keep scrolling when you reach the end of an article–and shared links, which permits simple posting to social networking sites like Twitter. More on the performance side, Safari 7 boasts Nitro tiered JIT, Nitro fast start, background tab optimization, and better memory usage, CNET reports.
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