A lot of new and exciting things are on the way for Apple users, and they were all revealed to us earlier today during the company’s massive annual WWDC keynote.
Tech enthusiasts were somewhat skeptical about what would be announced at today’s event, considering Google did so well at its annual I/O conference just a few weeks ago.
“Can’t innovate anymore, my ass,” said Apple Senior Vice President Phill Schiller during today’s keynote, in response to the critics.
Here are some the main web-based features announced today that will change and improve the way you access and interact on the Internet (using Apple products, of course).
Safari Browser Improvements
- Safari has fallen behind the user-preferred Google Chrome browser, but Apple is stepping up its game with a refreshed Safari interface, social browsing via shared links, a brand new sidebar featuring a reading list and a redesign for Top Sites.
- Apple users who eventually decide to upgrade to the coming OS X Mavericks will also get a new feature called App Naps — a nifty tool for helping you conserve power.
iOS 7 Revamp
- iWork for iCloud will let users work with any files for Pages. Numbers or Keynote right in the desktop or iOS browsers, as a way to take on Google Docs and Microsoft Office Web Apps.
- You’ll soon be able to swipe between any camera app when accessing the camera, like Instagram, Snapseed, the native camera app or anything else.
- AirDrop, Apple’s P2P file-sharing feature, will allow you to see a sharing sheet whenever you need to send a video, photo or other file with one or multiple friends nearby.
- Microsoft’s Bing search has been integrated into Siri, and users will be able to use it to control a range of things like Bluetooth, brightness, Twitter, Wikipedia, your car and much more.
- Apps that require updates will update automatically in iOS 7 without asking you for permission first.
- iOS 7 will be out later this fall.
iTunes Radio (iRadio)
- Apple is launching its very own music streaming service, called iTunes Radio, which will compete with services like Pandora/Spotify/Rdio and will come built directly into iTunes on both mobile and the desktop.
- It’s only launching in the U.S. to start and will be free for all users.
- A premium subscription option will be available to users who don’t want to see ads.
- With iRadio, users will be able to create their own playlists, share music on social media and have it all synched up across all Apple devices.
Other Cool Hardware and OS Stuff
If you want to know anything about the new Mac Pros or Macbook Airs or the new OS X Mavericks, I recommend checking out our Apple experts’ columns for Macs, iPods/iPhones and iPads.
I also really enjoyed the live coverage done by The Verge today. Their team is extraordinary, and they’ve got a whole bunch of in-depth articles and first looks at what was announced today all over their homepage.
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