WWDC Highlights: iOS 7, OS X Mavericks, Mac Pro & More

applestorepz(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Another year, a heck of a lot more announcements: Tomorrow Apple wraps up its annual WWDC event for developers in San Francisco.

And while the festivities may be drawing to a close, WWDC 2013 brought lots of big news for both iOS and Mac that should hold Apple enthusiasts over for a while longer (Okay, well at least until the iPhone 5S is announced, right?). Below we highlight some of the new things Apple shared with the world:

-MacBook Air: Apple has revamped its MacBook Air line to feature what the company calls “all day battery life.” In the mix are 11.6-inch (capable of 9 hours) and 13.3-inch (12 hours) display sizes. The 11-inch starts at $999 while the 13-inch will cost you $1099.

-Mac Pro: Apple has tossed out the cheese-grater effect and opted for a much smaller Mac Pro redesign. It’s circular, features an Intel Xeon Processor, is 2x faster, holds 1866 MHz DDR3 and supports Thunderbolt 2. The smaller design is based on a unified thermal core which cools the system.

-OS X Mavericks: Apple teased us by joking that the new OS X would be called “Sea Lion.” Instead, the company’s done away with cat names altogether, detailing “OS X Mavericks” during the recent WWDC keynote. OS X 10.9 features things like document tagging, new support for multiple displays, new drag and drop functionality, a revamped Safari along with new notifications on the Mac OS X task bar. You’ll also find a revamp of Calendars, featuring notification syncing with iPhone, projected weather and travel time stats.

-iOS 7: iOS 7 is pretty. Heavily influenced by Apple’s Jony Ive, the mobile OS sports motion tracking backgrounds (lets user see around icons from angles), a new control center, more multitasking, a revamped Safari and our favorite, new photo filters for camera mode.

-iTunes Radio: Apple has launched a Pandora-like music streaming service, something the company says is “radio reimagined.” With it, iTunes compiles songs you’re sure to like based on your habits. iTunes Radio also features Siri compatibility, exclusive songs and is ad-free if you use iTunes Match.

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