WWDC13: The Internet Responds to Apple’s Latest Offerings

ios7logoIt’s been one week since Apple developers, fanboys and fangirls left the Moscone Center and WWDC13, hurrying home to download the beta versions of the company’s new operating system, Mavericks, and the freshly redesigned iOS 7. And in the week that has past, the Internet had its chance to debrief. The reviews are in. What did we learn and what did we like?

People aren’t sure what to make of iOS 7’S new icons. 

Across Apple fan sites, a spate of anything-Jony-Ive-can-do-I-can-do-better screen shots of tweaked iOS icons popped up. "Critics are upset with how the new iOS was designed, being a mix of flat with a dash of something else," the design site Enfuzed noted.

But GigaOM tried to put things in context for naysayers and Apple’s chicken littles:

“It’s true that there are some changes that are a bit off-putting, and plenty of details and elements that are not quite right yet — as several designers have told me,” GigaOM’s Erica Ogg wrote. “But remember: it’s been eight months since iOS 6 came out and iOS 7 is a pre-release beta. It’s a good bet that what Apple unveiled Monday is going to be tweaked and adjusted as needed over the next few months.

Apple put more into redesigning iOS 7 than Mavericks.  

Although Mavericks, Apple’s newest iteration of its OSX named after a popular California surfing spot, has roughly 10 new features, it sticks closely to its predecessor for the most part.

“The most interesting thing to me about OS X Mavericks is that it largely sticks with the old OS X design,” observes the Apple Gazette. “Calendar and Game Center are getting upgrades to look more like their iOS counterparts, but the rest of OS X looks the same way it always has. Will OS 10.10 or 10.11 boast a flat design more like iOS 7? I’d bet on it. Apple simply didn’t have time to overhaul both operating systems yet.”

The new Mac Pro tamps down “can’t innovate anymore” talk.

Among the most striking revelations at WWDC 13 was the new Mac Pro (which the world agreed looked like anything but a computer, and closer to Darth Vader’s helmet, for what it’s worth).

Still, the machine’s design, size and computing power—Intel XeonE5 processors, 60 GB of ram—received rave reviews.

"[It’s] much smaller than you'd think — though pulling the cover off reveals that it's absolutely packed inside," said The Verge. "It's one of the tightest packages we've ever seen."

iTunes Radio could be competitive with other online music streaming solutions.

Apple might be late to the web radio trend, but they came out swinging. The new service, which includes no ads for people who already subscribe to iTunes Match and ad-supported free version for those who don’t, is designed to compete with Spotify and Google Play Music.

“iTunes Radio is most similar to Pandora, allowing users to create custom radio stations based on songs and artists, while also discovering new music through "featured" radio stations,” Mashable says.

And they made a cool infographic to compare the features of the most popular streaming services.