By Vamien McKalin | Jun 11, 2013 02:26 PM EDT
Apple kicked off its WWDC keynote on Monday, June 10, to a lot of fanfare. Many were hoping Apple would at least announce a new iPhone in order for the company to keep up with the competition. However, Apple didn't take that route. Instead, the company announced some other exciting things that should keep Apple fans interested for a long time.
After digging though the whole WWDC 2013 scene, we came away with 5 high points that made the conference worth tuning into. Below are our 5 high points, it also shows that Apple is still in the games, though we had hoped the company would have announced the iPhone 5S.
iOS 7 - The biggest thing to come from WWDC is the all-new iOS 7, an operating system that brings to the table a new design that appears to take ideas from Android, Windows Phone, and WebOS. This is the first major update to iOS since the first iPhone, it's quite surprising Apple took so long to redesign the OS despite the fast advancement of Android. And yes, Siri gets a new voice.
OS X 10.9 Mavericks - A new version of OS X, which also has a few features found in iOS. For example, Mavericks will come with iOS notifications; it's not that much of a big deal, but it looks like something that could come in handy. The new operating system also has support for multiple displays and Apple TV sharing, a new Safari, and iWorks that take on Google Docs
New MacBook Air - Intel has announced its new Haswell processors and several OEMs have already announced Haswell-based devices. Apple has no intention to be left out here, and so the company has announced new versions of the MacBook Air that run on Haswell chip. Apple promises a significant boost in battery life, so an 11-inch Air should now get 9 hours of battery, while the 13-inch should get 12 hours. The new devices will cost upwards of $999 for the 11-inch model and $1,099 for a 13-inch model.
Mac Pro - The Mac Pro is one beautiful and powerful Apple-branded desktop that you may never own. The device comes with dual AMD GPUs, which are capable of kicking off 7 teraflops of performance, along with support for 4K displays and Thunderbolt 2. Surprisingly, the package is quite small for a desktop machine, and it should hit Apple store shelves before the end of 2013.
iOS for cars - Apple has added turn-by-turn navigation for vehicles to iOS 7. On the infotainment displays found in many cars, the new "iOS in the Car" system will mirror your iPhone. Messages, Siri, and more will be available directly on the dashboard. For those who find this appealing, you'll have to wait until 2014 to get this new feature into your car.
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