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WWDC 2013

May 9, 2013 - Dave Hecei
wwdc13-about-main As I write this, we are well into the month of May. Apple has already announced the dates for their annual developer conference known as WWDC. This year’s conference will take place in June from the 10-14th.

The 2013 show and conference should be exciting. Because WWDC is a showcase for the Apple developers, the ones who write software and make hardware for Macs, iOS devices, and iPods, it is one place where Apple has announced new hardware.

At last year’s WWDC, Apple introduced the MacBook Pro 15 with Retina display. This year’s show could be used to show some of the new ideas coming soon from Apple. Of course they would only show something that was actually ready to start shipping so an Apple branded HDTV or an Apple iWatch will likely not be shown. A good candidate would be a new MacBook Air model, likely with a Retina display.

The MacBook Air is Apple smallest and lightest notebook computer. The 11-inch Air is also the lowest priced Macintosh, except for the mini, which is a desktop Mac. The Air is available with either an 11- or 13-inch display, which would greatly benefit from Retina technology.

The other thing that most Macs can benefit from is faster processing power. This will likely come soon since Intel will be releasing a new family of processors next month named Haswell. This new chipset includes a nice bump in processing power plus an improvement in graphics performance.

Current Macs use Intel’s Ivy Bridge chips. This chipset included built-in support the USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt along with the Intel 4000 HD graphics processor (GPU). While the 4000 HD is considered an integrated GPU, it is a vast improvement to older chipsets like the GMA 950 used in older MacBooks and Mac minis. The new GPU in the Haswell chipset is called Iris (some list it as Intel 5000 HD and/or 5100 HD). Other Mac updates are likely to come later in the year. This includes MacBooks Pros, iMacs, minis, and, as most pro users are hoping, the flagship Mac Pro tower.

The majority of this year’s WWDC is likely to consist of previews of the next versions of Mac OS and iOS. The next Mac OS will be 10.9 (no cat name as of yet), and the next iOS will be iOS 7. There has been very little information available on 10.9 so I really don’t have much to say. The only thing that has been rumored is new versions of Safari, Mail, Finder, and improved multi-monitor support.

The next iOS is rumored to be the first version overseen by Jony Ives, Apple’s chief industrial designer. What this all means for iOS 7 is a mystery, but could end up being a major change in at least the look of iOS.


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