Monday, June 10, 2013

Apple Plays Catch-up (Part II)

Just finished catching up on Apple's WWDC this afternoon. Just a few comments on the new iOS 7. Apple finally seems to have caught up to the other mobile OS platforms out there in a few regards:

1. True multi-tasking - in theory, we'll see how real it is. Everyone else has been doing it, now Apple's in the club. Welcome aboard.

2. Control center - I know this has been a much talked about feature on a lot of tech blogs, and Apple finally gave iOS users easy access to their settings. Welcome, again.

3. Fragmentation - yeah, they are catching up here too.  Tim Cook took some shots at Android fragmentation early on with comments like...

"93 percent of iOS users are on iOS 6. "That's in stark contrast to the world of Android." 


"More than a third of Android users are using an operating system that was released in 2010"

Well. Then he went on later to note that iOS 7 will only be supported on iPhone 4S and up, and iPad 2 and up.  I guess this fall Apple will have to stop talking about fragmentation.

I didn't really see anything else that struck me as new or interesting. Seemed that AirDrop was the big thing for them aside from the redesign of icons and apps. I'm not even sure what it is, some kind of file sharing feature. As expected Apple finally did away with the skeumorphism that everyone on iOS seemed hung up on.