I’ve been spending time with iOS 7 since WWDC this year, and I wanted to post a few notes.
I installed Beta 1 on my iPhone 5 the day it was available at WWDC. I toyed with it for an hour before returning to 6.1.4. It was appallingly ugly and very, very slow. The icons looked garish, and the typography was unrefined. Not surprising for a Beta 1, but it was still pretty bad.
I installed Beta 2 on my iPad mini, just so that I had one device that was running the latest beta.
Apple’s fall product announcement begins at 10am PST; 1pm EST.
My guesses? Definitely: Next-gen iPhone 5S, iOS 7, OS X Mavericks, iTunes 11 (with iTunes Radio), updated MacBook Pro.
Maybe: New iPads (though I’d bet on spring instead), lower unsubsidized-cost iPhone for other (non-American) countries, updated iMac, updated Thunderbolt 2 display (with USB 3.0).
Not a chance: An HDTV, a wrist-watch, a pull-string-to-talk Steve Jobs doll.
How’d I do? How good were my predictions? Well, this event was a little shorter than I was expecting and they only covered iPhone-related stuff.
In 2011, I wrote about Apple vs. Android and how “It’s all about the ecosystem, stupid!”. The more time I spend with my iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV, the more of a believer I become in the power of the ecosystem. The Digital Hub Apple spent the first decade of this century focusing on the idea of The Digital Hub. It started with Mac + music, then they added photos, movies, TV shows, books, and all sorts of things.