At Apple’s annual World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) today the company announced OS X Mavericks, updated the MacBook Air and Mac Pro and announced the new IOS 7 mobile operating system.
The new IOS 7 mobile operating system is now being made available in developer preview, with general availability set for later this year. The highlight of the new release is an overhaul of the user interface, including a new Control Center feature. The Control Center will be the central point for managing commonly used device settings from one central location.
IOS 7 will also improves the IOS notification center that first debuted in the IOS 5 release. In the new release, notifications will be available to users directly from the lock screen. Multi-tasking, which is something that IOS competitor have often knocked Apple on, will also get boost.
During the WWDC keynote, Apple CEO Tim Cook took the time to take specific aim at rival Google’s Android. Apple’s CEO berated Android fragmentation as being detrimental to both users and developers. While 93 percent of IOS users are currently running IOS 6, Cook noted that Android’s installed base includes a mixed bag of older Android releases including Gingerbread with 37 percent of users and Ice Cream Sandwich at 26 percent of users.
OS X Mavericks
Apple is also previewing its latest Mac OS X released, Mavericks. The new release will fix Apple’s longstanding lackluster support for multiple displays.