Apple’s iWork for iCloud has finally received the iOS 7 treatment. On Thursday, Apple updated the Pages, Keynote, and Numbers applications for iWork— as well as several other online services from Apple—with the new iOS 7 design, making the template selection screen and document library look synchronized on iOS devices.
On Tuesday, Apple added a new gifting option to the iBookstore service, allowing customers to send books as gifts for the holidays. This is new for the iBookstore, which is the last Apple service to receive the gifting option; users have been able to gift applications and music albums for quite some time now.
Apple continues to push out OS X Mavericks app updates, the latest of which is iMovie for Mac application, having been updated to support Macs running legacy video cards. iMovie v10.0.1 for Mavericks was heavy with a redesign and new features, and as a result, the application ran slower than before on some older Macs. With this latest update, users of older Macs will be able to take advantage of the new features without having to sacrifice a whole lot of speed.
Apple has seeded two new Safari betas for developers to test, supporting OS X Lion, Mountain Lion, and Mavericks in the latest updates. The two updates include Safari 6.1.1 for OS X 10.7.5 Lion and OS X 10.8.5 Mountain Lion, as well as Safari 7.0.1 for OS X 10.9 Mavericks. Apple is prompting its developers to specifically look at PDFs, login and password autofill, as well as other general website compatibility and accessibility features.
Only a few days ago, Apple released two OS X Mavericks updates for internal testing, and the company appears to be making changes to individual applications in the software as well. Earlier this week, Apple released an iBooks update for OS X with a number of bug fixes and stability improvements. It is unclear exactly what specific bugs Apple addressed in the iBooks for Mac app, but it apparently wasn’t a big enough issue to draw public attention.
About two weeks after Apple released iTunes 11.1.2, the company announced the 11.1.3 update to address some minor performance enhancements and bug fixes. This latest iTunes update fixes an issue with the Equalizer in which it didn’t work properly at all times. The update also adds some performance enhancements that fix the speed of iTunes when users are switching views between large libraries.
Apple released OS X Mavericks yesterday, alongside new Macbook Pros and the new iPad line-up. In under 24 hours, OS X Mavericks is said to have an adoption rate of 7%, which means a whole lot of Mac users are upgrading their devices to the latest software. According to a live tracker from analytics firm GoSquared, OS X Mavericks hit a 7% adoption rate in under 24 hours as opposed to the 3% adoption rate of OS X Mountain Lion in under 48 hours
As Apple announced at their media event in San Francisco yesterday, we now have OS X Mavericks, which brings a lot of new functionality to the Macintosh. Most of it is pretty slick, some of it is quite intrusive, and a lot of it you’ll never even notice. I’ve been playing around with the new OS since soon after its release yesterday, and here are my initial thoughts.
During their October 2013 media event today, Apple introduced a redesigned set of iWork and iLife applications. iWork on OS X and iOS, and iWork for iCloud, are all free with purchase of a Mac or iOS device, beginning today. That includes all previously purchased iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s devices, as well.
It goes without saying that fall is my favorite time of the year. Crisp air, changing leaves, football, and multiple Apple media events. This time around, we’re going to be looking at the iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 (hopefully with better names than that), and we’ll likely get a better look at OS X Mavericks. To learn about these items as they’re announced, join us for our Apple October 2013 event live blog.
It has been nearly two weeks since Apple released the seventh seed of the OS X Mavericks Developer Preview. But today, Apple released the eighth developer preview as the company slowly preps for the public release. For now, Apple is tied up with the release of two new iPhones, as well as the release of iOS 7 on Wednesday.
As Apple continues to bring all of the services for its Dev Center back online, the company is reverting to its normal schedule for beta releases. Most recently, Apple released iOS 7 beta 5 and has now released the fifth OS X Mavericks developer preview. The last Developer Preview was released about two weeks ago, which means that Apple is still on the right track for preview releases.