WWDC 2013

OSX Mavericks

After watching WWDC on my Apple TV, I was once again re-energized by the direction of Apple.  Phil Shiller said it best:

“Can’t innovate anymore, my ass”

I wholeheartedly agree.  Here is my recap of what I’m excited about from this event.

Mac OSX Mavericks

iCloud Keychain

One of the increasingly largest challenges of navigating our digital life are passwords.  Large companies are hacked frequently, causing most of the biggies to implement two-factor authentication.  Gone are the days with one or two services we use.  And gone are the days where we are naive enough to think we can use one “master password” for all of them.  We need greater security.  I’ve been using 1Password for about six months and it’s a fantastic service.  Without getting my hands on iCloud Keychain, I believe Apple has solved this dilemma for us and offered it for free.

Finder TabsFinder Tabs

Sure finder tabs are cool.  But the win here is that each tab can have a different orientation.  Each tab can be searching from a different place and with different views.  As I think about the spaces I use now on my Mac, I can anticipate creating one more with Finder.

Tags

This wasn’t sexy, but it’s important.  I work in multiple environments and storage solutions with multiple people on my team.  We build multiple websites for our organization with WordPress and have lived with tags and categories for years.  Just as it provides a robust search experience, so can tags for my files with this new feature.  It can also help me see things from a more organized perspective through the finder.

iOS

Control Center

This small but significant move will save me from several taps to get to those important tools.  I think they have the right utilities in Control Center, but can improve them from time to time.

Multi-Tasking

Like Craig Federighi reminded us, we’ve had multitasking since iOS 4.  This takes things to a whole new level.  Two things I noticed was that Apple is saying they have figured out how to do multitasking without killing battery life.  That will be something which will be tested with time.  The second was how it has an eerie similarity to WebOs and the “card” design.  Regardless, I love it.  And I loved Craig on stage.  He’s getting great reviews so far.  Thumbs up to Tim Cook for tapping Craig to get on the stage.

iTunes RadioiTunes Radio

Pandora is in for trouble on this one.  I can listen to any artist I want, make playlists and buy the music I like the most?  I must admit I wasn’t really drooling over this feature as I was reading the tech journals prognosticating.  But the overhaul of the music app and integration with iTunes Radio is one more reason I’m glad I’m still grandfathered in with unlimited data from AT&T.

Overall

I’m always excited for WWDC and the innovation that is presented.  There are a lot of people writing reviews with what they love, that they don’t like, and what they wish they would have heard.  I’m just choosing to share the things I’m truly excited about and will anticipate using this fall.

Question:  What were your WWDC takeaways?

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