year 2013 in review

As we are saying goodbye to 2013, let's take a look on this year's major Apple news.

We started 2013 with iTunes 11.0.1, Safari 6.0.2, OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.2 for Mac computers and iOS 6.0.2 for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.
In late January, Apple added a new configuration for iPad (4th generation) - 128 GB storage capacity, we guess it has something to do with the release of Microsoft Surface Pro.

AirPort Family 2013
802.11acIn June, Apple updated it's AirPort Extreme base stations and Time Capsules with new form factor, on top of the newer look, the new look is the new and even faster standard - 802.11ac (draft) - with a maximum data rate up to 1.3 Gbps.

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On Mac hardware, MacBook Air now has even longer battery life as well as 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard built-in. At near year's end, Apple finally released the whole new re-designed Mac Pro. Except it is pretty limited, most people will need to wait until February 2014 to receive one.

Mac ProThe all-new Mac Pro packs unprecedented performance into an aluminium enclosure that is just 25.1 centimetres tall and one-eighth the volume of the previous generation. Mac Pro features upto 12-core Intel Xeon processors running at Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9 GHz and two workstation-class AMD FirePro GPUs that deliver up to eight times the graphics performance of the previous generation Mac Pro. On top of that, PCIe-based flash storage and ultra-fast ECC memory.

On iOS devices, in May, Apple added a new more affordable iPod touch (5th generation) with 16GB capacity but without the rear iSight camera nor the iPod Touch loop, available only in one colour.

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Instead of the usual one iPhone model (different capacity and colour before), Apple released two models at the same time. iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c. iPhone 5s is available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB in Space Grey (black), Silver (white) and the whole new Gold colour. iPhone 5c is available in 16GB and 32GB models and in white, pink, yellow, blue and green colour.
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A whole new form factor for iPad - iPad Air, even lighter and more portable while maintaining it's 9.7-inch Retina display. iPad mini also gets Retina display in this year's update. Both iPad Air and iPad mini are available in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB capacity and in Space Grey and Silver colour. Like iPhone 5, iPad Air and iPad mini (with Retina Display) use nano-SIM cards for cellular models. All iOS devices are now available in high resolution Retina display.
Camino 2002 - 2013
On software aspect, one of our favourite browsers - Camino - decided to call it an end for development.

OS X Sea Lion
OS X 10.9 Mavericks was released on 22nd October for free. That's right, completely free for all Mac users with supported Mac hardware. Apple even made it available for those who still haven't upgraded to 10.7 or 10.8. The naming scheme for OS X 10.9 no longer follows the cat name, but a location name in California. (Okay, Sea Lion was a joke.)

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Apart from the new iOS devices, the biggest change is year is the new iOS 7. iOS 7 features new control center, and easier to access AirDrop, AirPlay as well as access to flashlight. However, the controversial part is the completely re-designed interface, simplified the design with new emphasise on focus (the task).

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iCloud has a new interface. Apple retired iWork.com, but the new Pages, Keynote and Numbers are now free for eligible users. Pages, Keynote and Numbers are also available free as web version (cloud). New Pages, Keynote and Numbers focused on collaboration between co-workers as friends you share the documents with. Unfortunately to maintain compatibility with Mac, iOS and browser based platforms, a few features were removed from the new iWork. Luckily, users of previous iWork'09 can still access previous versions for special features and functions.


Posted by Antony at December 29, 2013 9:06 AM

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