Guess who got the big hand?

June 13th, 2013 by

Apple WWDC logoThe coverage on this year’s WWDC keynote was as hyped as every year. Here are some links to comments we found interesting, and our own two cents.

And who did of course get the big hand? Sir Jony Ive sitting on the front row and bursting with pride over his iOS 7 relaunch design.

Anyone who feared that Apple might loose some of its lustre and innovation power? Boy, were they wrong. This was a very strong show and we presume AAPL will be surging again. Even Tim Cook seemed more relaxed and comfortable on the stage. Of course he will likely be benefiting from practicing and coaching, but I think I would also have felt uncomfortable presenting iPhone 5 back then. This time he had a much better deck on his hand.

Daring Fireball, our favourite blog when it comes to putting things (back) into perspective, links a few cool posts on this year’s WWDC. We suggest you start with Brian Lam’s “All the Apple News (In Brief)” as an executive summary. The next two articles we’d like to draw your attention to are Frank Chimero’s “Generosity of Perspective”, a thoughtful critique of iOS 7, and Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan’s “iOS 7: Instead of Flatness, We Got Depth”, an sharp and smart take on iOS 7’s new design. Nothing to add to these assessments. Full stop.

Our own observations? Technically, i.e. in terms of airtime and new features introduced, Mavericks and iOS 7 were pretty much at par, if not with a slight advantage for OS X. The changes for multiple screens in Finder, Spaces and Mission Control, and the battery life improvements are enormous mountains of code updates and probably affect way larger parts of the code we all might dare to imagine. We hence think that Mavericks will be a substantial, deep reaching update to OS X.

Many changes in iOS 7 on the other hand seem technically less disruptive. From a developer’s perspective, a third or so of the touted new features are updates to the UI and bundled apps. These don’t affect the OS’s foundation. Another third of the updates seems to live on Apple’s server farms (Siri, localised app recommendations, and iTunes Radio). But then, we don’t have the full picture yet.

What struck us, apart from what everybody else has been commenting: