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WWDC 2013 to take place June 10 through 14

updated 10:16 am EDT, Wed April 24, 2013

Will feature new versions of OS X, iOS

Apple has formally announced the details of its 2013 Worldwide Developers Conference. The event will run from June 10 through the 14 at Moscone West in San Francisco. Tickets will go on sale April 25 at 10AM Pacific time, and Apple is promising over 100 technical sessions presented by over 1,000 Apple engineers. As usual, the conference will focus on helping developers creating, deploying, and integrating OS X and iOS-based projects, and networking between fellow developers.

Significantly, the company is promising to provide new versions of both OS X and iOS to developers, neither of which have been formally hinted at by Apple until now. Very few rumors about either upgrade have surfaced.

iOS 7 has been described in rumors as a "rather significant system-wide UI overhaul," and as "making many people [at Apple] really happy," but something that will "make rich-texture-loving designers sad," though this may not be accurate. Lead Apple designer Jonathan Ive is in charge of the project, having taken over from fired iOS head Scott Forstall.

Apple Design Awards at the conference will include iPhone, iPad, and Mac categories. The company once dropped the Mac category to emphasize iOS, but has since kept it intact.




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  1. aristotles

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    Joined: 07-16-04

    It better not be a "Metro" inspired UI or I will have someone sledge hammer my expensive Apple gear and I'll buy a PC and install linux on it. If I wanted flat UI's, then I would have bought a bloody Windows 8 PC, windows Phone 7 and Surface tablet. I hate FLAT UIs they are a usability nightmare. Get Ive the hell away from the UI and back to hardware. He has no experience with UI design.

  1. aristotles

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    Joined: 07-16-04

    Time to short AAPL if iOS 7 looks like a Metro copy.

  1. jpellino

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    Joined: 10-29-99

    I rather think there's another way of looking at these particular tea leaves. I doubt Apple will be making things too different (they learned a bit of a lesson reverting some things in the last few MacOS releases). When people say UI it doesn't mean skeu vs metro - it means learning from some of these very same award winners to see where breakthroughs are. Look at the way AccuWx goes through the forecast, or the way Clear does lists... and in particular trying to reduce the "tunnel vision" inherent in small screen implementations. And as much as a paradigm shift as people would like you to believe, I've spend enough time with an iPad to realize there is some value to a document-friendly (no doc centered) approach - let me load files onto my device and decide what to do with them later. This whole thing about pre-planning which docs I can take with me depending on the app (should I email it? Dropbox it? Live with only iWork? I shouldn't have to worry about it ahead of time - much of the world still uses computer OSs and we should be able to cope with it "in post" as they way in the content creation business..)

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