There were some interesting announcement at the recent Apple’s WWDC event. On the last WWDC event, I watched the whole keynote on Apple’s website mainly because it’s announcing Apple iPhone 5. This time, I didn’t. I only watched the iOS 7 video and some articles about OS X Mavericks. I can’t wait for the release of iOS 7. I am pretty sure that I will be downloading it the moment it is released. In the past, I would just wait for a few weeks and then check the internet for any reviews or problems that might have been reported by other users.Well, the reason is simple, iOS 7 is like a major upgrade compared to previous versions. It seems like Apple is gearing towards what Android has to offer. I love the overall simplistic of Apple iOS yet in order to check my upcoming calendar events, I always have to unlock the screen and then open the calendar app. Now, the iOS 7 has a notification centre in the lockscreen which will be real handy. However, from the screenshots on Apple’s website, it seems like the notification centre is only showing missed calls, calendar events and weather. It will be great if the final version of iOS 7 includes items in the reminder.
Control center is very much like the one in Android. I can live without it but it’s nice to have. Shame that AirDrop only available for newer devices. The camera app looks like it copies Camera 360 but with less functionalities. All in all, the notification centre is the one to watch. I don’t want to always have to unlock the screen to get to see my tasks or events. It’s just one step too many.
OS X Mavericks, I don’t see much difference from OS X Mountain Lion. The only interesting thing would be the way it compresses memory to give better performance. When I bought my MacBook Air, it comes with OS X Snow Leopard. Just a few months later, OS X Lion was launched and then a couple of months later, OS X Mountain Lion. I kind of regretted for upgrading to OS X Lion. However, upgrading OS X operating system is not as expensive as upgrading Windows operating system. Anyway, there are significance in OS X Mountain Lion but the performance seems to be worst than OS X Snow Leopard. So, I am hoping that OS X Mavericks can be faster than OS X Mountain Lion as claimed.
A few days ago, I updated Mee’s iPhone4 to iOS6. It was a painless update and after about 30 minutes, Mee’s iPhone4 is fully setup. All I had to do was to backup Mee’s iPhone4 onto my Mac and then used the On The Air (OTA) update. No more erasing and reinstalling apps and games anymore. My iPhone5 is due to update and I haven’t done so because I haven’t actually synced it to my Mac. I shall do it sometime, until I free up some spaces. Another gadget of mine which is long due for update is iPad2. It is still on iOS 5.0.1 mainly because it is a jailbreak device and there is no jailbreak iOS 6 for iPad2 yet. I have been thinking about unjailbreak it since I don’t actually use a lot of pirated apps and games. There were a few pirated games but I no longer play them anymore. In addition, I just found out that Installous is not available anymore. I am now more ready than ever to unjailbreak my iPad2 by installing iOS6. It’s a bit late now, I shall do it tomorrow.
By the way, I am now using OS X Mountain Lion. I just upgraded it today and it took me almost an hour from download to finish upgrading. To be honest, this upgrade probably don’t really benefits me much but I just hate seeing MobileMe in the System Preference. However, I do feel that my Mac runs a bit smoother than when it was running on OS X Lion. A couple of apps don’t work but that doesn’t bother me either. Other functions are remain to be seen.
Do you remember the first Internet browser you actually used? I remember mine but not the version though. It was Netscape. I think I am quite a loyal user when it comes to software usage. While using Netscape, Internet Explorer and Opera were on the rise. I still stuck with Netscape and refused to change until Internet Explorer and Opera offered more than what Netscape was capable of doing.
Everything new sounds good but whether or not they could remain an interest after a prolong use is another question. Opera offered things that Netscape couldn’t do; multiple tabs/screens one a single browser and faster browsing. I was attracted to Opera for a short while but soon, I switched to Internet Explorer as Opera couldn’t display webpages as good as Internet Explorer. And then Mozilla Firefox. And then Chrome. And now Safari.
At work, I still use Internet Explorer. My development has to be mainly focused on Internet Explorer as that’s what lecturers and students will be using when they come to the college. Personally, I have started using Safari ever since I bought myself a MacBook Air. Safari works well on Mac but it wasn’t that great on Windows operating system. Somehow, I am used to it and I use both Internet Explorer and Safari at work and mainly Safari at home.
As I mentioned earlier, I am quite a loyal user and since Safari works well for me from the beginning, I am reluctant to change. To be honest, Safari wasn’t one of the best browsers available until when I updated mine to version 6.0. The most noticeable difference is the combination of web address bar and search bar. I have waited for this update since I started using Safari. I wonder if it will ever get updated to Windows version of Safari. But as long as I got it on my MacBook Air, I am satisfied. Initially, I thought that it will only be available to the latest OS X Mountain Lion but I am glad that I was wrong.
I might sound silly because other than the combination of web address bar and search bar, I don’t think that I will gain much from this latest update. Oh yeah, the Reading List is now available for offline. I never used it before but I can see it being quite useful before I go abroad or storing interesting articles as I browse. As I have only updated it in the middle of the night, I can wait to go home now and use Safari with multi-gestures as seen in the Apple’s WWDC 2012 Keynote.
A couple of days ago, I watched the Apple’s WWDC keynote on its website. I guess that was the first time I actually watched any keynote. I didn’t watch it all since it was about 2 hours long. I watched the opening and then skipped to the Mac OSX Mountain Lion. Or should I say OS X Mountain Lion since they started removing the Mac from the name. There are certainly a few good things to talk about considering all the integrations between Apple devices via iCloud work effortlessly. However, as a Lion user, I somehow feel a bit cheated since I have only just bought OS X Lion 7 months ago though it cost me just £20.99.
It seems to me that Apple are trying to keep up with the market by launching Lion instead of waiting until they have a more complete OS X which would have been the Mountain Lion. Mountain Lion can be upgraded from Snow Leopard and Lion and I am sure many will complain if Mountain Lion is only available for upgrade from Lion. I say, it would only be fair enough if there were two prices; one for upgrading from Snow Leopard (which should be higher) and one for upgrading from Lion.
Having said all that, I would probably be lining up electronically to purchase Mountain Lion since it costs a lot less than £20.