WWDC – The aftermath

Leopard DesktopToday Steve Jobs revealed many new and innovative products for both the Macintosh platform and the Windows PC platform, as well as developer news for the iPhone.

The main feature of the conference was the release of the next version of Apple’s OS X, named Leopard. New features included an updated graphical interface with semi-transparent dock and menu bar, a more consistent look across the platform (no more brushed metal look) an improved dock with an ability to ‘stack’ several items into one slot and a completely 64-bit operating environment.

The finder has also had a large overhaul – it now has a interface fairly similar to iTunes, with a 3 column view. Full previews of documents and media (including video) has been added. Coverflow has been integrated into the finder as well, allowing the user to ‘flip’ through documents.

Data back-up software called “Time machine” that allows users to go back to previous versions and revisions of a file in an unconventional interface.

Another important feature of Leopard is “Spaces“, where a user has four virtual desktop spaces instead of the usual one to work in. This allows a more streamlined use of the workspaces, and an ability to separate workspaces so as to focus on different projects.

The “one more thing” announcement surprised many people, with the launch of the Apple Safari browser for Windows XP and Vista. It is thought that the reasoning behind this move is to reap the royalties given by Google and Yahoo for every search done in that browser.

Other Apple programs given updates are iChat and Mail, with screen sharing and upgraded audio quality in iChat.

The iPhone is still slated for it’s June 29th release, launching at Apple stores and AT&T stores across The United States. Developers are able to create third party programs within Safari for the iPhone, however there is no word on whether a SDK will be released in the future.

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2 Responses

  1. Royalties? Much more likely: they need better website compliance with Safari, since AJAX web-driven apps will be the bread and butter of the iPhone, especially in the business market. This requires increased market share, and a lowered threshold for developers to test their sites on Safari.

  2. I think that is just as valid. There are multiple reasons behind this move, and Apple certainly does want better compliance with Safari

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