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Apple reveals new operating systems and updated products

Apple has released new operating systems for its mobile devices and Macs and updated products at the annual WorldWide Developer Conference in San Francisco.

iOS 7 was launched with a new interface, features and apps for mobile users. A new version of its OS X Mavericks is in development and Apple claims it will have 200 new features on its Mac devices. MacBook Air has been updated to feature up to 12 hours of battery life. Apple has redesigned Mac Pro with a cylindrical structure encasing a unified thermal core.

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iOS 7

Apple’s release of iOS 7 comes with a new user interface, features and apps.

iOS is the operating system for Apple’s mobile devices including iPhones, iPod Touch, iPads and Apple TV.

The new user interface has been redesigned to utilise the entire screen, making the screen appear bigger.

Control Centre has been introduced to hopefully allow users to easily access controls such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, adjusting screen brightness, navigating music and apps.

Notification centre will be seen on the lock screen and the new ‘Today’ feature will show a brief summary of important details of your day including weather, traffic and calendar events.

Airdrop is a feature that will allow users to transfer files to contacts nearby without the need of a network. iCloud Photo Sharing is also part of iOS 7 where sharing photos can be done via the cloud.

Apple has introduced Moments, a new feature to its photo app to organise photos and videos according to the time and location taken.

Safari will have full-screen browsing, a new view for bookmarks and tabs. Newly added to Safari is iCloud Keychain, a password manager that hopes to ensure credit card information and passwords are secured and available on all devices.

New male and female voices have been added to Siri. Users will be able to ask Siri what people are saying on Twitter. Siri will have access to Wikipedia and will be offering answers from Bing web search instead of Google.

iTunes Radio is a new addition to the music app, an ad-supported free Internet radio service featuring more than 200 stations and a selection from iTunes store. Users that want to listen to iTunes Radio ad-free can purchase iTunes Match. It will be released in the US later in the year but there has been no information about international releases yet.

iOS 7 will be available in September as a free software update.

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OS X Mavericks

Apple released a preview of the development of OS X Mavericks hoping to integrate its mobiles with other Mac devices and prolong battery life.

iBooks and Apple Maps which are originally mobile apps will be available on desktop. Users can use iBooks across their devices, reading on one device but then picking up where you left on another device.

Tags will be a new feature, allowing you to organise and find files on your Mac or in the iCloud. Files in the Finder can be tagged and will appear in the Finder Sidebar. Apple hopes that Finder Tabs will declutter the desktop by having one window with multiple tabs.

Timer Coalescing will group low-level processes and applications allowing CPU to spend more time saving energy without affecting performance or responsiveness. App Nap is aimed at reducing power consumption from apps that are not used. Compressed Memory will automatically compress inactive data but will compress when they are needed.

OS X Mavericks is available later in June from the Mac App Store.

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MacBook Air

Apple has updated the 13-inch MacBook Air to have up to 12 hours of battery life and the 11-inch will deliver up to nine hours.

Apple has also introduced the redesigned AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule base stations. The new base stations will have high-powered radios and a six-element beam antenna array to increase range and performance. AirPort Time Capsule will work with Time Machine to wirelessly backup several Macs.

MacBook Air, AirPort Extreme and Airport Time Capsule are now available through the Apple online store, retail stores and authorised resellers.

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Mac Pro

Apple released the new Mac Pro that has been built around a unified thermal core.

The desktop is designed to share its thermal capacity across all the processors and is one-eighth the volume of the current Mac Pro.

According to Apple, the Mac Pro comes with two AMD FirePro workstation-class GPUs and features PCle-based storage.

Mac Pro will be available later this year.

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