Like all good nerds, I was glued to Monday’s keynote at WWDC.
Now. If that sentence makes no sense to you, I advise you to skip to the next blog post. Because what follows will make even less sense…
I’ve divided my immediate reactions into the following three themes:
1. Reasons to be cheerful
- iOS7 looks beautiful: Yes, there’s been lots of criticism levelled at how it looks, but personally I love it. It is just what I was looking for. Clean, bright, easy to read. The Calendar app in particular is gorgeous. Well done Jony Ive and your team of magical design elves. You’ve impressed this geek enormously.
- iOS7 has lots of lovely functionality: Lots of this should have been there from day one -nonetheless, I’m delighted to see the introduction of Control Centre and the improvements to multi-tasking. Some would say the *introduction* of multi-tasking, but I won’t as I’m afraid Jony knows where I live.
- OSX addresses lots of interface gripes: I’m just glad to see the back of faux leather and green felt. OSX (and iOS 7) has shed the curse of heavy-handed visual metaphors like leather calendars. I want my apps to look like apps, not nasty objects I wouldn’t have in my own home.
- iCloud is getting a security boost: through the introduction of a password-keychain functionality. It closely resembles an existing application on sale, but you know, that’s how Apple rolls. I’ve got more passwords than you can shake a stick at, so this looks like an excellent solution.
- Maps on the desktop: a real no-brainer, but the functionality to send maps from desktop to iDevice is brilliant. It’s the only reason I look up locations on my Macbook Air – to then walk there. Sending it to my iPhone is handy. I have *no* sense of direction. And London has just too many streets…
2. It’s not all good news
- Oh the wait…No definite launch date for either iOS 7 or OSX except “the Fall”, something that doesn’t even exist here. Autumn, Apple.. it’s called Autumn. Now that I’ve seen these upgrades, iOS 6 makes my eyes bleed. Not really, but I just want the new shiny shiny NOW.
- iBooks is tempting but…all my ebooks live in Amazon. But I don’t use a Kindle anymore. And iBooks looks like organising my many books would be easy on the desktop. Much easier than “collections” on the Kindle. Hmmm… I am *not* re-buying all my books in epub format, Apple. Make this easier for me.
- iTunes still looks like a massive lump of a thing…too many apps squeezed into one. I was hoping that they would pull out movies, books, podcasts just like on iOS. Syncing with iDevices could also be separated, making iTunes lighter and less likely to crash so often.
- iRadio is US-only…for now. This sounds like a great concept, but I’d need to see it in the flesh to buy in.
3. I have questions!
- Will iBooks sync non-DRM files across all iDevices? That might make me buy in and start using it instead of Kindle. Maybe.
- Will iTunes split any further before launch? Come one, there’s time. You could launch it with new iPods at a standalone event. People all over the known universe would thank you.
- Will anyone anywhere actually use iWork? I don’t know a single human who relies on it instead of office to get serious work done. Believe me, I’ve tried. It’s just too different and doesn’t play nice with Office files. Again, I’m open to being convinced, but I’m not chomping at the bit to get my hands on this.
- How much will OSX cost? If it’s less than £50 I’m in. If it’s more than £50 I’m still in (come on!) but reserve the right to complain.
- Will the iOS launch coincide with new iOS devices? It’d better. I want a retina iPad mini with 4G. And an iPhone 6. Obviously.
Obviously, I have more questions…but it’s been a long day and I haven’t been fed yet. So, watch this space.
In summary: nice upgrades but I’d like them tomorrow.