Just before we get right into delving deeper into Apple’s iOS 7 upgrade and its expected features, we thought it best to first tie-up those “loose ends” by highlighting the remaining tidbits from Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference on Monday, that we feel are undeserving of their own article – but are still worth a mention.
iWork for iCloud
During the presentation, the company showed off a new version of its iWork productivity suite. Set to arrive on both OS X and iOS, later this year, the new version of the software will allow users to compose, edit and save their documents, spreadsheets and Keynote presentations, using iCloud.
“iWork has always been the best way to be productive on the Mac. And iWork for iOS made it easy to create beautiful documents on iPad and iPhone. With iWork for iCloud we’re bringing Pages, Numbers, and Keynote to the web — on Mac and PC. And thanks to iCloud, your work is always up to date on all your devices.”
The software was demoed running in a browser and appeared extremely fluid in terms of when used to play back animations within a Keynote slide. Apple also noted that, because its new iWork suite links in with iCloud, all your documents will be up-to-date across all your devices. Users will simply use their browser to login to iCloud.com with their Apple ID whenever they wish to create, edit, save, share or download their documents.
Note: iWork for iCloud works with Safari 6.0.3 (or later), Chrome 27.0.1 (or later), and Internet Explorer 9.0.8 (or later).
As part of its upcoming mobile operating system upgrade, Apple is set to introduce a new service called ‘iTunes Radio.’ Demoed during Monday‘s event by Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue, Apple describes the music streaming service as one which “re-imagines” radio, providing you with the ability to create personalised radio stations of the tracks you love to listen to.
“Tune in to iTunes Radio on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC, or Apple TV. You’ll have access to Featured Stations, stations inspired by the music you already listen to, and more than 200 genre-focused stations — including everything from Hard Rock to Doo Wop. Your stations evolve based on the music you play and download,” the product’s official page reads.
“So the more you use iTunes Radio and iTunes,” Apple says, “the more iTunes Radio knows what you like to listen to — and the more personalized your experience becomes.”
iTunes Radio will be available this Fall, and is US-only. The service will arrive FREE for those who subscribe to Apple’s iTunes Match service.
“All your stations and your History are stored in iCloud, so if you stop playing a station on one device, you can pick it up on another — no syncing required. And no matter what device you listen on, your stations become more personalized with every song you play.”
You can learn more about iTunes Radio at apple.com/itunes/itunes-radio/.
Here are some notable business stats that Apple shared during the conference:
- Over 1 Million people per day visited an Apple Retail Store (last year)
- Apple’s retail stores now span 407 stores in 14 countries
- Apple now has 6 Million registered ADC developers
- There are currently 900,000 apps available for download on the App Store
- There are 1.8 Million iBooks available on the iBookstore
- There are now 300 Million iCloud account holders
- Users have redownloaded purchased content 35 Billion times
- Game Center is used by 240 Million users
- The App Store has 375,000 apps designed specifically for iPad
- There are now 575 Million iTunes accounts
- Apple has now paid $10 Billion to developers
- The Mac now has an install base of 72 Million
- 28 Million copies of Mountain Lion have been sold (to date)
- Users have sent 800 Billion iMessages (to date)
- Apple has pushed 7.4 Trillion push notifications (to date)