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Apple WWDC 2013 conference: iOS 7, new MacBook Air, Mac Pro, Maverick, iTunes Radio & much more

(Note that the Apple WWDC 2013 keynote has now ended)

ITProPortal.com will be covering the 2013 edition of Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference keynote later today. The event starts at 18:00 BST (10:00 PST). For a quick catch up of what happened last year, you can check out the streaming video of WWDC 2012 which saw Tim Cook perform his first inaugural Keynote (note: Quicktime plugin needed).

Many expect to see the green shoots of an Apple mini-revival. Shares of the company have fallen by nearly a quarter since WWDC 2012 and, during a catastrophic seven-month spell that lasted from September 2012 to April 2013, Apple's market value fell by a whopping 44 per cent. The concern is that the company has lost its mojo after the death of its iconic CEO and co-founder, Steve Jobs and with competitors, like Samsung, being more aggressive than ever.

Check out what we think will happen at the conference (including the iRadio and perhaps the new iPhone 5S) and what Apple developers expect from iOS 7. You can also download Apple's official WWDC 2013 application for free, one that will provide with details about sessions, labs and special events.

Elsewhere, we've got a sneak peek at what we think iOS 7 might look like - yes, that flattened, minimalist aesthetic many are predicting is much in evidence. Or, for a slightly different take on what Apple could have up its sleeve at WWDC, check out our feature on Apple's next big thing: if not the iWatch, then iWhat?

Not feeling the WWDC 2013 buzz yet? Perhaps the inside scoop on how to stream Apple WWDC 2013 live would help get you in the mood. Beyond that, we've got a couple more great articles to help stimulate your interest ahead of tonight's big keynote:

  • 10 June
  • 20:04

    And we're done for today. Thanks for everyone that followed us today and apologies again for the downtime earlier on.

  • 20:03

    So how does the market react? Well, shares of Apple are down ATM, not by much though 0.5 per cent.

  • 20:02

    Closing words from Apple. Designed by Apple in California is the last slide. Apple didn't cram everything in this 2-hour event. Expect iMac, MB and MB Pro for later this year.

  • 20:01

    "We spend a lot of time on a few great things until every idea we touch enhances each life it touches."

  • 20:00

    About a new commercial for Apple.

  • 20:00

    And we're almost done here. Time to squeeze a quick video

  • 19:59

    BTW lost in the news... 1,500 new APIs for the platform, which is excellent for developers all round the world.

  • 19:58

    iOS 7 beta available for iPhone with release later this fall. Will be available on iPhone 4+, iPad 2+, iPad Mini and iPod Touch 5th. So my anonymous source was almost spot on.

  • 19:56

    Other features en vrac include Activation Lock, Facetime Audio, notification-sync, per-app VPN, Tencent Weibo integration and individual blocking.

  • 19:55

    Don't expect goodies like offline playing and the likes. Note that it says ad free with iTunes Match.

  • 19:54

    That radio is free. No adverts nothing. US will get it first. Then other countries to follow. Is Spotify dead?

  • 19:53

    Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, ipad, Mac and Apple TV.

  • 19:52

    This WWDC is turning out to be better than the launch of the iPhone 5 last year.

  • 19:52

    You can make your own customised stations. not unlike Nokia Mix Radio.

  • 19:51

    It lies within the music player. Maroon 5 playing.. Memories of CES and Qualcomm just surfaced.

  • 19:50

    iTunes Radio launches. And someone at Spotify just sighed.

  • 19:49

    App store will update your apps automatically by the way. Not unlike how Windows used to do it a while back before it all went pear-shaped. New media player coming up with some smart management capabilities.

  • 19:48

    Who wouldn't want to be BFF with Apple.

  • 19:48

    Not sure whether that's allowed in all countries. Anyway 16 car manufacturers will support it, all of the biggest players in the world.

  • 19:47

    He asks "What if you could get iOS on the screen that is built into your car, so that you could make phone calls, play music ... right on the screen of your car, or eyes-free using Siri."

  • 19:47

    iOS in the car. Now that's big!

  • 19:46

    You can now select gender and by default, you can control features on your phone. Bing, Twitter, Facebook, Brightness, Bluetooth etc.

  • 19:45

    Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, comes on stage to discuss about Siri.

  • 19:43

    Photo management on iOS 7 uses the same intuitive controls as maps. Pinch in to go to individual pictures, zoom out to look at groups of photos.

  • 19:41

    iOS 7 to offer categorisation based on location and time.

  • 19:40

    Multitasking looks a lot like Palm WebOS'. Airdrop is about sharing files wirelessly without touchin

  • 19:36

    10 new features coming up: Control Center, AirDrop, Multitasking for all apps, OS keep tabs of your app usage (a step towards an intelligent/smarter OS), Safari gets smart search field and a few tricks learnt from Chrome it seems (tabs can be stacked vertically).

  • 19:29

    Updates to folder and messages as well. You can swipe an individual message to manage it. 90 minutes running now.

  • 19:28

    Weather app and others have also been changed considerably.

  • 19:27

    Is it just me or some of Apple's features coming straight from the likes of HTC/Android.

  • 19:26

    Design of Game Center completely changed. Demo coming up. Fairly chunky stuff stuff showing.

  • 19:25

    You need to swipe upward to unlock your phone in the new iOS 7.

  • 19:23

    Tim Cook back on stage.

  • 19:22

    True multitasking.

  • 19:22

    A video is up now. Crowd applauds and seems to like what they're seeing. Given that they are la creme de la creme in the world of tech, it is a hint of what's coming up.

  • 19:21

    New typography. simpler. Windows-8 esque.

  • 19:20

    New slide to unlcok screen. A new design for popups

  • 19:19

    Jonathan Ive saying ""We have always thought of design as being so much more than the way something looks. It's the whole thing, the way something works on so many different levels."

  • 19:19

    The 7 Logo looks a bit like the Nexus 7.

  • 19:18

    Like Windows 8, it is both a back to basics and one of the biggest changes to iOS since the introduction of iPhone.

  • 19:18

    iOS 7 coming with a flatter, simpler logo.

  • 19:17

    90pc of iOS users on iOS6 (99pc on iOS5+). In contrast, JB reaches only a third.

  • 19:16

    iOS devices reach 97 pc satisfaction. 73pc very satisfied. Compared to 53pc for Windows Phone, 49pc for Android and 32pc for BlackBerry.

  • 19:15

    that's around 50 per cent growth YoY. Smartphone usage is 50 pc higher on iPhone than Android. Mobile web share is 60pc for iOS compared to 24 pc for Android. iPad 82 pc vs 18pc for others.

  • 19:13

    600 million iOS devices sold.

  • 19:13

    Now, iOS takes the stage.

  • 19:12

    Some pretty impressive stuff happening here. iWork for iCloud does run on Windows, IE and Chrome.

  • 19:10

    So Apple now has the equivalent of Google Docs for the cloud. Will it work on other browsers? How much will it cost?

  • 19:08

    7.4 trillion push notifications. 240 million users in Game Center. iWork is coming to iCloud.

  • 19:07

    300 million iCloud accounts. Fastest growing cloud event. Took Facebook five years to reach that number.

  • 19:06

    Tim Cook back on stage with iCloud. 800 billion text messages. Mac Pro is 12-core BTW. Unannounced Xeon?

  • 19:05

    Mac Pro, later this year. Assembled in the USA with self-lightning I/O ports.

  • 19:04

    Less than half the height of the old Mac Pro. 1/8th the volume of the old Mac Pro. The top of the Mac Pro is a handle, along with the cable jacks. That could be a great gaming rig as well.

  • 19:03

    Dual AMD FirePro graphics is in the new Mac Pro, 4K Display support (up to three at the same time). Now only need to have more 4K displays. Will Apple launch those as well?

  • 19:01

    Specs: New Xeon, PCIe v3, 1866MHz ECC DDR3, Flash PCIe-based storage, Expansion is external: Thunderbolt 2.

  • 19:00

    A few pictures

    Phil Schiller at WWDC talking new Haswell-powered MacBook Airs, big time battery gains

    MacBook Air environmentally friendly specs

    More numbers from WWDC

  • 18:58

    Whaooooo... Unified thermal core....

  • 18:58

    Everyone head scratching. It's cylindrical it seems (or is it the front of the case).

  • 18:57

    Whole room appears to be rocking thanks to some thumping bass.

  • 18:57

    Apple calls it the future of Pro (workstation) desktop.

  • 18:56

    Shipping today by the way. Next on stage is the Mac Pro. As expected.

  • 18:55

    MBA: 11-in $999 with 128GB, 13-inch $1,099 with 128GB. UK prices to be released later.

  • 18:55

    New Airport also comes with 802.11ac ditto Airport Extreme and Airport Extreme with Time Capsure.

  • 18:54

    45 per cent faster Flash Storage as well says Phil Schiller, who is now on stage.

  • 18:53

    802.11ac WiFi and up to 10 hours watching movies. Ideal for my next flight to Mauritius :)

  • 18:53

    Entire new line of MacBook Air laptops coming up with all day battery life. Powered by Haswell, 2x GPU, 40 pc faster performance (graphics). Nine hours battery life for 11in and 12 hours for 13in. That's up from 5 and 7 hours.

  • 18:51

    Mavericks preview release TODAY. public release this fall. Now focus in on MacBook Air.

  • 18:50

    Craig's doing a recap of what Maverick is all about. Hard to believe that after so many releases, Apple still manages to improve on existing features and add new exciting ones.

  • 18:50

    iBooks on Maverick looks very much like iBooks on iOS. same search, fonts, interactivity. But bigger, much bigger screens :)

  • 18:49

    Maps for OS X Mavericks serves up 3D street views, interactive panoramas.

  • 18:49

    Calendar auto searches adresses, restaurants. A nifty way of integrating events and places.

  • 18:48

    Calendar has search built in "during event" entry and can even account for how long it takes to reach a place.

  • 18:47

    Flyover views that used to be on iOS, now in OS X Mavericks. Maps seems to be very much like a refined iOS app, with Mac enhancements like tearable windows and notes.

  • 18:47

    You can access 1.8 million books from your Mac. That's right you can read books from your 30in display now.

  • 18:46

    iBook coming to iMac. The iPhone-isation of the desktop continues.

  • 18:46

    Maps on Maverick, you can search on Mac, send info and directions to iPhone. Maps will have a SDK for devs. iBooks for Mac. Full library of iBooks from your iOS device. Demo time for iBooks, Maps, etc. It looks as if Apple learnt from its past mistakes.

  • 18:45

    Notifications will pop up on lock screen after a wake from sleep, and it will update apps while asleep. Calendar has updates, with more in-app info like addresses. iCloud Keychain in action for a credit card field.

  • 18:43

    Notifications now has a text box responder popup for messages and mail. You can auto-reply to FT calls and delete emails as well.

  • 18:42

    iCloud Keychain will hold credit card numbers and exp dates, but not the physical security code. 256-bit AES, only trusted devices, on device and when pushed.

  • 18:41

    One click bookmarking in Safari. iCloud Keychain, new password/login keeper. iCloud keychain will sync across iCloud connected Macs with Maverick. A lot of new features indeed. Can't wait to try out.

  • 18:39

    A long demo by Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering. Dare I say, a better presenter than Tim Cook.

  • 18:38

  • 18:38

    "Safari is also awesome now when it comes to memory usage, using way less memory than other browsers." I'd like to see that!

  • 18:37

    Webkit used in 1.5 billion devices. Safari faster than Chrome by 44 per cent in SunSpider.

  • 18:36

  • 18:35

    Safari has speed improvements in browser benchmarks plus something called Auto-click bookmarks.

  • 18:34

    Safari update next. Sidebar with new reading list and visual navigation on home screen. Safari has social networking sharing built in. Hopefully, Safari will see a drop in resource utilisation.

  • 18:34

    Compressed Memory: compresses inactive memory on the fly, to free up memory for other functions. Reminds me of Stacker/Superstor (for those who remember Windows 3.1)

  • 18:33

    Open GL4, App Nap, Idle Hygiene (seriously!) amongs the numerous keywords flashed on the sdisplay.

  • 18:32

    Mavericks will reduce power state transitions, to reduce CPU activity by 72 pc. Mavericks is optimized for battery life. new technologies. Timer Coalescing will be the buzzword in this keynote. Something tells me that Haswell is not afar away.

  • 18:32

    You've got to love the jump to the third screen, at a time where most businesses (and users) are still on their first!

  • 18:31

    Apple TV through AirPlay can work as a third display. works just like the direct connected displays.

  • 18:30

    Multiple displays: dock can appear on either display. focus follows the mouse. Multiple Displays also handles full screen apps.

  • 18:30

    Tagging: save a document, add a tag. can search tags from Spotlight. quick searches for tags found in Finder sidebar.

  • 18:29

    Multiple Display support, something the developer community will adore. Dock and menus work on both displays. Airplay connected HDTV can now work as another multiple display. Awesome!

  • 18:29

    Finder Tabs part of OS X 10.9. Tagging in the FInder. You can save tags along with the filename.

  • 18:28

    OS X is not Sea Lion but Mavericks. Inspired by California, not by nature.

  • 18:27

    28 million units of Mountain Lion downloaded (rather than shipped).

  • 18:27

    35% adoption rate OSX 10.8. Mountain Lion is 10.8, ninth rev of OS X. Adoption rate way better than for Windows 8 FWIW.

  • 18:26

    72 million installed based for Apple's Mac. 100 pc growth compared to 18 pc for PCs. Loads of awards as well

  • 18:24

    Now back to hardware. Apple iMac is now first desktop in the US and the MacBook is first notebook in the US. I guess the MacBook wins though when it comes to sheer number.

  • 18:24

    Kind of cool. A video game for the real world where you can actually control cars. Anki is a robotics and AI company. Goes along way to show how powerful (and innovative) the Apple ecosystem is.

  • 18:24

    Boris Sofman, CEO of a company called Anki, comes on stage to demo Anki Drive. Robotic self-guided RC cars.

  • 18:23

    $10bn paid out to developers and half that in the last year alone. iOS represents 74 per cent of App download revenue. 20 pc for Androd and 6 pc for others.

  • 18:23

    575 million iTunes account most with credit cards nd one click buying. More accounts with credit cards than anywhere in the web.

  • 18:23

    50 billion apps downloaded to date. Apple App store turns five in a few months. More than 900K apps in store (375K for iPad), 90 per cent of them downloaded each month.

  • 18:23

    407 stores, 15 countries. Latest one in Berlin. Video coming up showing what it is all about.

  • 18:23

    Six million registered developers, a quarter of these joined in the past 12 months. More than a million people per day visit Apple Stores.

  • 18:23

    100 sessions, 120 labs, 1000 engineers. 24th annual WWDC, 66 pc first timers. 71 seconds to sell out WWDC.

  • 18:23

    Tim Cook comes on stage. "I'm really glad you liked that. Those words mean a great deal to us, and you'll see that reflected a great deal today. Welcome ot the Worldwide Developers Conference. You're going to have an incredible week."

  • 18:23

    Very simple scheme. Very flat and monolithic, perhaps a prelude of what's coming up later.

  • 18:23

    "Delight, surprise, love, connection?" & "Then we begin to craft our invention. It takes time."

  • 18:22

    "Designing something requires focus, the first thing we ask is what do we want people to feel?"

  • 18:22

    Video flashes "is busy making everything", "How can anyone perfect anything? we start to confuse convenience with joy."

  • 18:22

    And we're on. The lights are going down. WWDC 2013 starts now. No wi-fi given to attendees, possiby to avoid any interference with running demos.

  • 18:22

    Some pictures of the audience to whet your appetite.

  • 18:21

    As expected, Apple store is down in the UK (and pretty much everywhere)

  • 18:20

    And we're back after a short downtime

  • 17:30

    Hello readers! We've nearly arrived at Apple's big keynote and, to really get ourselves in gear, we're going to have to take a short break. Don't be alarmed if you can't reach us for a few minutes - we're just optimising the live blog to ensure we can bring you the best coverage of WWDC 2013. We'll be back before things kick off at 18:00 BST (10:00 PST) - the journey into the future of Apple and iOS is only just beginning!

  • 17:17

    The latest gossip has it that Apple's online retail outlets are currently offline - a surefire sign that new hardware is on the way? Could WWDC see the launch of the iPhone 5S after all?

  • 16:42

    It has been confirmed that those of us unfortunate enough to have missed out on a WWDC ticket (it sold out in about two minutes) will be able to watch everything unfold on a live video stream on Apple's website. You'll find a link to the action above.

  • 16:20

    Following the launch of Intel's Haswell microarchitecture, how likely are we to see new MacBook/MacBook Pro/MacBook Air devices? Very. Haswell may not be a huge step forward when it comes to performance but it certainly is when it comes to battery life gains.

  • 15:04

    More insight into what we might see unfold tonight as part of Apple's big WWDC reveal - check out the latest feature on what to expect from iOS 7, published and linked at the top of the page.

  • 15:00

    One anonymous tipster told us that iOS 7 will see the end of the single core system-on-chip era. Likely that Apple's latest iteration of its OS will not run on the iPhone 3GS (single Cortex-A8), the iPhone 4 (single Cortex-A8, Apple A4) and the iPod Touch 4th Generation (single Cortex-A8, Apple A4).

  • 13:33

    An interesting idea from one of our readers - maybe we'll see Apple's mythical intelligent 'iTV' materialise at WWDC today? We love the thought of that, but we'll have to see what Gene Munster says before really thinking it's true. That guy's just always right....

  • 13:00

    If you've already tuned in ahead of this evening's big keynote, why not engage with us via the comment section below before the live blog gets too congested?

  • 12:58

    And lest we not forget, E3 is also going on at the moment, so Apple and WWDC have to share the spotlight with the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 to an extent

  • 12:57

    It's certainly interesting timing for WWDC, what with Apple one of the firms caught up in the Prism government surveillance storm

  • 12:55

    A lot of the speculation has revolved around the possibility of an iWatch. Not that we're bowled over by the prospect of seeing the iPod Shuffle strapped to someone's wrist.

  • 10:28

    So, any thoughts on what Apple might release today on the hardware front?