To accommodate newly introduced MacBook Airs that ship with 802.11ac "Gigabit WiFi" capabilities and Apple's forthcoming redesigned Mac Pro, Apple also introduced a new AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule at WWDC this week. This is the first update to the AirPort Extreme in several years and the first complete redesign since Apple moved from the UFO shape of the original to the Mac mini-like beveled rectangle, so it's worth taking a closer look at what makes the new products worthwhile.
We're finally here! Well, almost anyway. WWDC 2013 gets underway in just a few hours, so if you're looking for a great time killer then why not look back on last years WWDC presentation. As previously, there was no new iPhone hardware, but we did get iOS 6 complete with Apple Maps, OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion and the launch of the new Retina Display MacBook Pro.
We're less than 24 hours out now from this years highly anticipated WWDC keynote, and we're continuing our look back on past events today with the 2011 presentation from Moscone West. Continuing the tradition of the previous 3 years, 2011 saw a new iPhone, the 4S, the unveiling of iOS 5 with Siri, and OS X 10.7 Lion.
Continuing the look back at previous WWDC keynotes as we eagerly await the 2013 conference getting underway, today it's on to 2010. Earlier in the year Apple had launched the iPad, and already shown off version 4.0 of the iPhone OS, but at WWDC iOS was officially termed for the first time. We also got another new iPhone and the launch of iBooks for the iPhone.
If the rumors are to be believed, one of Apple's announcements at the WWDC keynote on Monday will be a music streaming service. Currently referred to as iRadio, the latest reports suggest that not only are the three big labels now on board, but that Apple will launch it as a free service supported by advertising. Wait, what?
Continuing our series of look backs on previous WWDC events, today is the turn of the 2009 keynote. 12 months on from the launch of the iPhone 3G, we got a first look at the refreshed model, the 3GS. The packed presentation also gave us a first look at iPhone OS 3.0, a TomTom demonstration and a refresh to the MacBook lineup along with the unveiling of OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.
iOS 7, right? Apple has started dressing the Moscone West with this years banners, and the latest one shows us exactly what we expect to see. After all, 7 comes right after 6. If indeed this is the logo for the new version of iOS -- noticed by Macstories -- it's definitely a more simple, elegant affair than years previously.
Reports are emerging that Apple has signed a deal with Sony Music which gives them the green light to announce their rumored iRadio service at WWDC on Monday. Earlier reports had suggested that Universal and Warner were already on board and that Sony was the last big hurdle to overcome before announcing the service. Before launching anything though, Apple still has Sony's publishing arm, ATV to sign on, though as Peter Kafka at AllThingsD points out, this may be a lot closer:
We're continuing our look back over WWDC keynotes of yesteryear, and today's choice is the 2008 event. In stark contrast to the year previously which focused mainly on OS X, the 2008 keynote delivered a full on iPhone hit with iPhone 2.0 and the unveiling of the new iPhone 3G.