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WWDC 2013 iOS 7 expectations: 8 features we’ll be waiting for

WWDC 2013 iOS 7 expectations: 8 features we’ll be waiting for

WWDC is coming up quick, folks. On Monday, we’d like to think that Apple will be announcing some new products, including some new MacBooks, a possible iRadio announcement, and maybe a Mac Pro refresh. However, something we’re almost certain about is an iOS 7 unveil, thanks to getting a peek at the banners at Moscone West before WWDC kicks off. I’ve spent a lot of time with iOS, and while I mostly love the user interface, design, and apps, there are several features that are downright annoying that Apple needs to fix in iOS 7.

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WWDC 2013: what you WON’T be seeing

WWDC 2013: what you WON’T be seeing

Starting Monday, Apple's 2013 iteration of their developers convention WWDC begins in San Francisco - and there's a lot you'll not be seeing. It's not that there'll be a lot of information under the skin and behind closed doors, that's not what this is all about. Instead, it's all about what's still in the wings at Apple, what's not quite ready to be released, and what will never, ever be released, especially not next week.

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iOS 7 gets flat with Apple banner at WWDC [UPDATE: OS X]

iOS 7 gets flat with Apple banner at WWDC [UPDATE: OS X]

Just days away from the start of the multi-day event, Apple has begun to decorate the Moscone Center West in San Francisco for its yearly developers conference WWDC. This year's first banner appears to bring iOS 7 to the mix with a clear and present - and massive - number 7 in rainbow-colored font. Though it's difficult to tell at the moment with so little to go on, this may be indicative of a "flattening" going on in the aesthetic presentation of the mobile software.

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Apple iRadio iAd details surface as WWDC nears

Apple iRadio iAd details surface as WWDC nears

While the yearly developer conference hosted by Apple looms, a note on one of the perhaps several new services Apple aims to unveil has appeared: iAds in iRadio. Apple's work with music has been growing since they first introduced iTunes in 2001 - here 12 years later, it may be time to integrate a free radio service along with the music file purchase and streaming services Apple offers already. Who would have thought it would be the advertisements that may run inside it that would unveil such a service early?

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Gmail “categories” update arrives on iOS to join desktop and Android

Gmail “categories” update arrives on iOS to join desktop and Android

Now that the Android version has officially (past the APK, even) arrived on smartphones, tablets, and in web browsers for all [Android] devices, Google's iOS edition of the new category-laden Gmail has been pushed to iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches galore. This update brings largely the same experience to Apple's mobile operating system that we saw yesterday with Android, here offering up Google's new integration of pre-baked categorization of your email. This update, like all others, is a free update and requires the user to tap "update" in the App Store to make it real.

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Chrome iOS update brings chatty Google voice search

Chrome iOS update brings chatty Google voice search

While the Google Search app brought the voice recognition and smart responses of the most recent update to the Google Search engine to iOS, this week it goes in-browser with Chrome as well. The Chrome web browser update comes in with natural voice recognition and searching without typing - sort of like what you get with Siri. Here voice recognition gets a boost, quicker recognition with text streaming as you chat, and responses spoken aloud.

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Tim Cook responds to competition talk at D11: “Usage is off the charts”

Tim Cook responds to competition talk at D11: “Usage is off the charts”

Today Tim Cook responded to an array of questions from Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher, responding first to a question of Apple's current state of business. Noting that in the year between here and last year's interview, Samsung appeared to have "grown stronger", working with an Android app store with "a number that's higher" than Apples - Mossberg even added that Apple's stock was down "significantly." Cook was having none of it, responding to Mossberg's "is Apple in trouble" with a clear "absolutely not."

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