Apple offerings for this year
What will be offered by Apple throughout 2013? Here are some predictions as Apple has entered one of its most closely watched years yet.
Apple has finally released its Apple TV 3rd Generation A1469 this March. The new feature in the model is the slight change in its material with the New Silicon because of which it is cheaper for Apple to make the device. Apart from this, nothing new has been added to Apple A1469.
The new Apple TV has its own Operating System and although the hardware and software of iphone/ipad and Apple TV are very similar, there exists no application compatibility between the two devices. Also, Hulu Plus is now a supported streaming service on the Apple TV. It works well with all iTunes services such as Photo Stream, iTunes Match and iTunes video content.
Apple’s new TV model has no new functions; at the same time it does not appear to be a step back in its performance. It actually saves cost for Apple through better engineering and size reduction.
Rumours that Apple has been on the cusp of a subscription music service have swirled for years, but have not resulted in an actual product. Meanwhile, developer competitors like Spotify and RDIO have flown past Apple in offering cheap ways to get a massive collection of music, on demand, and on a multitude of devices.
Where has that left Apple? In the past few years it’s been a platform enabler, giving these companies a place to hawk their apps. Meanwhile, it has slowly added more features to iTunes through iCloud that let users get their own music on demand.
Apple has launched its new maps in iOS 6 this January. The company has added some novel features in the new Maps including 3D perspective with building models, Flyover for adding depth to satellite view and turn by turn navigation.
The new iOS 6 Maps retains the maturity of Apple’s Map Kit software development kit (SDK), which is used by third party developers to incorporate map features into their own apps.
Among the SDK features in Apple’s Map Kit are the support for map markers, Polylines, and overlays. According to a report, tiled overlays are common in applications to display a layer of information, such as weather, crime, and even earthquake data, over a map. Other novel features unique to Apple’s Map Kit are “follow user location” and “follow with heading” modes.
Apart from the exciting new features that Apple has added in its new Maps, some flaws in directions are easily noticeable where improvements are still needed.
Serious about Siri
Apple’s got some serious work to do with Siri. Now more than a year old, the once spiffy software is showing its age. Apple gave the voice assistant some new tricks with iOS 6, but Google made the service look slow and clumsy as part of its Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update. That software feature, which later trickled over to Google’s search app on iOS, served up answers faster and often with more useful results.
So what can Apple do? Expect a big speed boost and integration with more third-party apps and services. There are also signs Siri might be headed to more places, like Apple’s Mac and Apple TV platforms.