The teardown experts at iFixit have just taken apart the new 13-inch Mid-2013 MacBook Air that was announced at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote yesterday, and while there aren’t too many drastic changes in the internals there are a few differences that are worth noting. The team found that the PCIe-based SSD module from Samsung is smaller than the previous model’s Toshiba SATA module, which also means that the drive is not…

At yesterday’s Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple unveiled its next generation operating system, OS X Mavericks. While Mavericks incorporates a number of significant changes like a redesigned Finder, a Safari overhaul, and new Compressed Memory settings, there are also a number of other, smaller changes that MacRumors forum readers and other sources have unearthed. AppNap Settings – AppNap, which is designed to conserve battery by sending apps into a hibernation mode, can be…

While the most obvious change in iOS 7 is the look and feel of the user interface, Apple’s engineers have packed the update with numerous changes both big and small. Here are a selection of changes noticed by folks in the MacRumors Forums and elsewhere. Cellular Data Tracking by App – In Settings / Cellular, users can track cellular data usage on a per-app basis. Apps can have their cellular data access…

Aside from the “all-day” battery life that comes alongside the upgrade to Intel’s Haswell processors in the new MacBook Air, one of the other major improvements is the adoption of PCIe-based flash storage for much faster performance. The new PCIe flash will also be coming to Apple’s radically redesigned Mac Pro later this year, and undoubtedly other Macs as well. Available in capacities up to 512GB, this next-generation flash storage is up…

One of the new iOS 7 features introduced by Craig Federighi at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote yesterday was Activation Lock, which aims to reduce the appeal of Apple devices to thieves by preventing stolen phones from being activated by new users. There’s one feature I want to talk about in a little more detail, which is Activation Lock. So, hundreds of millions of use Find My iPhone to find our phone…

As a part of iOS 7’s major redesign, shown off at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference keynote yesterday, the company redesigned the icons of all of the core Apple apps, giving them a simpler and cleaner look. 9to5Mac notes that the icons for both the iOS 7 Maps app and the new Maps app coming in OS X Mavericks appear to show off the location of Apple’s “Campus 2”, frequently informally referred to…

At the end of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote yesterday, CEO Tim Cook introduced a new TV ad focusing on how Apple’s products and services enrich lives. The ad’s tagline is “Designed by Apple in California”, leveraging the statement displayed on every Apple product to make an emotional connection with consumers over the care the company puts into its products. This is it. This is what matters. The experience of a product….

With the introduction of its new Haswell-based MacBook Air models yesterday, Apple revealed a strong emphasis on battery life, pushing the rated operating time from five hours to nine hours on the 11-inch model and from seven hours to 12 hours on the 13-inch model. Even with the focus on battery life, Apple was also able to bring some minor performance improvements, as seen in Geekbench 2 benchmarking results highlighted by Primate…

Apple has announced the winners of its annual Apple Design Awards at WWDC, highlighting an array of apps from utilities to games on both iOS and the Mac. Apple’s Design Awards were created to recognize apps that “raise the bar in design, technology, and innovation.” iPhone and iPad – Yahoo! Weather – Badland – Letterpress – Ridiculous Fishing – SkyGamblers: Storm Raiders (Also Available on Mac) – Evernote (Also Available on Mac) iPad…

Yelp today announced an update to their iOS app that redesigns the Nearby tab so it displays recommendations based on location, previous check-ins and more. Our updated Nearby tab now offers suggestions based on your location, previous Yelp check-ins and reviews, and Yelp friends as well as other data like the time of day and even the weather. At Yelp, we have an entire community of reviewers that we rely on to…