2013 was an incredible year for Apple. The company launched new products, redesigns and complete overhauls to its product lineup. With a new year upon, let’s take some time to remember 2013 – a year that set the stage for the company’s future.
The first half of the year was relatively quiet. Apple launched its iPad (fourth generation) with 128 GB – a first for any iOS device. iTunes U topped one billion downloads by February and iTunes had reached 25 Billion downloaded songs.
By April, Apple had announced that it would host the World Wide Developers’ Conference (WWDC) on June 10 and tickets went on sale on April 25. Demand was so high this year that the conference sold out in an astounding 72 seconds!
Apple announced in May that customers had downloaded 50 Billion apps from the App Store. The company also released a 16 GB version of its iPod Touch.
June was by far Apple’s month. As developers and members of the press gathered from around the world, Apple announced a fury of new products on June 10. First to be featured were the MacBook Airs and later OS X 10.9, Mavericks. Mavericks features various under-the-hood improvements, Maps, iBooks, and more. Apple executive Phil Schiller announced a rare sneak-peek of the company’s latest Mac: the Mac Pro. What’s more? It’s manufactured in the United States, not China. Excitement grew and Apple saved the best for last. iOS 7 stole the show with it’s radical redesign and completely new features. The crowd, excited and invigorated, gave software guru Craig Federagi a standing applause. The rumored “iRadio” also made a debut, although under a different name: iTunes Radio.
Apple updated Logic, its progressional music software, to Logic X in July and the iMac lineup was updated in the subsequent months.
September marked an important month for Apple. At a San Francisco event, the company debuted the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s along with iOS 7. The 5s features Touch ID, a unique fingerprint security sensor among other improvements.
October was Apple’s annual iPad event. Apple launched the iPad Mini with Retina Display and iPad Air along with new MacBook Pros. The iPad Air features a complete redesign with new and improved features such as better wireless and the speedy A7 chip. It’s a worthy upgrade.
The year concluded with a lot of buzz surrounding iBeacons, location-based alerts triggered when a user comes near a specific sensor with their iOS device. Apple formally implemented iBeacons in its Apple Stores later in the year.
At last, the Mac Pro shipped in December to eager customers. The device sold out quickly with orders were backed up until February of 2014. Good luck getting your hands on one.
With the new year here, many speculate what’s next for Apple. We certainly didn’t see the next “wow” product in 2013. Will Apple reinvent the watch or finally release it’s rumored “iTV”? We’ll just have to wait and see what Apple’s got up it’s sleeves!
“Apple Year in Review” — AppleRumors
“Apple Announces iTunes Radio for iOS 7, Mac, PC & Apple TV” — AppleInsider
“iOS 7 hands-on videos lead out onto the Web” — Cnet
“Apple’s App Store Hits 50 Billion Downloads, 900K Apps, $10 Billion Paid To Developers,; iTunes Now With 575M Accounts “– TechCrunch
“Apple Retail Stores to Integrate iBeacon Systems to Assist with Sales and Services” — MacRumors