We asked some of the developers attending WWDC what they thought of Apple’s new Mac Pro and MacBook Air, announced at WWDC.
[Read our other developer reaction stories: OS X Maverick: Apple's developers discuss Apple's new love for power users and iOS 7 developers discuss Android/Windows similarities and redesign challenges.]
Both new Macs appear to have been a hit with developers.
"The new Mac Pros are astounding, and I can't wait to get my hands on one," said Bare Bones Software CEO Rich Siegel.
MacAce CEO Gary Hall said: "The new MacPro is clearly aimed at the power-hungry video professionals - rightly so with powerful iMacs and MacBooks for the rest of us. A very impressive innovative "MacMini Pro" - can't wait to see it's power.”
Keith Blount developer of Scrivener at Literature & Latte also picked up on the battery life. He said: “With Mavericks and the new MacBook Air line, Apple has achieved something that has always been the Holy Grail of laptops: a ten-hour battery life in a machine that is still good enough to be your main computer. That's the kind of great ‘invisible’ design that gives the lie to the claim that Apple just makes products that look good.”
However, not everyone was ecstatic about the new power Mac.
Kevin Hamilton from Binary Formations told us: "The new Mac Pro seems much less upgradeable that the current version. That is something of a step backward."
iWork for iCloud
Another new announcement that was met with some confusion was iWork for iCloud.
CEO of Boinx Software Oliver Breindenbach said: “iWork is kind of puzzling. Why the sudden resurgence of web apps? What is the message here for developers? Is this the future for productivity apps?”
Karen MacLean of Open Planet Software also noted that it was an unusual move: “The browser version of iWork seems a little strange given Apple's focus on native apps and it will be interesting to see how it pans out. Perhaps this is the first step towards something bigger - but our guess is that this is one of those Apple experiments which will eventually fade into obscurity.”