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Overnight Recap: Apple Design Awards, Developer Betas, Siri Loves Bing

Apple Design Awards 2013

We came, we saw and for the most part, OS X Mavericks and iOS 7 appear to be a big hit with Apple fans. Pro users who have been waiting literally years for a new Mac Pro were also generally pleased with Cupertino’s sneak peek of the new hardware, and we crossed off most of the items on our own personal wish list. Now we have to endure a long, hot sunny summer before we can get our hands on all these goodies, but first let’s recap some of the other stories from Monday you might have missed.

WWDC 2013: Apple Design Award Winners Announced

With the big two-hour keynote now over, developers can get down to business at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference — but not before seeing if their application might have won a prestigious Apple Design Award for raising the bar in design, technology or innovation. This year’s winners include familiar iOS titles such as Yahoo! Weather, Letterpress and Evernote, as well as others you may not have heard of like mosaic.io, Ridiculous Fishing and Procreate, an iPad drawing app.

Apple Releases First iOS 7, OS X Mavericks Betas for Developers

As noted by MacRumors, developers can now download the first beta for iOS 7, which is currently only available for the iPhone 4 or higher as well as the fifth-generation iPod touch. The developer website is also now serving up OS X Mavericks, the latest and greatest version of the Mac operating system. Both are expected to be released to the public this fall, presumably alongside new hardware (at least in the case of iOS), and Apple plans to include iPad support in a future beta of iOS 7.

iOS 7 Favors Bing Search for Siri Over Google

As usual, Apple’s WWDC 2013 keynote was a continuous volley of information spread over two hours, and it’s easy to overlook small details. In the case of Siri, one of the changes coming to iOS 7 is the inclusion of Microsoft Bing web search integration, which Eddy Cue briefly mentioned yesterday. Although Google appears to still be available from Mobile Safari, it seems Bing will be the one and only choice with Siri — yet another rejection of Mountain View’s services after both Google Maps and YouTube being kicked out of Apple’s built-in apps.

Apple Updates AirPort Utility for 802.11ac Compatibility

If you’re in the market for one of those swanky new AirPort Extreme or AirPort Time Capsule base stations announced Monday, you’ll want to first download and update AirPort Utility to the latest version 6.3 on your Mac or version 1.3 for iOS, both which now allow configuration and management of the latest 802.11ac-equipped models. Apple has also released AirPort Base Station and Time Capsule Firmware Update 7.7.1 for the same models, which “resolves a rare issue that may cause the hard drive in AirPort Time Capsule or a hard drive connected via USB to become unresponsive.”

Microsoft Updates Windows Phone for Mac with Critical Bug Fix

Mac lovers who favor Microsoft’s mobile platform over the iPhone will want to download the free Windows Phone 3.0.2, now available on the Mac App Store. The update is required for those running the latest OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.4, which addresses a crash “certain customers” were experiencing as well as other “general bug fixes.” Windows Phone for Mac allows owners of such handsets to sync music, photos, videos and more from OS X, so we’d say this sounds like a pretty important update.

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