8 Apps Apple Killed Today At WWDC

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Every time Apple releases new versions of iOS and OS X, you can guarantee Apple will take aim to destroy some popular third-party apps by aping their most popular features into Apple’s core services.

With iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks, Apple has its sights on some really strong competition. 1Password is in danger of becoming obsolete, along with a number of other notable powerhouses. Here’s who Apple aimed in its sights today:

1Password – killed by iCloud Keychain

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1Password might not be going away tomorrow, but Apple definitely is taking aim at the app by adding a lot of 1Password-like features into iCloud Keychain. With iCloud Keychain you can store passwords, generate passwords, and have all forms automatically filled out for you – just like with 1Password.

Yahoo Weather – killed by iOS Weather app

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The new Yahoo Weather app is absolutely gorgeous. So gorgeous in fact, we said it’s one of the best full-featured weather apps on iOS, but not anymore. The redesigned iOS weather app is beautiful and comes with a ton of different animations and aUI improvements that will likely keep many users away from third-party weather apps for a while.

Flashlight Apps – killed by Control Center

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The iPhone has had a back-facing LED since the iPhone 4’s debut, but Apple has never bothered to create a flashlight feature until now. The new Control Center has a quick toggle to turn on your back LED to use a flashlight, which means you’ll never have to download a crappy ad-supported iOS flashlight app ever again.

Pandora – killed by iTunes Radio

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Spotify and Rdio look like they’re still safe by providing some features iTunes doesn’t have, but Pandora was put on watch by Apple today. iTunes Radio will let users create radio stations to stream music directly to your iPhone for free. If you pay more you can get rid of the ads. It works pretty much exactly like Pandora, except its baked into iOS, so why use a third-party app anymore?

Instapaper (again) – killed by Safari

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The new Sidebar feature in Safari will make up for the loss of Google Reader for a lot of Mac users. You can also see your Shared Links, and Reading List without leaving the page you’re on. Even though Instapaper just got some serious help, it should be interesting to see what the company does to stay afloat on Mac.

Auxo – killed by Multitasking

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The multitasking jailbreak tweak for iOS, Auxo, has been called “the app switcher Apple wouldn’t make.” Apple’s addressed all of those issues with iOS 7. Multitasking now allows you to switch between apps in a smarter way.

The new multitasking shows apps as cards and then allows you easily swipe between apps. There’s even better CPU management in iOS 7 thanks to multitasking’s ability to schedule power-efficient times. Once iOS 7 hits there will be little reason to add Auxo, which probably won’t even be available for a long time.

Instashare & Bump – killed by AirDrop

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Transferring files between iPhones has never been that easy. Sure, you can send a picture via iMessage, but for larger files, third-party apps like Bump and Instashare have allowed users to transfer files for iOS and OS X a lot easier. AirDrop for iOS completely negates the need for either app’s file sharing services because it has system-wide support for apps with share-sheets.

  • stanwastaken

    You forgot Flavr, killed by IOS 7 “Moments”

  • Frank_Furter

    Self-proclaimed Apple fanboy here, but a couple of comments. One, the keychain/cloud thing is great, except for one minor detail. TONS of people use Chrome. Therefore, 1password. 1password is one of my favorite apps, and it sounds like Apple is simply supplying some rudimentary elements of it. Now, if Safari ever gets something as effective as Ad Block, it’ll be SEE YA to Chrome.

    And the weather app – I just started using Yahoo weather, and today I was a little shocked at how similar the new weather app is to Yahoo. Meaning, a little more than similar…..wink wink…..

    And finally, iTunes Radio is hardly a Pandora killer. I despise both, I use Spotify. But Pandora is embedded in Blu-Ray players, Smart TV’s, Tivo’s, etc. I think iTunes has a massive battle to take over Pandora’s market share. I was sincerely hoping it’d be a full-blown competitor to Spotify, though. Spotify is starting to worry less about innovation and more about social crap.

    All in all, iOS7 sounds exciting. Not enough for me to become a ‘developer’ and download the beta, but I’m excited.

  • akhyarsalleh

    What about “TotalFinder” & “Tagit”? the upcoming Finder Tabs and Tagging features definitely kills them..
    otherwise the headline should’ve been “8 iOS Apps Apple Killed Today At WWDC” instead.

  • einsteinbqat

    The Weather app is still powered by Yahoo. I’m pretty sure that it’s the same app in some way.

  • tavozapatareus

    But that mean that now we can send a picture from the iphone to the mac? instashared do that..

  • joeljupp

    Everpix is next. :( I thought that was coming, but probably another 6 to 12 months.

  • mac123

    You forgot one, Multimon is killed by Multiple Display

  • meancode

    You forgot TotalFinder, replaced by tabbed Finder in Mavericks.

  • Junaidkureshi

    To every ignorant, complaining about yahoo weather app, if you see the weather app video on apple website, there is small yahoo sign on lower left corner, its yahoo App

  • palex481

    iTunes Radio is not a Pandora replacement. I have 100 stations in Pandora that I’ve built up over the course of several years. Why would I ditch that just so I don’t have to download their app? Also, iTunes Radio doesn’t let you create stations using several different artists or songs as seeds for the same station that I’ve seen. Pandora isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

  • Andrew Newsome

    iTunes Radio is not a Pandora replacement. I have 100 stations in Pandora that I’ve built up over the course of several years. Why would I ditch that just so I don’t have to download their app? Also, iTunes Radio doesn’t let you create stations using several different artists or songs as seeds for the same station that I’ve seen. Pandora isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

    100 stations?

  • Andrew Newsome

    iTunes Radio is not a Pandora replacement. I have 100 stations in Pandora that I’ve built up over the course of several years. Why would I ditch that just so I don’t have to download their app? Also, iTunes Radio doesn’t let you create stations using several different artists or songs as seeds for the same station that I’ve seen. Pandora isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

    100 stations?

  • Paul Burt

    iTunes Radio is not a Pandora replacement. I have 100 stations in Pandora that I’ve built up over the course of several years. Why would I ditch that just so I don’t have to download their app? Also, iTunes Radio doesn’t let you create stations using several different artists or songs as seeds for the same station that I’ve seen. Pandora isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

    You’re in a minority there. I HIGHLY doubt a majority of Pandora users have anywhere near that many stations. And you effectively can have multiple seeds with that whole “I want to hear more like this artist” option. They also said nothing about song-skipping or listening limits. iTunes Match making it ad-free makes both better deals. Maybe it’s not a Pandora replacement for you. But for the majority of people, they will have no need for Pandora anymore.

  • lowtolerance

    You forgot TotalFinder, replaced by tabbed Finder in Mavericks.

    TotalFinder does a lot more than just add tabs to Finder, but it’s also a buggy mess that I replaced months ago with XtraFinder. Never looked back. Bonus: it’s free.

  • nuthinking

    I guess my app should partially be added to the list: http://nuthinking.com/blog/2013/06/11/acces-your-photos-in-instants/ ;)

  • JaySt

    The new iOS is absolutely stunning and awesome. Take that Android, before you where miles behind, now you are light years behind iOS!

  • crateish

    Pretty sure the Camera app killed off Instagram (which I stopped using after the Facebook acquisition) and many other filter apps, with its own built in filters.

  • Berian Lowe

    iTunes Radio is not a Pandora replacement. I have 100 stations in Pandora that I’ve built up over the course of several years. Why would I ditch that just so I don’t have to download their app? Also, iTunes Radio doesn’t let you create stations using several different artists or songs as seeds for the same station that I’ve seen. Pandora isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

    iTunes Radio does in fact let you create stations using several different artists and songs.

  • BrBill

    1Password keeps so much more than just my keychain passwords, so iCloud Keychain has no chance of replacing it for me. How about your credit cards? Social security numbers for your family members? Offline accounts? Medical insurance?

    1Password for the win.

  • BrBill

    Now, if Safari ever gets something as effective as Ad Block, it’ll be SEE YA to Chrome.

    There is a Safari Adblock extension. I use it on all my Macs.

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