WWDC 2012 Recap: iOS 6, Next Gen MacBook Pro, Mountain Lion and lots more!
Well, well, well, Apple sure did not disappoint us this WWDC. With the introduction of iOS 6, The Next Generation MacBook Pro, Mountain Lion, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air refresh, it was something to be excited for.
Before the keynote started, Apple used Siri to joke with the crowd talking about Samsung’s latest product and Android’s funny OS naming scheme. This got a good reaction from the crowd. Setting that aside, Tim Cook comes out!
With the usual introduction, Tim talked about the App Store and stats about the App Store. Key info, Apple has paid $5 Billion to developers in total from the App Store. That number is truly amazing on how developers are making great money by design iOS apps.
After that, Phil Schiller comes on the stage and talks about Notebooks. This is where the splash of news comes in. First off, MacBook Air. The design stays the same but we got all new internals featuring Ivy Bridge.
You got a 1.7 GHZ dual core i7 3rd Generation (Ivy Bridge) CPU that is capable of turbo boost to 3.2 GHZ, 512GB of flash storage, 60% faster graphics, and up to 8GB of memory. This MacBook Air will also feature a combine USB 3.0/2.o ports as well as 720P FaceTime Camera. Notably, the 11-inch MacBook Air received a price drop of $100.
Next up MacBook Pro. The 15″ MacBook Pro model now include Ivy Bridge quad-core i7 CPU’s up to 2.7GHz, a 1GB GeForce GT 650M discrete graphics card, a standard 8GB of 1600 MHz memory, and USB 3.0/2.0 ports.
It’s little brother, the 13″ MacBook Pro also includes Ivy Bridge dual-core i7 CPU’s up to 2.9GHz.
Both prices remain the same.
Now, the Next Generation MacBook Pro. This new line of notebook features an all new slim design, beef up specs and a Retina Display.
The new MacBook Pro — which is in addition to the existing line of Pro’s, which was also updated today — is built around a 15.4″ Retina display at a 2880×1880 resolution, 220 ppi with 5,184,000 pixels, with a display that is built directly into the unibody construction to make the notebook lighter.
It includes quad-core Ivy Bridge processors up to 2.8GHz and turbo boost up to 3.7GHz, up to 16GB of MacBook Air-like non-upgradable 1600MHz RAM, and a maximum of 768GB of next generation flash storage. The new Pro weighs in at 4.46 pounds and is 0.71″ thick, but does not include a MacBook Air-like tapered body. There is no optical drive.
Apple has developed a new type of fan to keep the machine cool. It uses an asymmetrical blade system to cool the machine while being as quiet as possible. Apple claims the thermal management system operates in a way that is nearly imperceptible to the user.
Apple claims 7 hours of battery life with 30 days of standby time. It includes an SD slot, HDMI, and a USB 3.0/2.0 combo port on the right side, and a MagSafe power port, two Thunderbolt ports, another USB 3.0/2.0 port and a headphone jack on the left. Apple will soon begin offering a Firewire 800 and Gigabit Ethernet to Thunderbolt adapters. The machine also includes “the best stereo speakers ever put into a desktop or notebook” and dual microphones.
Pricing begins at $2,199 for the base model with the Retina display, a 2.3GHz quad-core Ivy Bridge i7, 8GB of RAM, a NVidia GeForce GT 650M 1GB graphics card, and 256GB of flash storage. The Next Generation MacBook Pro begins shipping today.
Regarding the Retina display, Apple will ship a special build of Lion with HiDPI support built-in, and will include updated versions of iPhoto, Mail and Safari to support the increased resolution. Final Cut Pro and Aperture are also receiving updates as well.
iOS 6. The next iteration of the iOS platform. This new iOS update features 200 new features but today I will only be going through the key ones that Apple talked about. So let’s get started, shall we?
iOS 6 will now feature new functionality for Siri, Facebook integration, a revamped Maps app, and Shared Photo Streams via iCloud.
In iOS 6, Siri will gain new capabilities to provide sports scores and schedules, make restaurant reservations via OpenTable, find local movie listings and even launch apps. Siri will also debut in new languages including Spanish, Italian, and French.
Facebook integration will be much like the current Twitter integration in iOS 5 with a system-wide log-in and the ability to quickly post from within apps. Contacts can be updated automatically using information obtained through Facebook. Third-party developers will be able to add this functionality easily with a public API.
A new Do Not Disturb mode allows users to schedule when notifications should not cause any sounds or visual alerts. The iPhone’s Phone app will get new options to reply with a text message or prompt a reminder to return a call later when an incoming call arrives.
Shared Photo Streams lets you choose photos to share with selected family and friends. Shared photos can be viewed by others on iOS devices, iPhoto and Aperture on a Mac, or on the web or through an Apple TV.
Passbook is a new wallet app that will consolidate payment cards and electronic tickets. For example, customers at Starbucks can make payments using their Gold Card throughPassbook. Also, movie tickets purchased through Fandango can be redeemed through Passbook. Airline boarding passes and even sporting event tickets will be accessible through Passbook as well. A new API will offer developers access to Passbook.
As expected, Apple has revamped the Maps app with its own map data. It will offer integration with Yelp for business listings and traffic information sourced anonymously and in real-time from iOS users. Turn-by-turn navigation will also debut in the new Mapsapp and guidance can be triggered by Siri.
iOS 6 will be compatible with the iPhone 3GS and later, 2nd-generation iPad and later, and the 4th-generation iPod touch and will be available in the fall. A beta will be available to developers today.
Oh Mountain Lion, why you so amazing?Features that were already mentioned by Apple earlier this year consists off Messages, Reminders, Notes, Notification Centre and Game Centre.
Today Apple has announce a few new features to go with Mountain Lion. These new features are dictation, iCloud Tabs, and Power Nap. Apple gave a demo of these new features so let’s go over them!
Dictation will be integrated throughout the operating system to allow dictation anywhere to enter text. Basically thats it. Something we iPhone 4S and the new iPad users are use too is now coming to Mountain Lion.
Next, iCloud Tabs. This will show all tabs open in Safari on all other iOS devices and Macs logged in to the same iCloud account. Safari also gains a unified search and address bar to streamline its interface. Basically Google Chrome.
Lastly, Power Nap. Power Nap is a new feature that will carry out functions while a Mac is charging and sleeping. New emails will be downloaded, Time Machine will automatically run, app updates will be applied and other actions will be carried out with Power Nap, which will be available on the new ultra-thin MacBook Pro that was announced today and second-generation and later MacBook Airs.
There are over 200 new features available in Mountain Lion but due to time constraints, Apple only went through 3 of them.
This is set to be release next month via Mac App Store. Pricing will be $19.99 and for users who bought a Mac today through July will receive a free upgrade when Mountain Lion drops.
Now with the main announcements finished, let’s talk about the small ones. Apple has quietly refreshed the long awaited Mac Pro by doing a minor processor bump and an increase in the standard RAM to 6GB in the least expensive configuration. The update does not include the much-anticipated addition of the Thunderbolt I/O system.
Apple also quietly discontinued the MacBook Pro 17″ line.
Apple has also released a new iPad Smart Case that now protects the back of your iPad. Finally Apple does it right by protecting all of the iPad’s body.
Last, Apple has redesigned the Airport Express drawing on the design of the Apple TV set-top box and introducing simultaneous dual-band 802.11n connectivity for increased performance. Pricing will be $99 USD.
The new AirPort Express supports simultaneous dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi. That means it transmits at both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies at the same time. So no matter which band your wireless devices use, they’ll automatically connect to the best available band for the fastest possible performance.
Well, I guess this is all of the news that came out of WWDC 2012. Hopefully next year we can see the mythical beast that is the Apple TV.
Thanks for reading!