Don’t have 112 minutes to watch the video of Apple’s WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) event? We’ve recapped the highlights from the announcement so you don’t skip a beat.
MacBook Pro with Retina Display
The announcement of a new 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display has the tech world buzzing. Calling it “the most beautiful computer we have ever made,” Apple’s Phil Schiller introduced the latest Apple product to sport the mind-blowing 2880×1800 pixel Retina Display(more than your LCD TV!) that made the new iPad such a big hit.
Weighing in at an unbelievably light four-and-a-half pounds the new MacBook Pro comes equipped with a quad-core i7 processor, up to 16GB of RAM, and up to 768GB of flash storage. In addition, the new MacBook Pro sports a built-in HDMI port. The new MacBook Pro starts at $2,199 and ships 2-3 weeks from date of purchase.
The new operating system, launching next month, will take several features from iOS, including Reminders, Notes, and Notification Center. Apple is retiring iChat and replacing it with iMessage. Twitter will also be built in to Mountain Lion. A new feature we will all use, Power Nap will update messages, tweets, email, photo stream, and download App Store and iOS updates while the device is in sleep mode. Gatekeeper will allow users to limit the programs they install to those signed with an Apple certificate or those from the App Store. Users will be able to override settings on a per-app basis.
iO6 Coming This Fall
iOS 6 will ship in the fall for iPhone 3GS “and later.” iOS 6 comes with 200 new features, including enhancements to “voice assistant” Siri; a new maps service with turn-by-turn navigation and accident reports; a “Do Not Disturb” feature to avoid unwanted messages at night or during an important meeting; and a new app called Passbook organizes loyalty cards, tickets, boarding passes and more to display the right card when needed. Apple says Siri will be able to answer more questions in more languages, find more local businesses, and connect with the mapping app. Siri is also soon coming to the iPad, and to the car within 12 months. Facebook is integrated in iOS 6, which will make it easier to sync Facebook contacts and calendar events across Apple devices, and to more easily post content and log into apps from Facebook. Also, FaceTime video calls can now be made through cellular networks, not just WiFi.