Apple rolled out new MacBook Pro laptops with Retina displays, updated mobile Maps, made Siri smarter, and baked Facebook functions directly into its newly announced iOS 6. And that's just for starters. During its keynote kickoff of this week's World Wide Developers Conference Apple gave attendees of its mobile and product roadmap for the next year. Here's a closer look at Apple's big announcements from WWDC 2012.
iOS 6: Apple Maps
Out goes Google Maps, and in comes Apple's own mapping service for iOS, including turn-by-turn voice navigation. Apple's Maps app can also suggest faster routes around traffic and provide 3D flyovers of major metro areas. An iPhone 4S, iPad 2 or new iPad will be required for turn-by-turn directions and flyovers.
iOS6: Siri Improvements and iPad Support.
Siri will be able to provide more information in iOS6, including sports scores and schedules, movie listings and restaurant reservations. The virtual assistant will also be able to open other apps and post to Facebook or Twitter. Support for the new iPad is on the way as well.
Next-Gen MacBook Pro with Retina Display
For this high-end laptop, Apple shaved roughly 25 percent off the thickness of its existing MacBook Pro and added a 2880-by-1800 resolution “Retina” display.
MacBook Pro with Retina Display: Side View
The basic model with a 2.3 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage costs $2,199, but you can upgrade to a 2.7 GHz chip, 16 GB of RAM and 786 GB of storage for the low price of $3,749. Full specs on Apple's Website.
Old MacBook Pro: Still Sticking Around
For users who need a MacBook Pro with a DVD drive--and, more importantly, don't want to spend over $2000 for a laptop--the existing design will remain available in 13-inch and 15-inch flavors. All models will have Intel Ivy Bridge processors and a minimum 4 GB of RAM, at least 500 GB of storage, 720p FaceTime cameras and USB 3 ports. Pricing remains $1199 and up for 13 inches and $1799 and up for 15 inches. The 17-inch MacBook Pro, however, is gone for good. More details on Apple's Website.
MacBook Air: Same Design, New Specs
The new MacBook Air looks the same as its predecessors, but it's getting an upgrade to Intel Ivy Bridge processors (Core i5 and i7), USB 3.0 on all ports, a 720p Facetime camera and up to 512 GB of flash storage with up to twice the data speeds. Prices start at $999 for the 11-inch Air and $1,199 for the 13-inch version. See Apple's Website for complete tech specs.
OS X Mountain Lion: New Safari Features
OS X Mountain Lion: “Power Nap” and Other Features
Other new Mountain Lion features include “Power Nap,” which lets Macs fetch information, make backups and download updates while the computer's asleep, AirPlay mirroring to an Apple TV and GameCenter support with cross-platform play between Macs and iOS devices. Macs running Snow Leopard and Lion can upgrade to Mountain Lion next month for $20.
iOS 6: Passbook
Perhaps a precursor to a full-blown digital wallet, the Passbook app in iOS6 stores boarding passes, gift cards and event tickets in digital form. Some of these passes can even be location-aware, so for instance, an airplane boarding pass can appear on the iPhone lock screen as the user approaches the gate.
iOS 6: Facebook Integration
Apple and Facebook have set aside their differences, and the social network is now fully integrated into iOS 6. Users can post to Facebook from within apps or the Notification Center, and can “Like” content from iTunes. Facebook information will also appear within the iOS contacts list.
iOS 6: Do Not Disturb and Call Management
iPhone users will get some new ways to avoid being bothered in iOS 6. A “Do Not Disturb” mode allows users to silence notifications and suppress incoming calls. For all incoming calls, users can also reply with a preset text message or remind themselves to call the person back latter.
iOS 6: Mail Improvements
At last, iPhone users will be able to attach photos or videos from within the Mail app in iOS 6. The app will also support pull to refresh, and will offer a “VIP” inbox for favorite contacts. iOS 6 launches this fall on the iPhone 4 and higher, iPad 2 and higher and the fourth-generation iPod Touch.
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