What did everyone think of today's conference?
I don't consider myself a bonafide Apple fan boy, but I will admit that I currently own a MacBook Air and an iPhone 4S. I was anti-Apple for years. I was very passionate and defiant about it too -- some would even say to the point of irrational annoyance. But today, I own those two devices because I truly believe they are quality products. And also, its just easier to connect with my friends and family since most of them are part of the Skynet-like network as well.
Here are the major news from today's Worldwide Developer's Conference (WWDC):
Laptops - After phasing out the white MacBooks a year ago, Apple has replaced it with a brand new line of MacBook Pros (w/ retina displays). This new line, along with the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro (w/o retina displays) models make up the laptop family for 2012.
- MacBook Pro with retina displays - This new machine is .71 inches thick (25% thinner than regular MBP's and .03 inches thicker than MBA's). On the right side, there is a SD card reader, HDMI port, and one of two USB 3.0 ports. On the left side, there is the second USB port, two Thunderbolt ports, a headphone jack, and the power connector. Unfortunately these new power adapters will not work with any other laptop and all the other power adapters will not work with this laptop. Apple being apple.
- 15" screen: base price $2,199 = 256 GB of flash storage, 8 GB of RAM, Ivy Bridge processor, two USB 3.0 ports, two Thunderbolt ports.
- MacBook Pro without retina displays - The same form factor as the previous model. Minor hardware updates.
- 13" screen: base price $1,199 = 500 GB of storage, 4 GB of RAM, Ivy Bridge processor, two USB 3.0 ports.
- 15" screen: base price $1,799 = 500 GB of storage, 4 GB of RAM, Ivy Bridge processor, two USB 3.0 ports.
- MacBook Air - The same form factor as the previous model. Minor hardware updates.
- 11" screen: base price $999 = 64 GB of storage, 4 GB of RAM, Ivy Bridge processor, two USB 3.0 ports.
- 13" screen: base price $1,199 = 128 GB of storage, 4 GB of RAM, Ivy Bridge processor, two USB 3.0 ports.
iOS 6 - According to Apple, there are 200+ new updates with this new operating system! It is expected to be released later this year in the fall and will be coming to the iPad as well.
- Siri has gotten smarter - has the ability to launch apps on your phone, and greater knowledge of things such as movie times and sports.
- Added Facebook integration.
- "Do Not Disturb" feature - notifications will be still received but you can set it so there won't be any sound alerts and/or lights.
- Facetime - ability to be used on both wifi and on your carrier's network.
- New maps - live traffic information, turn by turn navigation, and vector based 3D maps.
OS X Mountain Lion - Apple is a running a special in the month of July for those with OS X Snow Leopard or OS X Lion to upgrade for $19.99.
- Power Nap - allows certain notebooks to receive updates even while under sleep mode.
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