Oh, Apple has done it again! Yesterday morning, at the annual Apple Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco, out and proud Apple CEO Tim Cook officially declared improvements to the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro lines, the official launch of iOS 6, and updates to Mac OSX Mountain Lion. No new iPhone was announced, though, so I guess we’ll have to wait until the Fall. But hey, the announcements today were pretty significant. So what’s new and noteworthy? Read on!
New MacBook Air - The MacBook Airs will now sport the new 3rd-gen Intel “Ivy Bridge” processors, up to 2.0 GHz dual-core i7 chips, and up to 3.2 GHz with Turbo Boost. In English, that means they’re way faster. They also come with a 720p high def FaceTime camera, perfect for those lonely nights on the road. And Apple finally made the jump to USB 3.0, meaning faster data transfer speeds. No Retina Display though … bummer.
New MacBook Pro -The next generation MacBook Pro is thinner and lighter, weighing in at 4.6lbs — and it’s 0.71 inch thin — making its predecessor look like its fatter stepsister. It sports a Retina Display, with a 2880 x 1800 (220ppi) resolution, making it the highest notebook display available. This computational bad boy packs up to a quad-core 2.7GHz Core i7 processor, a pair of USB 3.0 ports, up to 768GBs of storage, and up to 7 hours of battery life with 30 day standby time. One thing that is missing is the optical drive; if you prefer, you can still get the traditional (and more economical) MacBook Pro line with optical drive, which has also been given a refresh with new speedier Intel processors and USB 3.0.
iOS 6 - The next version of Apple’s mobile operating system brings improvements to Siri, including bringing Siri to the new iPad. Also, Google has been given the boot with the new Maps feature, which brings 3D maps and built-in turn-by-turn GPS navigation to Apple’s iDevices. The new OS also features Facebook integration (prepare for status update overload!), and FaceTime over cellular data networks (finally! No more being restricted to wifi!). The bad? No iOS 6 support for the 1st gen iPad, while the aging iPhone 3GS is supported (Huh?). Also, there’s no Siri for iPad 2, even though it sports the same processor as the iPhone 4S. What gives, Apple?
OSX Mountain Lion - It seems like Apple is finally getting its iDevices to play nice with Mac with the next release of OSX. Apple’s Safari browser is now tied into iCloud services, and Mac users can now have access to iOS features like Notifications, iMessage, Game Center, Siri-esque Dictation, and AirPlay streaming. Yes, total domination of your tech gadgets has officially begun. Resistance is futile.