I wasn't following the conference closely this week, so thanks for the coverage. I do know Apple stock was jumping all over the place. I guess Apple has to save some bang for later, so a new iPhone postponement is a good way to do it. It's probably best to stretch things out. I am excited about the Facebook integration.
WWDC 2012 Full Coverage
The WWDC has come and gone as of today. For the last several weeks, people and websites alike have thrown around endless rumors as to what Apple would announce as part of their keynote speech. While several people waited in bated breath for Tim Cook, CEO of Apple to announce a new iPhone, it was highly speculated that it wouldn’t happen, and it surely didn’t. However, Apple was loaded with exciting new announcements for everything outside of the iPhone, and they definitely didn’t disappoint at the keynote speech.
Cook started out his speech by delivering some staggering numbers on the latest Apple technology. To date, there are more than 400 million app store accounts in itunes, and more than 300 billion downloads of both paid and free apps have occurred to date. There are three times as many Mac users as there were five years ago, with more than 66 million proud owners in the world today. These numbers helped to reestablish Apple’s power in the world of personal computing today.
Possibly the most exciting announcement of Apple’s speech was the news that they would be releasing a new mobile OS and a new Mac OS in the near future. More than half of the two hour speech was spent talking about the iOS 6 and the OS Mountain Lion that are soon to be released.
The iOS 6’s biggest announcement was one that was once a hope in iOS 5. Seamless integration with Facebook has been something mobile users have been screaming for since the announcement of integration with Twitter back during the previous release. Now, users will be able to share photos, status updates, and more with this long overdue feature directly from iOS apps that will be available for download shortly after the iOS release. Additionally, users will find that Siri will be much more advanced than she is now. Often made a joke of with odd questions, Siri will be able to start up your music player, open iOS applications that are installed on your mobile device, and even provide turn by turn directions in coordination with the map application. Speaking of maps, Apple has officially said goodbye to Google Maps with its own mapping tool that gives you turn-by-turn navigating, searching, and points of interest, all with full compatibility with Siri. You’ll also be able to enjoy FaceTime over 3G, with no more need to be on a Wi-fi connection. Apparently, this announcement just scratches the surface with more than 200 more unannounced features.
Looking to upgrade your Mac OS X? The new Mac OS X Mountain Lion is going to be one of the finest yet. Set for release in July, the upgrade will cost 1/3 less than that of previous releases, with a download price of only $19.99. Pulling ideas from the successful iOS system, you’ll have the ability to message your iPhone or iPad owners right from you Mac with a free messaging system. They’ve also built out Mountain Lion’s own notes app, again following the idea of the iOS. Top it off with an enhanced notification feature for social media channels, and you’ve got the functionality of the mobile OS right on your Mac, per Tim Cook himself.
2nd most exciting beyond the OS platforms, was the announcement of the all new 15-inch Macbook Pro. With high-definition images behind him, Cook revealed the new laptop, which measured only 0.71 inches thick and weighing in at less than 5 pounds. Most exciting about the new Macbook Pro was the world’s highest resolution ever seen in a notebook. Boasting a strength of 5 million pixels, the resolution is more than double that of an HD television. The Retina display is said to be so strong that the human eye can’t depict one pixel from the next from standard viewing distances. You’ll also find that while the image is incredibly sharp, there is ¾ less reflection than previous models, as well as 1/3 more contrast available than the former generations that have been released.
Finally, the Macbook Air has also been updated with Intel Ivy Bridge Processors, which are said to be exponentially faster than the processors in previous models. You can find processors ranging from 1.7GHz to 2.0GHz with up to 8GB of RAM. Even with the upgrades, Apple has managed to maintain the cost of one of the laptops to remain below $1000.
All in all it’s going to be an exciting couple of months for Apple lovers, who, even with all of this exciting news, will still be searching for the announcement of the new iPhone. Stay tuned…
Thanks for the round up. Was there any information about the range of prices for the new Macbook Pro? I suppose it is the very smallest model that will be just under $1000? I had heard rumours that a smaller iPad would be released, I suppose that hasn't happened?
I was surprised to see that a company like Apple was using maps by Google, even though they are are arch rivals. Good to know that an update is due in iOS 6.