WWDC 2012 Recap
The event has finally begun at the WWDC and Apple has announced plenty of products and improvements that are scheduled to be released over the next several months. Held annually, the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference or WWDC 2012 is the primary showcase for new Apple products for their MacBook, OS X and iOS line that are to be rolled out over the rest of the year.
For MacBooks, the emphasis is on the new Retina displays that promise more sharpness and display support for their products. In terms of the MacBooks and OS X, the improvement announced during the keynote speech for the WWDC 2012 includes the following.
Retina Display in MacBooks with 220ppi and 2880 x 1800 Resolution: This powerful addition to the MacBook promises a much sharper screen that we’ve seen before and places the MacBook at the forefront of the new Retina Display technology. In fact, the new MacBook Pro with Retina Display is scheduled to be shipped out on Monday, June 11th as well.
Retina Display Support for Final Cut Pro, Aperture, Photoshop and much more.
Next Generation MacBook Pro: Incredibly thin and highly portable, the new MacBook Pro boasts two USB 3.0 inputs, a 15” screen and a full size HDMI socket for starters. No more optical drive for the MacBook, but two Thunderbolt sockets that is now side by side. This next generation MacBook Pro has now embraced the USB ports finally and the new Ivy Bridge processors are now being incorporated into the MacBook Pro as well with a new GeForce GT 650M-based graphics package that is 60% faster than previous models.
The iOS product line is also receiving much needed attention with the unveiling of the iOS6, which is certain to cause quite a stir among those waiting for the latest model to arrive. Given that there are now 365 million iOS devices and 140 million Message users now. Other announcements include;
Do Not Disturb feature for the iOS6: This means if you get a message or call in the middle of the night, you no longer will have to know about it if you want to keep on sleeping. The new Do Not Disturb feature will mute the noise and the screen stays dark, although for important callers the white light feature will still activate.
Plus, the iOS6 can be integrated with Facebook, making it even easier to coordinate your social networking on your mobile device.
Maps on iOS6: This is not Google Maps, but an entirely new Maps design for the iOS6. Including over 100 million business listings, Yelp integration and turn-by-turn navigation, this is a major step up for Apple and their iOS6, especially considering that their Maps fully integrates 3D technology, something Google has just recently announced as well.
Passbook: Get your tickets here on the iOS6 from concert and airline tickets to train boarding passes, the Passbook promises the end of the hard copy credential as this new feature was demonstrated during the WWDC 2012 keynote speech with United boarding passes, Fandango movie tickets and even a Starbucks gift card.
These are but a few of the new announcements made for the WWDC 2012 as Apple looks to expand their already popular iOS6 and MacBooks for the upcoming year.
I am quite curious about Passbook. How exactly is it going to work? Would the various companies that issue tickets, vouchers and gift cards have to enter into an agreement with Passbook, sort of like how websites have the Paypal button on them?
@Halpal I believe it might be something like Google Wallet. Google Wallet hasn't exactly experienced a smooth ride, and people had a lot of complaints about its limitations. I am sure Passbook will be a much better alternative.
@dremora Exactly, I just read about Passbook and Google Wallet on another website and they were quite confident that Passbook would be very successful because of its simplicity. It is a repository for other businesses' loyalty cards, passes and vouchers.