Monday, June 11, 2012

Highlights of Apple WWDC

So, WWDC is now over and here are some highlights:

Macbook Air 11"

Starting $999
64 or 128GB SSD
i5 or i7 CPU ranging from 1.7 to 2.0GHz
4GB of 1600MHz DDR3L ram
Intel 4000 HD graphics
720p FaceTime camera
Two USB 3 ports
1 Thunderbolt port
802.11n wifi
5 hours battery life (surfing wirelessly)

Macbook Air 13"

Starting $1199
128 or 256GB SSD
i5 or i7 CPU ranging from 1.8 to 2.0GHz
4GB of 1600MHz DDR3L ram
Intel 4000 HD graphics
720p FaceTime camera
Two USB 3 ports
1 Thunderbolt port
SD card slot
802.11n wifi
7 hours battery life (surfing wirelessly)

Macbook Pro 15"

Starting $2199
Retina display: 15.4-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology; 2880x1800 
2.3 to 2.6GHz i7 CPU
8GB of 1600MHz DDR3L onboard memory configurable to 16GB
256GB SSD configurable to 768GB
2 Thunderbolt ports
Three USB 3 ports
SDXC card slot
Intel HD Graphics 4000
NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 1GB of GDDR5 memory and automatic graphics switching
720p FaceTime camera
Stereo speakers and dual mics
802.11n wifi
7 hours of battery life (surfing wirelessly)


OSX Mountain Lion available next month... $20
Check out all the features here


    * Siri pulls in sports info from Yahoo, allowing you to get game updates.
    * Sports include Football, Baseball, Basketball, and possibly more. Those were the sports demoed.
    * Siri has also gotten better at restaurant/Yelp integration, offering average price per menu item, reviews and Yelp rating.
    * Siri also partnered with Rotten Tomatoes to watch trailers, etc.
    * You can ask for “movies with Scarlett Johansen” or “movies playing at the HERP DERP theater.
    * And the moment we’ve all been waiting for: Siri can launch apps. Simply say something like “Play Temple Run.”
    * Siri will also let you Tweet by voice.
    * Siri may come packaged nicely in a button on some car’s steering wheels. Brands include BMW, GM, Land Rover, Audi, and Honda, among many more.
    * Siri is now available on the iPad.
    * You can access Siri by hold-tapping the home button on the iPad.
    * Siri only takes up a small portion of the bottom half of the screen, popping up with rounded corners and the same blue linen finish as on the iPhone version.

Facebook integration
    * Facebook is now a baked-in part of iOS
    * Just sign-in once through settings and everything is set up
    * You can share photos, links, maps, iTunes links, and Game Center content.
    * Maybe and RSVPed Facebook Events are automatically added to Calendar
    * Birthdays, too.
    * Phone numbers will appear in Contacts list.

New phone app
    * The app will set a reminder to call someone back if you don’t want to pick up when they’re calling.
    * You can choose to send a message instead of pick up the call.
    * Geo-fence feature allows you to be reminded to call someone when you leave a certain area.
    * DO NOT DISTURB feature: Lets you tell your phone not to bother you with alerts or badges. Messages come through but there is no alert paired with its delivery.
    * A little like Mail VIPs, the DO NOT DISTURB feature lets you assign certain contacts to let through during DO NOT DISTURB mode.
    * Two calls in a row will be sent through, in case of emergencies.

FaceTime over wireless
    * FaceTime has long been a Wifi-only experience, but iOS 6 brings it to wireless status.
    * You will have a unifying phone number and Apple ID for FaceTime, as well as Messages.

Safari/iCloud tabs
    * iCloud Tabs will work in Safari only. (Duh.)
    * The feature does not automatically synchronize browser tabs at all times. Instead, it offers a synchronized list of tabs open across all iDevices.
    * The feature is exclusive to OS X Mountain Lion and iOS 6
    * Safari will add an offline reading list.
    * You’ll be able to upload photos straight from Safari.
    * Smart App Banners will let people know about your native app in the App Store.

Photo Stream
    * Shared photo streams: “Choose your photos you’d like to share, choose the friends you’d like to share it with, and you’re done.”
    * Commenting is built-in.
    * Available on Mac, Apple TV, and via web.

Mail VIPs
    * The feature essentially offers you a way to “star” email correspondents that are most frequently contacted or “very important people.”
    * You can insert a photo or video from the Compose field.
    * Mail VIPs will not be pushed to the top, but rather be starred off in chronological order among other inbox contents.
    * Mail VIPs will be hooked into iCloud, meaning that all VIP Contacts will be synced across devices.
    * You’ll have two extra inboxes: VIP inbox and a flagged inbox. .

    * Get all your passes in one place, including boarding passes, tickets, and coupons.
    * It works with other apps that make natural sense, like the Starbucks store app or various apps to buy movie tickets with.
    * Brands include Starbucks, Fandango, United, Amtrak, and Apple Store of course.
    * Shows gate changes, account balances, etc. as pop-ups on lock screen.

IOS 6 Maps
    * Apple has given Google Maps the ax, opting to use their own in-house system.
    * Maps has over 100 million local businesses listed upon launch.
    * The app integrates with Yelp, just like Siri!
    * Apple is building a traffic service to show incidents and general traffic conditions in a certain area.
    * The traffic feature will use anonymous crowd-sourced data from iOS users to stay real-time and up-to-date.
    * Hoorah! Turn-by-turn navigation is in the works.
    * The Maps app will offer real-time ETA thanks to that crowd-sourced traffic info.
    * Maps works from the lock screen, and also plays nice with Siri.
    * Siri can find certain venues, like say a gas station, for you on your way to somewhere, making sure that the gas station is en route to your desired end-destination. She’ll also answer every parent’s favorite question: Are we there yet?
    * Maps will have a beautiful 3D mode, which users can toggle on within the app.
    * Flyover lets you hover above your intended route to see the perspective from an airplane or helicopter.
    * You can rotate and zoom, or simply tap on a place in 3D mode to learn about it.
    * Turn by turn navigation voice brought to you direct from Siri.
    * The icon for the Maps app has changed to pin Apple’s 1 Infinite Loop headquarters, and also has a tad different coloring than the original app icon.
    * Apple did all the cartography themselves, which explains the snazzy look.

Device support
    * iOS 6 will be supported on the iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, and iPhone 3GS.
    * iOS 6 will be supported on the iPad, iPad 2, and the new iPad.
    * iOS 6 will be supported on the fourth-generation iPod touch.
    * No word on Apple TV support.
    * Coming this fall.

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