On June 11th, Apple’s WWDC (Worldwide Developer Conference) 2012 presentation took place in San Francisco, CA. The much-anticipated event, one of the most important for software development, was keen to see what was in store from a post-Steve Jobs Apple. Several news-worthy items were announced – some thrilling, some disappointing. Still no official release date for the iPhone but some other exciting things to come. Let’s take a peek.
The most important topic at WWDC was probably the keynote presentation of the IOS beta 6 operating system. The most blatant items to stand out are the native application for the Apple maps (only named a very vanilla “Maps”) which marks a decisive change in Apple’s strategy to ditch Google’s integration completely. Other developments of note concerned Siri for iPad and its integration with Facebook and Twitter (hands-free tweets and status updates). FaceTime has become also available for 3G – a significant improvement over the current Wi-Fi only option.
With the new MacBook Airs and MacBook Pros, also comes an updated version of the Apple operating system. The version 10.8, known as Mountain Lion, will sport several new functions and will set you back a modest $20, a price that’s competitive with the new versions of Windows.
The new MacBooks
The MacBook Air, Apple’s ultra-light notebook, is now available with Intel Ivy Bridge processors. The 11- and 13-inch models will be available with dual-core i5 and i7 1.7GHz to 2.0GHz processors (up to 3.2 GHz with an Apple technology called Turbo Boost). The new MacBook Pro, however, will be available in two versions, 13- and 15-inches, and will come with the sophisticated Retina display technology which has made its highly anticipated debut with the iPad 3 (aka “the new iPad”).
For all the details of what went down at WWDC 2012, check out this handy, condensed 1:30 minute version from the Cult of Mac.