WWDC 2012 Announcements Roundup

WWDC 2012 Announcements Roundup

 

WWDC 2012 Announcements Roundup

There were rumors aplenty before today about what Apple would unveil during its keynote address on the first day of WWDC 2012. Well, there were as many hits as there were misses. While we didn’t see the mythical Apple HDTV or the much-rumored iPad mini, there are still plenty of new products to keep tech pundits and consumers alike excited.

On the Mac front, the MacBook Airs have all upgraded to Intel’s Ivy Bridge platform, and now boost support for USB 3.0 (finally!). The MacBook Pro lineup also sees a total refresh, with even faster Ivy Bridge processors, as well as NVIDIA’s GeForce GT 650M discrete graphics available on a couple of them.

Of course, the highlight of the keynote has to be the new 15-inch, Retina display-equipped MacBook Pro, which sports a staggering resolution of 2880 x 1800 pixels (this translates to a pixel density of 220 pixels per inch). Designed from the ground up, this is Apple telling the world what it thinks is the future of notebooks. And by the way, Apple has quietly discontinued the 17-inch MacBook Pro.

While many professionals will appreciate the raw computing power and the super-high-res screen that the new MacBook Pro brings, there are also many who are disappointed that the Mac Pro isn’t upgraded in a big way.

On the software side of things, OS X Mountain Lion will ship next month on the Mac App Store for just US$20. If you were to buy any of the new Macs announced today, you’re entitled to a free upgrade. The next 'big cat' from Apple touts over 200 new features, such as Notification Center, Messages, Dictation, Safari 6, Game Center, and Power Nap.

The other big announcement is iOS 6. True to many rumors, it includes a new Maps app (with 3D maps), VIP mail, deep Facebook integration, and many improvements for Siri. And now, Siri is coming to the 3rd generation iPad. Of course, these are just a few of the 200 new features in Apple’s next mobile OS.

To find out what else’s happened at WWDC 2012, check out the list of news and feature articles below.

WWDC 2012 News & Articles
iOS 6 Hands-on: Facebook Integration, Shared Photo Streams, Mail, Safari & Privacy Controls

iOS 6 Hands-on: Facebook Integration, Shared Photo Streams, Mail, Safari & Privacy Controls

FEATURE / 20 Sep 2012

Apple's newest mobile operating system, iOS 6, comes with over 200 new features. In this hands-on article, we take a look at the new Facebook integration, the various enhancements in Photo Stream, Mail, and Safari, as well as the new Privacy controls.

WWDC 2012: iOS 6 Highlights (Update)

WWDC 2012: iOS 6 Highlights (Update)

FEATURE / 20 Sep 2012

At long last, the new and upcoming iOS 6 has been unveiled. While we still have till fall to wait for the official build, here's a list of features for you to mull over before September 19th arrives. Check them out after the jump!

Feature Limitations in iOS 6 Mark the Start of iOS Fragmentation?

Feature Limitations in iOS 6 Mark the Start of iOS Fragmentation?

NEWS / 13 Jun 2012

A closer look has revealed how much some of the more exciting features on iOS 6 will be left out - case in point, the new 3D Flyover feature and turn-by-turn voice navigation within Apple's new Maps app - on older devices such as the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4.

Apple Updates AirPort Express

Apple Updates AirPort Express

NEWS / 12 Jun 2012

No official announcements were made about the AirPort Express during Apple's recent WWDC conference. However, the Cupertino firm did slip in a surreptitious update on the compact wireless router after all. Read on to find out what's changed.

Mac Pro Updated by Apple without Fanfare

Mac Pro Updated by Apple without Fanfare

NEWS / 12 Jun 2012

Apple has quietly updated their Mac Pro desktop series without any fanfare. This long-overdue hardware update for this high-end desktop series may bring little joy as these desktops still offer USB 2.0 and FireWire 800 connections, while support for Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 are still absent.

Apple Introduces New Smart Case for the iPad

Apple Introduces New Smart Case for the iPad

NEWS / 12 Jun 2012

Besides showcasing the new features of iOS 6, Apple also launched a new Smart Case for the iPad which has a polyurethane back that snaps in place over the tablet itself.

WWDC 2012: Apple Updates MacBook Lineup, Introduces Retina Display-equipped MacBook Pro

WWDC 2012: Apple Updates MacBook Lineup, Introduces Retina Display-equipped MacBook Pro

NEWS / 12 Jun 2012

Apple has refreshed its MacBooks with Ivy Bridge processors, USB 3.0 support, extra SSD storage, and NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M GPUs. A super thin, optical drive-less 15-inch MacBook Pro sporting a 2,880 x 1,800-pixel Retina display was also unveiled.

Retina Graphics Apps Point to Retina Display on Thinner Macbook Pros

Retina Graphics Apps Point to Retina Display on Thinner Macbook Pros

NEWS / 11 Jun 2012

There are plenty of rumors swirling around the web prior to Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference due to commence tonight. However the appearance of apps with "Retina Graphics" in Apple's Mac App Store have pretty much confirmed the use of Retina displays on some of Apple's new hardware.

No iOS 6 for Original iPad and Third-Gen iPod Touch?

No iOS 6 for Original iPad and Third-Gen iPod Touch?

NEWS / 11 Jun 2012

iOS 6, rumored to be announced during the upcoming WWDC 2012, will allegedly not support the original iPad or third-generation iPod touch, the Verge reports.

Facebook Integration and Revamped iOS Stores in iOS 6?

Facebook Integration and Revamped iOS Stores in iOS 6?

NEWS / 06 Jun 2012

Facebook integration will be baked into the upcoming iOS alongside revamped iOS digital stores, Tech Crunch and 9to5Mac reports.

iOS 6 to Showcase Siri API and iPad Support, 3D Mapping Functionality

iOS 6 to Showcase Siri API and iPad Support, 3D Mapping Functionality

NEWS / 31 May 2012

Apple's iOS 6 will allegedly welcome an assortment of improvements, including the availability of Siri on iPad, Siri API for developers and last but not least, Apple's own mapping system with 3D functionality.

Apple Alleged to Drop Google Maps in iOS 6

Apple Alleged to Drop Google Maps in iOS 6

NEWS / 14 May 2012

Apple will allegedly be dropping Google Maps in iOS 6 and will rely on its in-house Maps application, 9to5Mac reports.