WWDC 2012 – Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue
Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) finished on the 15th of June, so here is a roundup of the key updates and developments across the Apple product range.
iCloud Update: Apple have announced updates to its iCloud service. These include the addition of documents to the iCloud, Safari iCloud Tabs and messages. Finally, the will be proper integration and support for the iCloud inbuilt in the upcoming desktop operating system, Mountain Lion. This integration includes Facebook events in the iCloud to be shared across both mobile and desktop calendars.
OS X Mountain Lion: Apple displayed their new desktop operating system OS X Mountain Lion, which looks like it will be sharing even more similarities with iOS. Included is proper Airplay support, so users can show their desktop or indeed anything they like (Movies, photos, TV, music etc) on their television through the new AppleTV device.
iOS 6: Apple unveiled iOS 6 the newest update to the iPhone and iPad operating system. The biggest changes are dropping long time partner Google Maps for an in house version complete with turn-by-turn navigation and a 3D flyover feature. It looks pretty slick at this early stage, and it will be interesting to see how it turns out in the finished product.
iOS 6 will also come with a new feature called Passbook to help you keep track of things like movie tickets, boarding passes, coupons and gift cards etc.
A feature many have been waiting for, FaceTime over cellular networks rather than restricted to Wi-Fi, has been added.
In addition to this, iOS 6 comes with an enhanced version of Siri, Apple’s personal assistant software. Siri now comes with support for many more languages including French, Spanish, Italian, Korean, Mandarin and Cantonese. Clearly Apple is taking China seriously as a growth market. Siri is finally able start Apps among her many other features. AND drum roll please…. Siri will be coming to iPads near you!
iOS 6 comes with more personalisation options including a do not disturb feature, VIP calling function (numbers you deem important can reach you even when do not disturb is active), and the consolidation of Apple IDs and phone numbers, so if you want you can answer a call on you iPad (sounds rather inconvenient to me…).
Most importantly for you as readers and tech lovers, iOS 6 will be available for the iPhone 3GS and later, as well as 2nd and 3rd gen iPads.
New 15” Macbook Pro with Retina display: Apple have updated their top of the range MacBook Pro line to include the Retina display. The same brilliant pixel free screen is being borrowed from what is currently available on both the current gen iPhone and iPad. There were many rumours surrounding the possibility of this, and it seems they were true. The new 15” MacBook Pro is the lightest MacBook Pro that Apple have ever released, it is almost as thin as a Macbook Air, and even lighter than the last generation 13” version.
- Specs for the top of the range beast:
- 15.4” LED Backlit Retina Display
- 2.7GHz Quad-core Intel i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.7 GHz
- 16GB 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM
- 768GB Flash Storage
- Backlit Keyboard (with support and manuals for English, Spanish, French & Japanese)
Facebook Integration: This may be a slight stretch, but for the sake of narrative structure, Facebook is blue! Apple have announced that iOS 6 will have significantly improved Facebook integration, this means you can do things like take photos and post them immediately to Facebook, and perhaps most importantly, sync your Facebook calendar and iCalendar. You can now post to Facebook from any Facebook enabled apps such as Photos, Safari & Maps.
There you have it folks, a quick roundup of the WWDC 2012. If you notice anything I have missed please get involved by leaving a comment below. Is this everything you wanted from Apple, or did they miss some important products (hint: no update to the iMac line in well over a year)?