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WWDC 2012 Recap

New Macbook Air, new Macbook Pro, more details on OS X Mountain Lion and details on iOS 6. Apple announced all of this at their annual WWDC conference at the Moscone Center in California. The circumference was packed with talk about their new Mac lineup and OS X Mountain Lion, as well as details on iOS 6.

Apple first talked about the Macbook Airs. The 11″ and the 13″ Macbook Airs have been updated heavily. These will now feature:

  • 64 GB to 512 GB of flash storage
  • Up to 3.2GHz dual-core Intel processor (Ivy Bridge)
  • Starting at 4GB of DDR3 memory, and can go up to 8GB
  • 720p Facetime HD camera
  • HDMI out
  • 2 USB 3.0 ports
  • Thunderbolt port
  • 802.11n Wireless Technology, and Bluetooth 4.0
  • Backlit keyboard

The Macbook Airs will now start at $1029 for an 11″, and will go up to $1529 for a 13″.

Next, Apple announced the Macbook Pro. This was a line which was heavily updated also. Apple introduced the awesome “retina display” to their Macbook Pro lineup, and should make the screen a complete stunner. The Macbook Pro will now feature a display at a stunning 2880 by 1800 resolution, clocking in at 5 184 000 pixels, which makes Apple have the best display on a laptop in the consumer market. It will feature:

  • i7 Intel processor, with up Turbo boost up to 3.6GHz
  • Starting at 8GB to 16GB of 1600MHz of DDR3 memory
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 1GB of GDDR5 memory and automatic graphics switching
  • 720p HD Facetime camera
  • 2 Thunderbolt ports
  • 2 USB 3.0 ports
  • HDMI out
  • 802.11n Wireless Technology, and Bluetooth 4.0

Now, these won’t come cheap, and will start at a price point of $2299. That’s a lot of money! But don’t worry, you can still purchase an original Macbook Pro with updated specs without the retina display, which start at the more affordable $1229.

Next, Apple talked about OS X Mountain Lion. Basically, they talked about iCloud integration using reminders and notes. They also noted that this new OS will feature notification center and dictation. iMessage is coming to Mac now, enabling you to send messages to other iPads, iPod Touches or iPhones. Gamecenter will also be included.

Finally, Apple talked about iOS 6. There will be some great new features coming to iOS 6. Apple will be releasing the much rumored, “new maps.” Apple will be saying goodbye to Google Maps, and will feature their own map service. This will feature 3D buildings, using a feature called “Flyover.” It will also feature traffic, as well as turn-by-turn navigation. Siri will be updated to allow sports scores, movies, and better restaurant support. It brings more languages, including Chinese and Korean, and will be enabled for the new iPad. Yay! Facebook will also be integrated into iOS 6, allowing you to “like” things such as apps. Other features include:

  • Facetime can be enabled over cellular
  • “Do Not Disturb” feature
  • VIP feature for mail
  • Full screen Safari
  • iCloud tabs
  • Remodeled iOS store

Apple also released Passbook. According to Apple, this is what is allows.

Your boarding passes, movie tickets, retail coupons, loyalty cards, and more are now all in one place. With Passbook, you can scan your iPhone or iPod touch to check in for a flight, get into a movie, and redeem a coupon. You can also see when your coupons expire, where your concert seats are, and the balance left on that all-important coffee bar card.

iOS 6 will be enabled on the iPhone 3GS and above, iPod Touch 4th generation, and the iPad 2 and above.

So that’s WWDC 2012! There was a lot of stuff released, and there is more to come hopefully this year from Apple. Be sure to visit us on FacebookTwitter, and Google+ for the latest updates!

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About Jordan Yep

Senior Editor and President of Jordan's Tech Stop. From a young age, he has always been fascinated by technology, and enjoys reporting and checking out the latest in the tech world. Jordan has an IT Essentials certification from Cisco, which he received in 2012. Email Jordan at: jyep@jordanstechstop.com

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