Apple Unveils New MacBook + New Features In OS X Mountain Lion & iOS 6 at WWDC 2012
If you didn't have the chance to keep up with the liveblog of the opening keynote at Apple's WWDC 2012 we've got you covered right here thanks to our friends over at Engadget. Earlier today, Apple unveiled the next generation MacBook Pro boasting an insane retina display, as well as upgrading the existing MacBook Pro lineup and quietly discontinuing the 17" MacBook Pro.
In addition to the new laptops, Apple also gave us a look at all the new features coming in both OS X Mountain Lion and iOS 6. I'm excited about a lot of the new features, and you should be too! Apple does a GREAT job at making us feel like we "need" things that are truly unnecessary, but make our lives a hell of a lot easier and more interesting in the process.
Here is a recap with all the highlights from WWDC 2012
Don't let the skinny laptop fool you. In addition to being incredibly lightweight, the MacBook Air line will be moving up to the Ivy Bridge processors, getting a new 720p FaceTime camera, extended storage and not one, but two USB 3.0 ports. They start shipping today. (Learn more)
Apple has refreshed their 13" and 15" portable computers with Intel's new Ivy Bridge processors, boosted the RAM, upped the graphics and silently buried the 17" model. They start shipping today. (Learn more)
Next Generation MacBook Pro w/ Retina Display
In addition to boosting it's existing lineup of MacBooks, Apple saved the best surprise for last. The next-generation MacBook Pro is 15-inches of magnificent that weighs just under 5 lbs., is 0.71 inches and packs a 2880 x 1800 resolution with it's Retina display. There is also a new MagSafe 2 connector making its debut, plus technology on the inside that makes this "without a doubt the very best computer that we've ever built" according to Apple's Phil Schiller. (Learn more)
Dictation On Your Mac
Siri wasn't invited into the desktop/portable mac world (yet) but iPad-style dictation will be featured in Mountain Lion. That means you can tap the microphone button on your keyboard and speak your words directly into websites like Facebook and programs like Microsoft Word. (Learn more)
Naps are awesome. Now, Apple has introduced a new OS X feature that will let your Mac update email, notifications and more, as well as backing itself up while charging. The only downside of this new feature is that it only works on the second-gen MacBook Air and the next-gen MacBook Pro. (Learn more)
Over 200 new features makes iOS 6 worth every inch of the banner hype that hung proudly at WWDC 2012. Siri got a makeover, a ton of new knowledge about sports, restaurants and movies - not to mention she's heading to iPad. Facebook integration will make your social life a lot easier with the instant share option. My favorite new features include a "Do Not Disturb" option, Apple Maps and more polite way to decline phone calls. (Learn more)
Eyes Free Siri
Smartphones are cool. Siri is even cooler. Both great advancements in modern technology have one big downfall. In order to use them while driving, you are required to dangerously take your eyes off of the road - until now. Siri support will be making its way into plenty of vehicles within the next 365 days, and will only require the pressing of a button to activate the smartphone/vehicle technology. (Learn more)
FaceTime Over Cellular
Apple took its sweet time to deliver this, and now that its here I truly think it will change the way we communicate with each other. When I was a kid, the technology that defined the future in all books and movies were flying cars and video phones. We don't have flying cars yet, but video phone capabilities are a reality and now that FaceTime doesn't require a wi-fi connection, get ready to see it everywhere. (Learn more)
Apple has pushed Google Maps to the side and introduced their own mapping service specifically for iOS. It has Yelp integration, turn-by-turn navigation and a new Flyover feature that boast impressive 3D mapping. (Learn more)
Are you impressed by the new technology unveiled by Apple today? What features are you most excited about? Tell us in the comments now!