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WWDC 2012 Highlights

Written by iHospital. Posted in Apple News

2012 WWDCMr. Cook enjoyed his time at the annual Worldwide Developers Conference today announcing new things like the new MacBook line, new Mountain Lion features, iOS6, a new and improved Siri as well as a new smart case for the iPad.  What people didn’t see was Apple TV or the next iPhone but those are expected in the fall of 2012.  This post highlights some of the most talked about news at the WWDC.

Updated MacBook Line

Apple had fun teasing onlookers by covering up a large photo with a black sheet before announcing the next-generation MacBook Pro.  Details include a 15.4 Retina display, 256GB of flash storage, a 2.3GHz quad-core i7 processor with 8GB of 1600MHz RAM (upgradeable to 16GB) and a GeForce GT 650M graphics processor with 1GB of VRAM. The Retina-display MacBook Pro starts at $2199 and the standard 15 inch model starts at $1799. The 13-inch model starts at $1199.

More Mountain Lion Features

Apple’s next OS X update will cost $20 and will be available for download in July.  OS X Mountain Lion comes with some neat new features including Dictation on the Mac, Power Nap, and iCloud Tabs. Developer Preview 4 was released today with a build number of 12A239, while OS X Server Developer Preview 5 has a build number of 12S254j. Let us know what you think in the comments below if you’re testing it out!

iOS6

Scott Forstall, senior VP for iOS software, announced the highly coveted iOS6, which has over 200 new features including a new and improved Siri, a revamped Maps app, shared Photo Streams via iCloud and more Facebook integration.  There’s also a new Do Not Distrub mode that allows users to schedule when notifications shouldn’t initiate any sound, vibrate or visual alerts. iOS 6 will be compatible with the iPhone 3GS and higher, 2nd generation iPad and later, and the 4th generation iPod Touch. A beta version is available to developers today of course.

A New and Improved Siri

Siri has gotten a facelift and includes new functionality like providing sports scores and schedules, making restaurant reservations through the OpenTable application, find local movies listings and even launch apps.  You’ll also find Siri speaking new languages like Spanish, Italian and French.

As expected, Apple announced some cool new features and products at the 20012 WWDC in San Francisco, CA.  Highlights included the brand new MacBook line, the new OS X, iOS6 and a new and improved Siri.  What do you think of all the features and updates? Let us know in the comments below!

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