Apple Announces IOS 6, MacBook With Retina Display At WWDC 2012

It also took the wraps off its next generation operating systems, including Mountain Lion and the popular mobile OS iOS 6, at its 23rd annual developers' conference WWDC (World Wide Developers Conference).

Earlier, Apple had been rumoured to be getting ready to shelve MacBook Air in some quarters. Instead, Apple made it airy and faster.

The new notebooks will sport a new heart too. The MacBook Air will come with the latest Intel core processors, faster graphics and flash storage that is up to twice as fast as the previous generation. The presently available 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro have been updated with the latest Intel quad core Ivy Bridge processors and graphics from Nvidia.

In a bid to take on the new crop of ultrabooks from rivals, the new MacBook Air will also be lighter on the wallet after Apple knocked about $100 on the price tag across all models, except the entry-level model which will continue to be priced at $999.

All models will come packed with much higher resolution, retina display and up to 60% faster graphics. The new MacBook Pro, for instance, will come with a pixel density of 2800 X 1800.

Apple announced that its ninth generation OS X Mountain Lion will be available in July as a download from the Mac App Store. The company also unveiled iOS 6, introducing over 200 new features to the popular mobile OS. It released a beta version for the developers.

iOS 6 will be available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users as a free software update around middle of September this year.

New iOS 6 features include an all-new Maps app with Apple-designed cartography (thus dumping Google Maps as widely reported earlier), turn-by-turn navigation and an amazing new Flyover view; new Siri features, including support for more languages, easy access to sports scores, restaurant recommendations and movie listings.

It also has Facebook integration for Contacts and Calendar, with the ability to post directly from Notification Center, Siri and Facebook-enabled apps like Photos, Safari and Maps, and Shared Photo Streams via iCloud. Interestingly, iPhone 4S' iconic voice assistant Siri will also be available for the new iPad, with added support for Spanish, Italian, Korean, Mandarin and Cantonese. Still no Hindi!

Apple senior vice president Phil Schiller took centrestage at WWDC to showcase the new notebooks, after recognition mentions for the developers.

The new 15-inch MacBook Pro has retina display, all flash storage (with this Apple moves away from the hard disks completely) and new quad core processor in a very thin and light frame. Measuring 0.71 inches and weighing 4.46 pounds, the new MacBook Pro will compete with Macbook Air!

Apple claimed MacBook Pro retina display is the "world's highest resolution notebook display" with over 5 million pixels, 3 million more than an HD television. At 220 pixels-per-inch, the retina display's pixel density is so high that Apple claimed "the human eye cannot distinguish individual pixels from a normal viewing distance", thus promising the text and graphics will seem much sharper.

Featuring a aluminum unibody design and all-flash drives for storage, the new MacBook Pro is the lightest MacBook Pro ever and nearly as thin as a MacBook Air. Flash storage that is up to four times faster than traditional notebook hard drives, enables the new MacBook Pro to play four simultaneous streams of uncompressed 1080p HD video from internal storage. The flash storage architecture also delivers improved reliability, instant-on responsiveness and 30 days of standby time.

MacBook Pro with retina display features the latest Intel Core i7 quad-core processors up to 2.7 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.7 GHz, NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M discrete graphics, up to 16GB of faster 1600 MHz RAM and flash storage up to 768GB. Two Thunderbolt and two USB 3.0 ports will allow Pro users to connect to multiple displays and devices, and a new HDMI port for connectivity to HDTVs.

New MacBook Pro also features a FaceTime HD camera, glass multi-touch trackpad, full-size backlit keyboard, dual microphones, enhanced speakers, 3-stream 802.11n Wi-Fi and a thinner MagSafe 2 power port.

Also, OS X Lion, iPhoto, iMovie, iTunes and other Apple apps including Aperture and Final Cut Pro X have been updated to take full advantage of the new MacBook Pro with retina display. The updated Aperture 3.3 also includes the new image adjustment features and now supports a unified photo library so photographers can move seamlessly between iPhoto and Aperture.

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