WWDC 2012 Highlights
WWDC 2012 is currently underway this week in San Francisco and continues through this Friday the 15th. Yesterday, Apple shared details of their new MacBook Pro, the next OSX Mountain Lion, and iOS 6.
Two things you really need to know about the new MacBook Pro are that it has 3 million more pixels than an HDTV and that it is quieter. These things directly relate to one another – the GPU is cranking hard and hot to drive all of those pixels all the time and cooling it down usually means sounding like a jet is taking off from your lap. Apple has implemented two asymmetrical fans to cool the system, with slightly different blades. This significantly reduces the noise since the air is being “cut” at different frequencies. Thank you Apple.
Mountain Lion OSX takes the stress out of screen sharing by automatically disabling message notifications when plugged into a projector and it simplifies your life by putting all messaging into one place. You can now chat away (via fingertips) with anyone on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 5, while actually still chatting (old school) on your phone. Another great messaging improvement is being able to start a conversation on your Mac and pick up right where you left off from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
iOS 6 has 200 new features which we are going to discuss in great detail right now (just kidding!). One of the eagerly anticipated hits is the new Maps. Goodbye Google Maps and hello real-time traffic information that calculates your ETA and Flyover technology – allowing you to explore cities beautifully in high-res 3D. This new operating system is keeping Siri busy as well. Her repertoire now includes a list of capabilities like making dinner reservations and providing up to date info on sports scores and schedules. Oh and she’s doing all of this in several new languages including: Spanish, French and Korean.
The new MacBook Pro and Mountain Lion are going to be available in July and iOS 6 in the fall – which announcement are you most excited about?