Apple Announces New Macbooks, iOS 6, OS X Mountain Lion Among Other Things

Apple had the World Wide Developer’s Conference keynote speech today and the fanbois must have loved what they heard. Here’s a quick rundown of everything that got announced:

  • iOS 6 was announced today with over 200 new features. Here’s some of the ones I feel that are key features. The Siri assistant becomes smarter and gets ported to the iPad. There’s a “do not disturb” mode along with Facetime that works over cellular data. Just watch your bills as that’s likely to get expensive in a hurry. Oh, there’s a non Google based mapping engine that has a 3D flyover feature and turn by turn directions and Facebook integration. Expect it to show up sometime this fall.
  • OS X Moutain Lion was also highlighted with 200 new features. There’s more iCloud integration, iMessage is now in the OS, and iOS like notifications are built into the OS. It’s coming this July and will be available from the app store for $19.95.
  • Apple announced new Macbook Air models today. What’s new? How about the latest Intel Ivy Bridge and Core i7 processors with Turbo Boost, running up to 3.2GHz. Hard drive options include a 512GB SSD while graphics will be up to 60 percent faster. And USB 3.0 will also be part of the package. It’s available TODAY.
  • The party continues with Macbook Pro. Besides everything that the Macbook Air has, but adds Nvidia GeForce GT650M graphics for quick graphics performance. 13″ and 15″ models are available and they’re also available today. But Apple didn’t stop there as they also came out with the “Next Generation Macbook Pro” which ups the ante by being  just 0.71 inches thick and under 5 pounds. You can get up to 16GB of RAM and up to a 768GB SSD drive. Not only that, it has a Retina Display just like the latest iPad and iPhone which ups the display resolution to 2,880 x 1,800 on a 15.4″ screen. Both models are available today as well. You’ll not that I didn’t mention a 17″ model. It’s been dropped from the line up as I suspect Apple didn’t sell that many of them.

So, what do you think. Is this a big deal for Apple or more of an evolution? Leave a comment and share your thoughts.

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