WWDC ROUNDUP: Here's Everything New That Apple Announced Today


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Apple held its developer conference today and rattled off an impressive list of changes coming to the Apple ecosystem.From improved computers to redesigned software, here’s everything Apple revealed during its keynote today.

The new and improved MacBook Air

New MacBook Airs will be 60% faster and can be maxed out with 512 GB of solid state storage.

They're getting USB 3.0 and higher quality HD FaceTime cameras.

They're available starting today. Depending on your configuration, the 11' Airs will go for $999 or $1099 and 13' models will run for $1199 or $1499.

The new and improved MacBook Pro

Apple's refreshed MacBook Pro will feature a high-quality Retina display. Total resolution will be a whopping 2880 x 1880.

A maxed-out model can include 16 GB of RAM and 768 GB of SSD storage. It includes an HDMI port and SD card reader.

Prices will start at $2,199 and it ships today.

A new and improved Siri

Siri is learning all kinds of new tricks and is finally coming to the iPad.

  • Sports integration. Siri will be able to answer questions about sports scores and player stats.
  • Restaurant integration. You'll be able to use Siri to make reservations through OpenTable.
  • Movie integration. Use Siri to track down movie times and watch trailers.
  • App launching. Siri will finally be able to launch apps by voice.
  • Car integration. Siri will go hands-free for use while driving in your car.

New Google-free iOS maps

The new iOS maps don't use Google at all. Here's what it'll offer in its place:

  • built-in turn by turn navigation
  • live traffic view using crowdsourced information
  • Siri integration with navigation, for example, 'Take me to the Golden Gate Bridge'
  • Jaw-dropping 3D flyover maps!

iOS 6 gets plenty of new features

  • Tweet from Siri
  • Facebook integration. It's the same format as Twitter integration in iOS now, except you post stuff to Facebook
  • Phone app enhancements. When you get a call, you have the option to set a reminder to call the person back or send them a text if you're busy. Do Not Disturb feature keeps notifications from buzzing or lighting up your screen
  • FaceTime now works over 3G/4G
  • Tying together your phone number to your Apple ID. This will help prevent mixups with FaceTime calls and iMessages if you have multiple iOS devices
  • Offline reading list. It's like Instapaper, letting you save articles and read them offline
  • Share your PhotoStreams. You can now share and comment on photos you upload to your iCloud account
  • Mail VIPs. Flags emails from your favourite contacts.
  • Upload attachments to email from within the compose window
  • New app: Passbook. Lets you save aeroplane boarding passes, gift cards, movie tickets, etc. in one app. Developers can tie in their gift cards, tickets, etc. to Passbook. For aeroplane tickets, the app updates with live gate information, etc.
  • New accessibility settings
  • Lost Mode. If you lose your iPhone, you can have the person who finds it call you.

Details on OS X Mountain Lion

Several new features to look for here.

  • Air Play Mirroring -- 1080p wireless screen sharing via an Apple TV
  • Documents In The Cloud -- a simple new way to access and organise documents a la Dropbox
  • Messages bring iMessages to your Mac and is no longer a beta product
  • Dictation -- everywhere on your Mac where you can type, you can talk to enter text
  • Unified Smart Search bring searching right to the browser address bar
  • iCloud Tabs -- shows all the pages you have open across all devices. Brings a very iPad-like experience to the desktop when navigating the web.
  • Increased Chinese Language Support -- including a new Chinese dictionary and a Chinese search engine

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