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Summary of Apple’s WWDC 2012 Event

The much Awaited Apple’s Annual WWDC Event has begun and Apple just completed it’s keynote, it was a long event and lot of stuff happened on it and so to make it easy to keep track of what new stuff Apple launched  at the event we have summarized and categorized it (just) for you.

It was like every other WWDC event that has been in the past, the current CEO take the stage and starts the event, but in the past it has usually been Steve Jobs to start the event but since he’s no longer with us  the Current Acting CEO Tim Cook started the event by greeting the crowd.

Tim Cook starts with the Apple’s Accomplishment’s so far

  • 650,000 iOS Apps in the App Store
  • 225,000 iPad Specific Apps
  • iOS has the Maximum number of Apps for any Mobile and Tablet operating System
  • 30Billion Apps downloaded
  • 5Billion paid to developers
  • 32New countries Added to Apps Store’s availability, 155 in Total
  • Shows a school in Mumbai, India where kids are tought using the iPad

Apple Upgrades the Macbook Line up

Apple has upgraded the whole Macbook line up, From Macbook Air to Macbook Pros.

The Macbook Air

Apple Macbook Air 2012

  • 2GHz Dual Core Processor, 8GB RAM,512 GB flash drives for storage and 60% faster graphic performance.
  • USB 3.0 and 720P HD facetime (web) camera
  • Resolution: 1366 x 768 for 11inch Model and 1440 x 900 for 13inch Model
  • Cost : 999USD (Rs. 55,632) and 1099USD (Rs. 61,202) for 11inch Model and 1199 USD (Rs. 66,771)

The Macbook Pro has also been divided in to two categories, One with Retina Display and others without retina Display.

Apple Macbook Pro with Retina Display

Apple Macbook Pro 2012

  • 15.4inch Display with Resolution of 2880 x 1880 px
  • Macbook Pro is now highest Resolution in the World ” That’s three million more than an HDTV”
  • 2.3GHz and 2.6 GHz  Quad Core CPU options, 8GB RAM (upgradable to 16GB), 256GB and 512GB flash storage (upgradable to 768GB)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 1GB of GDDR5
  • Lightest Macbook Pro Ever
  • USB 3.0 port added but still two USB ports one on the left and one on the right and HDMI port also added but no more CD/DVD drive built into the Macbooks, if you want one than you gotta buy the externals ones
  • Cost: 2199USD (Rs. 122,459) and 2799USD (Rs. 155,872)

All these Macbooks are available from today in the US through the Apple’s online store.

Apple introduces Mac OS X Mountain Lion

Apple OS X Mountain Lion for Macs

The next version of the OSX Mountain Lion is the ninth version of operating system for Macs and successor to the very successful version called lion. The Mountain is very much inspired by the iOS version in iPad

  • iCloud – Mountain Lion will come integrated with iCloud which alread has 125 million users
  • Apple has also brough three very popular iOS Apps to the Macs, Notes, Reminder and iMessage and of course everthing will be in sync through iCloud.
  • Notification Center – Just swipe to the left from the right edge of the trackpad and a you can see all your notification like you see on your iPad/ iPhone.
  • Power Nap – Even on sleep mode your Mac will periodically update Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Reminders, Notes, Photo Stream, Find My Mac, and Documents in the Cloud. (But it will only work on Macs with flash storage)
  • Dictation – It’s not Siri, but it what you have to manage with right now. Apple has brought the dictation feature to the Macs so you can now dictate your mac rather than typing on it.
  • Sharing – The Safari has a new sharing button built into it which let’s you share stuff directly to social networking sites, Email and to the reading list.
  • Facebook Integration – Facebook has been not a feature of the Mountain Lion OS, you can directly share stuff from your desktop to FB, syncs your contacts with FB, get FB notifications in the Notification Center
  • Game Center – Now you can play and connect with iOS (iPhone, iPad and iPod) Game center users through your Mac, kind of the Xbo live for Microsoft
  • Gatekeeper – Gatekeeper helps protect you from downloading and installing malicious software on your Mac, no matter where your apps come from. And it gives you even more control over which apps you install.
  • Safari – Safari is now more synced with the iOS devices, so you are reading a webpage on your iPad it’s there on all other Apple devices as well, including your MAC. The new version of safari will also let you reading even without an Internet connection, ‘offline’.
  • The beta version is already available for developers and the final version will be available to buy by July’12
  • Cost – 19.99USD (Rs. 1111) 10USD cheaper than the Lion OS and Tenth the cost of Windows OS.

Apple Launched  iOS 6 for iPhones, iPads and iPods

iOS 6 iPhone iPod iPad

  • 356Million iOS devices were sold through March and 80% of all the iOS devices are on iOS 5 compared to only 7% of Android 4.0 which was released aroudn the same time as iOS 5.
  • More than 75 percent of customers are “very satisfied.” Less than 50 percent for Android.
  • Maps – Apple has introduced a new version of the Maps App for iOS devices ditching the Google Maps  for their own Global Maps App. Maps App offers features like ‘Turn by Turn Navigation’ , Traffic update that are update by other iOS users and 3D view of all major metro cities.
  • Siri – Siri has learn’t new things, it can now track sports and tell your scores with full details about the match, teams and players. Siri can now also book air tickets and give you a full detailed about a movie and even book tickets to. Siri can also launch Apps now.
  • Facebook Integration – Like the Facebook was integrated on the Mac, iOS also offers deeper facebook integration. Share Photos , Map Locations and links directly from the natives Apps, Sync contacts and calenders with Facebook and you can also like Apps and songs from the App store and uStore App.
  • Shared Photo Stream – Share photos with any one with an iOS/Apple device over the cloud and also you dont have to upload the photos on your other devices it will be synced automatically.
  • Passbook – Your boarding passes, movie tickets, retail coupons, loyalty cards, and more are now all in one place. With Passbook, you can scan your iPhone or iPod touch to check in for a flight, get into a movie, and redeem a coupon. You can also see when your coupons expire, where your concert seats are, and the balance left on that all-important coffee bar card.
  • Facetime – Facetime is now officially Available cellular network, earlier you could only use facetime only on WiFi but with iOS 6 you will be able to use it on 3G and 4G networks
  • Phone App – The phone App has remained unchanged for a long time and Apple has upgraded has brought some new features to it. When you recieve a call you had the option to accept or decline the call, now you have more options like reply with message, remind me later, even in messages you have different options.
  • Do Not Disturb – There is a new do not disturb feature in the iOS 6, it will suppress all incoming calls and notifications. You have many customization options like scheduling it or who to can get through and who cannot.
  • Mail – The Mail get’s some more filter options like the VIP category and you can sort your emails between work, home, personal etc
  • Safari – Like the Mountain Lion upgrade, Safari for iOS offers features like iCloud Syncing, offline reading and full screen view. Other new features include access to the camera and photo app directly through the browser it self.
  • Accessibility – OS 6 comes with even more features to make it easier for people with vision, hearing, learning, and mobility disabilities to get the most from their iOS devices. Guided Access helps students with disabilities such as autism remain on task and focused on content. It allows a parent, teacher, or administrator to limit an iOS device to one app by disabling the Home button, as well as restrict touch input on certain areas of the screen. VoiceOver, the revolutionary screen reader for blind and low-vision users, is now integrated with Maps, AssistiveTouch, and Zoom. And Apple is working with top manufacturers to introduce Made for iPhone hearing aids that will deliver a power-efficient, high-quality digital audio experience.
  • Find My Friends – This featuer will help you keep a track on where your friends and family are on the map.
  • Store : The App Store, iTunes Store App and the iBookstore have been remodeled and and have got upgradation to their user interface as well. They can keep track of our history and synced with the iCloud.
  • Compatible devices – iPhone 3GS,iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod 4gen, iPad 2 and the new iPad.
  • Availability – 3 -4 months (this Fall)

 

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