Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference kicks off today with a keynote from CEO Tim Cook. Two big announcements are rumored during this keynote, the first being an update to Apple’s mobile operating system iOS. The second being refreshes to Apple’s computers. Ars Technica already had a leaked spec sheet of the upgrades, and they look fairly minor, however we might see hardware updates as well.
I’ll post any big news here during the keynote and the day. And don’t forget to listen to Status Update tonight at 6pm for the full breakdown.
UPDATE 2:53PM: And it’s over. I held off on any of the iOS6 updates because they were just coming too fast, but here’s what you need to know about iOS6.
- New Map software – as expected, Apple dropped Google Maps and introduced their own maps offering. Really, nothing different from Google Maps – now that Google announced 3D “flyover” a few days ago. They say they will have a crowd sourced traffic service, that is already present in Google and you can download an app called Waze and get that functionality now. Other than that, really no difference.
- Facebook integration – much like the Twitter integration. Tightly added to the notifications pane, contacts, and inside of apps for easy sharing.
- Siri knows sports – you can now ask Siri things like “Who won [insert game] last night…” and she’ll answer.
- Siri gets OpenTable and Rotten Tomatoes – Now you can make reservations through Siri and get movie reviews, kind of neat.
Overall, I have to say a rather small update to iOS, nothing major was added. Honestly, this felt like a “catch up to Android” announcement for iOS.
UPDATE 1:48PM: Now on to OS X Mountain Lion. Looks like there are some decent sized upgrades. The first integration is iCloud – which makes perfect sense. A couple of new apps on iCloud include Messages, Notes, and Reminders. They also introduced a new thing called Documents in the Cloud. Looks like Messages allows you to respond to text messages directly from your Mac, interesting…
UPDATE 1:28PM: Now we get the goodies. An entirely new MacBook Pro, they are dubbing it the “next generation MacBook Pro.” It has what you’d probably expect, much thinner, 0.71 inches and 4.5 pounds, and it includes a “retina display” 2880×1800 resolution, 220ppi, and 15.4″ screen. Obviously, programs have to be updated to take advantage of this increased resolution, they announced the OS is optimized, as are all of the Apple software (iPhoto, iMovie, Mail, Aperture, etc.) It will also boast a quad-core i5 or i7 chip from Intel, which is crazy considering the thin nature of the product. On top of that you can put up to 16GB of memory in the thing, plus a 768 SSD drive, and battery life stays the same at 7 hours. The price point for all of this? Starts at $2,199 – very impressive price point, an aggressive price point I should say.
UPDATE 1:21PM: And just like that we have an announcement, incremental upgrades to the MacBook Air lines – the IvyBridge CPUs from Intel, Solid State storage, and some faster processors. There ya go. In addition, looks like Ars Technica was right on the money with their leaks earlier today – so if you want to know right now what the entire slate of upgrades looks like for the MacBook line, check out the link above.
UPDATE 1:17PM: Tim Cook confirms today is about notebook changes, Desktop OS changes, and iOS 6 – first up, Notebook changes.
UPDATE 1:10pm EDT: The first ten minutes of the keynote have been what you’d expect, Apple throwing around a bunch of awesome numbers, and then some heart warming stories about how apps have changed lives around the world.