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WWDC 2012 is not only today but it held until 15 of June 2012. What is the next expecting on Apple? Mac OS X Mountain Lion. MacBook Pro? iOS 6? iPhone5? What will be the surprise for all the Apple Fans today? Jason Parker has his wish list for iOS 6: reviews.cnet.com. Some of the people say Apple needs to clean up their app store and they beg Apple, remove that ugly gloss overlay added onto the icons. So many people is can’t wait to see the new macbook pros, hopefully they’ll get thinner, they’ve had that same design for like 4 years.
The security here feels much heavier than when I was at Apple campus for the last MacBook Air event in 2010. I wasn’t aware that Apple was making the new full body “iScanners” for airports now. The WWDC given warning to the every one in the building to switch devices to “silent” mode, says the booming PA system. Many people do asking about the runtime of this live streaming. Well i not sure, but it’s probably going to be about 1 hour 45 minutes. Lights dimming. Here we go folks. Huge applause really. “We have a great week planned for you and some cool stuff to show you.”
Here go First up. Updates on the App Store. 400 million App Store accounts, Cook says. 400M with credit cards and 1-Click buying. Largest numbers of accounts with credit cards on the internet, Cook says. 650,00 apps too. New milestone for App Store: Downloaded 30 billion apps. Cook says Apple’s paid out more than $5 billion to developers. App Store will be in 32 more countries, tallying the total up to 150 countries “later this year.” Cook says that despite the numbers, it’s “what we do together” that’s more important. “For Apple, and I suspect many of you, our goal has always been to do great work, and to make a difference in other people’s lives. Nothing makes use happier than to see hundreds of thousands of devs around the world using our hardware and our software to share their latest and greatest ideas.” The countries still without App Store access on the global map look like the kind of places Tom Clancy novels take place in.
Narrator Per Busch mentioning he love for a forest, but getting lost in it. GPS app helped him find his way. Then a man named Giovanni noting that he wanted to make an app to help blind people to walk. Now we’re seeing a classroom, with an iPad plugged into a projector to teach students anatomy. 3-D views of skeletons and muscle structures, noting that comprehension jumped up. John Moore, CEO of 3D4Medical on screen noting that the company started out as a medical stock image company before the iPad came out. Then they made an app. I know teachers who would rather have a classroom of iPads than laptops. Getting a behind-the-scenes from co-founder of Airbnb noting that it’s in 192 countries, 190K cities, and that the App Store is available in all those places too.
Other people have added it to their computers too, Now is Macbook Air and Macbook Pro but sometimes they add one USB 3.0, and one USB 2.0. Says Apple’s doing it different, the port works for both technologies. And, also as expected, USB 3.0. Two USB 3, no USB 2. Faster read speed, if you’re not happy with the current versions. The speed on the read speed is now up to 500MBps. Faster than any hard drive out there. Same 11-inch screen resolutions, 1,366×768. 13 -inch modes, same $1199 and $1499. Still tough to sell a $1,799 15-inch laptop. Only Apple seems to be able to do it. Note, no mention of 17-inch Pro. You want it to be radically thin and light. You want it to discard the legacy things so you can make something unlike anything that’s been made today.
Next Generation of Macbook Pro And it just popped up out of a display. Most beautiful computer we’ve ever made. It’s basically a MacBook Air meets MacBook Pro. No optical drive. We’re getting a side view. It’s got an SD card slot, that’s for sure. Now Next Generation Macbook Pro is Now onto the specs: 0.71-inches thick. Seeing it next to the current gen MacBook Pro, it’s a quarter thinner. It’s about as thick as a MacBook Air. 4.46 pounds. The display is a Retina Display. 2880×1800 Resolution. Higher contrast ratios, higher angle of view with IPS technology, and 75 percent less glare, even though it’s a glossy screen. Anti-glare, and Lion has been updated to work with new display. Third-party apps? We’ll have to see. Now you can see pixel-for-pixel 1080p video in the viewer, from a notebook. Up to 9 simultaneous streams at ProRes format. Schiller talking up how the Retina Display is useful for that since you can see more pixels in your photos. Also getting an update, Final Cut Pro, Photoshop, Diablo III, basically the two most important Mac apps, are updated.
Schiller talking up the bottom of the computer, joking that it’s prettier than the top of anyone else’s computer. Now onto the inside of the machine. Inside, I see a giant battery back, twin fans. Schiller notes that it’s needed to drive the display. Quad-core processors, up to 2.7Ghz. Up to 16GB of 1600Mhz RAM. Uses the same quad-core Core i7 CPUs we saw in the first Ivy Bridge 17-inch gaming laptops. Kepler graphics, GeForce GT 650M.Up to 768GB of flash storage. Battery life: Up to 7 hours with 30 days of standby time. I/O: We’ve got SD, HDMI, USB 3, USB 2, MagSafe 2, Thunderbolt, and headphones. MagSafe 2 is thinner. That was two thunderbolt ports, by the way. Not too shabby. Schiller going over a handful of THunderbolt peripherals. So new adapters: FireWire 800 and GigaBit ethernet. Both plug into Thunderbolt. Adaptor dongles for FireWire and Ethernet. 802.11n Wi-Fi and BlueTooth 4.0. FaceTIme HD, and dual microphones. And stereo speakers.
Bob Mansfield, Apple’s SVP of hardware and engineering going over the screen tech for us once again showing how much bigger than a TV that many pixels is. Basically the same pitch from the third-gen iPad promo video. Mansfield talking up flash memory, RAM and Intel chips making the thing hum. Ive says “we rigorously questioned the way we designed and built our products in the past.” That included how the display was built. The display was actually built into the lid of the machine. So, my question is does this add fragmentation to the otherwise streamlined MacBook lines? Ive kind of getting philosophical on us about the importance of designing the notebooks from custom-engineered parts vs off the shelf stuff. That includes the thermal system which uses asymmetrical blades, which makes it sound quieter.
Other than the optical drive, and maybe a mega-big HDD, who would you guy a regular 15-inch Pro? Video showing someone cutting a video in Final Cut Pro on a plane ride home. Ive says the production made the company “re-think” how it makes its machines. “It’s the very best computer for today and the future,” Ive concludes. $2,199!! That’s how much it’ll cost you. 8GB RAM and 256GB of storage to start, and it goes up from there. Schiller noting that the new Mac is Energy Star 5.2, arsenic free, mercury-free class, BFR-free, etc. And that’s is the end for Mac notebooks.
No mention of desktops, Mac Pro, Mac Mini, iMac, etc. Now onto OS X, Craig Federighi, Apple’s SVP of Mac up. On to OS X now which Mac userbase up to 66 Million users. Federighi notes that 26 Million copies of Lion have shipped since release last July. 40 percent of OS X users are running Lion. Windows 7 took 27 months to hit that same level, he says. Now onto Mountain Lion, Apple’s next version of Mac OS X. 200 new features, Federighi notes. We’re seeing 8 of them. First up, iCloud. 125 Million iCloud users (registered). iCloud support is built in. Things like mail, contacts, calendar, stuff stays synced. Messages, Reminders and Notes all sync up, as well as the new feature “Documents in the Cloud.” This was all stuff seen in the developer preview, which cropped up in February. Federighi notes that documents in the cloud is live in Pages, Keynote, Preview, and TextEdit. There’s also an API for developers to add the feature to their own apps. And we’re getting a demo of it. Federighi pointing to the dock and a few new icons on it, mainly iCloud-friendly apps like Notes and Reminders.
I keep trying to use the “Reminders” app to schedule my life. Now that it’s on iPhone/iPad, and now Mac, (and I’m using a Mac more often), I might finally get that together. We’re getting a demo of the reminders app, the notes app. Federighi focusing on the Messages app, which has been in beta for the past three months or so. This is the one that lets you chat with other iMessage users and work as a multi-client chat app too. And we’re back to documents in the cloud. Federighi showing how you can drag and drop document files in there just like a normal folder on your desktop. Federighi showing how he’s made an update to a Pages document on his iPhone, and it just pops up back on the Mac. Now onto Notification Center, the iOS-carryover feature that puts all your banners and alerts in one place. Apple’s also tweaked the logo on this in the top of the screen. It used to be a kind of steering wheel like circle. Now it looks like an ordered list. Federighi snowing off the new disable feature to keep notifications and banners at bay.
But I think you’re more likely to have an Apple phone/tablet/laptop than an Acer laptop/tablet/etc. Federighi moves onto the share sheet feature, and sends a photo he’s looking at through iMessage. Shows that because of Notification Center, you can see someone respond without leaving the app.New in notification center: you can Tweet right from the interface. Wonder if you can use that in iOS 6. Onto another new feature: Power Nap. Power Nap keeps your Mac up to date while it sleeps. This power nap feature sounds like a lot of the stuff Intel promises from ultrabooks. Fetches data even when it’s in sleep mode That includes iCloud sync, system software updates, and e-mail. Also Time Machine backups. You need MacBook Air (2nd generation) as well as the latest MacBook Pro with Retina Display. Onto AirPlay mirroring. This is the feature that lets you beam what you’re watching on your Mac to an AirPlay-video enabled device. Federighi just gives a quick once over, no demo there. AirPlay for OS X just reminds me that MacBooks (except for the new retina Pro) lack HDMI.
Final feature over view: Game Center, Apple’s social network/multiplayer tool for games. My God! What games are you going to tie into GameCenter for Mac? Diablo? Call of Duty 4? But the iOS OS X game to game action sounds awesome. Federighi’s demoing it on an Apple TV set top box. Shows that he’s mirroring his display to the other machine. His game center name is “Hair Force Once”. Hold that thought. It’s The Stig! Fake Stig. Wow. And they’re going to play CSR Racing from Natural Motion. New version’s coming out on iOS and Mac this summer, Federighi says. Whole demo’s going over AirPlay. And that was quick…demo’s over. Federighi wrapping up. No mention of Gatekeeper, Apple’s new security tech. Search in Launchpad, search widgets, encrypted backups, folders in Notes
New features for China: Chinese input methods improved, new fonts, character recognition, support for Baidu as well as a handful of Chinese e-mail services. “Get your apps ready for China,” Federighi says. Mac OS X Mountain Lion will be shipping in July. Will be sold in Mac App Store. Price is $19.99. (RM 70.00). New Mac buyers get a free Mountain Lion upgrade. That’s an upgrade from Lion and Snow Leopard. Developers getting a “near final” developer preview today to prep their apps. 365 million iOS devices sold through March 30, Forstall notes. More than 80% are running iOS 5, he says. Forstall takes a crack at the competition (Android). “They released a dairy product — 4.0 — around the same time we released iOS 5.” Forstall giving a quick recap of iOS 5, demoed for the first time at last year’s show. First that’s notification center. More than 7 billion push notifications sent out every day. 1.5 trillion push notifications since the feature launched.
iMessage 140 million iMessage users, 150 billion messages sent, 1 billion messages sent a day. Twitter: 3x growth in iOS users, 10BN tweets from iOS 5, 47% of photos shared on the service are from iOS 5. Game center: 130M accounts, 5 billion scores per week. ”More than 75 percent of our customers check off the top box for ‘very satisfied,” for iOS,” he says. Part of the reason for that, Forstall says is that we’ve done a new version of iOS every year. So this year, that’s iOS 6. iOS 6 come with 200 new features. First up was Siri. Siri’s getting an update Forstall says. In 8 months, it’s been studying up and learning, Forestall says. And we’re getting a demo.Forestall asking what the score of the last Giant Game was. Shows a sports scoreboard from Yahoo. BTW, New feature “Passbook” spotted on the iOS 6 home screen. Siri also knows about football apparently. Forstall asks when the 49ers season starts, and Siri picks it out of the schedule. Siri knows more about restaurants too. More information about places, like what type of eatery it is, things like hours. pricing. That data’s still coming from Yelp Forstall notes. Also OpenTable integration, kicks you out to OpenTable app to make reservations. Neato.
Now Movies: “What movies are playing at the Metreon?” Can hop through movies. All that comes from Rotten Tomatoes. Live demos, no matter ow carefully choreographed, are always potential disasters. Lets you view trailers as well, so of course we get to watch The Avengers trailer. So far, this seems to be running smoothly. I admit, I turned off Siri on my iPhone 4S to save battery life. But I might turn it back on now. ButI sill feel like an idiot talking to my phone in the street. Can also ask about directors and actors. Forstall asks to see videos of Scarlett Johansson, which gets some giggles. It pull up a list of movies she’s in. Siri can now launch apps. ”Play Temple Run” and the app launches. New Feature: Eyes Free. Apple’s working with car manufactures to let you use Siri from the steering wheel. Does not light up the screen, just uses spoken alerts. That includes Toyota, GM, Mercedes, BMW, Honda, Audi, etc. All say they’ll integrate Siri in the next 12 months. And, of course, Siri is coming to the iPad.
And now, we’re seeing some more serious Facebook integration. Which we expected at some point, but there was reportedly a protracted negotiation. So, you enter your FB info once, and you can post from websites and apps easily. Similar to how Twitter works. Facebook can also get updated via voice/Siri. But wait, there’s more. It’s also integrated with the App Store. So now you can “like” apps and see apps your friends have liked. Also works with TV shows and movies. I wonder how many privacy issues will pop up from people posting everything iOS->FB without realizing they may have. Photos and Calendars from Facebook also get pulled in, Forstall notes. That works for Facebook Events and birthdays too. Given permission when connecting FB to iOS. That’s it for Facebook integration. Next up, enhancements to the phone app. Does this make a “Facebook phone” less likely? Not that it was really likely before. New control for when a call comes up: Reply with a message, and “remind me later”
Adding “reply with message” is great for iPhone, b/c my outgoing voicemail message literally says “I probably can’t pick up right now, so just email me instead.” There’s controls to control things like phone calls too, so you can keep let in phone calls from a group. There’s also a “repeated calls” option where if a person calls you after. If a person calls you twice within three minutes, the second call goes through. Wow, this new Do Not Disturb feature is pretty interesting. I can see myself really tweaking the settings on that for just the right level of off-the-grid.Also, phone number and Apple ID now unifying Forstall says. So if someone calls your phone number, you can answer it on your iPad or your Mac. Same thing with iMessage. Neat, similar to some of the stuff Palm was showing off with Web OS. Now onto Safari. 2/3rds of Web traffic is in Safari, Forstall notes. Highlighting the new iCloud tabs feature in Safari.
New feature: Offline Reading List. Once it’s added to your reading list, it’s downloaded and cached so you can read it offline. Also, a new photo upload feature. Lets you upload photos like you would on desktop machines. New: Smart app banners. Gives site owners a way to add a little “we have an iOS app!” in a less annoying way. It slides down from the top, and links directly to the app, and also offers a way to let you open it in the app if you already have it. Switching from websites to dedicated apps is a dual-edged knife. For Yelp-style stuff, sure. New: Full screen display when using it in landscape. New: Shared photo streams. Easier to switch around on the fly, web browser always works pretty much the same way, etc. You pick the photos you want, and you pick the people you want to share it with and that’s it. The other people get a push notification that lets them know the photos are there. Friends can also comment on the shots. Shared photostreams — partner with Facebook on one hand, slap ‘em around a bit with the other. That’s it for shared photo streams.
Now onto mail. New feature called VIP. Lets you mark somebody whose messages you want to be notified about. You get alerts about new e-mails like you would a text message. It also stars them on your inbox. Another new feature: Add photos and videos right into a message. And pull to refresh feature at the very top (instead of that refresh button). New feature: Passbook, “the simplest way to get all your passes in one place.” Bunch of apps for boarding passes, store cards, and movie tickets. Storage for barcodes and QR codes. Cool, but I usually get those (fo air travel) via email, not a standalone app. Will I be able to send an email QR code to PassBook? So Apple’s putting all of these in one page. Also, it’s integrated with the lock screen, so when you get near something like a movie theater, it would pop up with the fact that you had a ticket or a rewards card. Forstall demoing it : we’ve got a ticket for a SF Giants game, Starbucks cards, an Apple Store card. All these have QR codes or visual codes by the way. When you delete a card there’s a visual shredder that “shreds” your card virtually. Forstall gives a quick demo it working for Starbucks. Brings the card right up.
For a boarding pass for a plane, it shows things like live gate changes, or delays. And that’s it for Passbook. New feature: Guided Access. Photo of a blind individual up on the screen. Forstall also notes that autistic people have used the iPhone, but controls and settings in plain sight can get tricky. New app lets you get rid of certain buttons. You can also lock the device into a single app mode, so the home button doesn’t work. Single app mode also works for education too, Educators can lock down something like a test to keep people out of Safari. Forstall also points out that it can be used for something like a guided tour too. And now, Maps, which gets a big holler. Now, will this new Maps app stop thinking I’m in LA when I’m in NYC and vice-versa? All the cartography’s been done in-house, Forstall notes. Getting a tour of various places. And there’s a big ol’d 3D button. More than 100 Million business listings ingested. There are “info cards” that give you more info about a place. New traffic service shows you where accidents are, also anonymous, crowd-sourced data to keep that fresh and up to date.
Turn-by-turn navigation too. Anonymous traffic data. Wonder if we can add subway delay notes. There’s a new car button, gives you an ETA. Turn by turn is cool — I rarely drive, but when I do, I’m glued to my iPhone or iPad for directions. The app will also re-route you if you get stuck in traffic and it finds a better route. The app also shows up on the lock screen. Works with Siri. ”Are we there yet?” Siri: “Relax and enjoy the drive. You’ll be there in 14 minutes.” New feature: Flyover. They’ve been building up a 3D, photographic model of these places. All the maps are vector-based. You can also rotate maps with your fingers. Forstall look sup SF MoMa. And then he hops into 3D. The 3D is also there in satellite mode. So when you search for something it flies you over there, hence the name. Flyover mode. We all knew it was coming, but reaction anyway. ”This is not a movie, this is being rendered in real time.” We’re getting a look at the Sydney Opera House .And you get a whole look at downtown. And that’s it for Flyover. So, a 3D wireframe with images from flyovers mapped over it?
Last but not least, we’re getting a demo of turn by turn directions. Forstall plugs in Coit Tower. And they’ve got a demo going in what it looks like. Siri’s speaking the commands and providing a play-by-play of what to do. Another feature: when wo turns are close together it gives you a preview of what the next move is. And overview mode also shows you where you’re at with kind of a birds-eye view. And that’s it for the turn-by-turn demo. nd that’s it for the iOS 6 demo. A “lost mode”, Game Center challenges, per account signatures in Mail, redesigned stores, Came CEnter Friends from Facebook., Made for iPhone hearing aids. Custom vibrations for alerts. The lost mode by the way lets you send a phone number directly to that phone. So when someone finds it, it will call that number back. Also, features for China in iOS X Mountain Lion, all coming to iOS 6. I’ve also actually left my phone in a cab three times in the last ten years. Got it back each time, amazingly. So, now the pitch. All these features have APIs, so please build them into your apps. New API for Passkit, and reminders. Also, in-app content purchases. Also a transit-related apps will be featured and promoted right within the maps app. Beta of iOS 6 is going out to developers today. iOS 6 will come this fall. IPhone 3GS and later, 2nd and 3rd gen iPad. Now Cook coming back on.
“What do you think?” Cook asks, to a big applause. Now going over the stuff demoed today. hat Apple TV SDK rumor ain’t looking so good right now. New MacBooks, Mountain Lion, and iOS 6. “Only Apple could make such amazing hardware, software and services,” Cook says. “They are perfect examples of what Apple does best, and ultimately it’s why people come to choose to work at Apple and with Apple. To do the very best work of their lives. To empower people to do great things. To make a difference for so many people in the world.” ”The products we make, combined with the apps you make can fundamentally change the world. And really I can’t think of a better reason for getting up in the morning.”
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