The hot topic of this week will absolutely be 2012 Apple WWDC and no one else. So this week’s video will focus on the topic. As the conference is going on, what are the cool stuffs for Apple’s worldwide developers? Are new Mac Pros finally coming? What’s new in iOS 6 and Mountain Lion? So together with CNET’s video, you’ll find all you need for 2012 Apple WWDC.
New hardwares on new MacBooks
MacBook Pro is getting a refresh with the new Intel Xeon chips and Nvidia graphics technology, offering a 60% speed boost in graphics processing. The new notebook is nearly as thin as a MacBook Air, but includes features not available on other models including Retina display technology. The screen is a ridiculous 2880 pixels by 1800 pixels in resolution on a 15″ screen, making it the highest-resolution notebook display ever.
As for MacBook Air, it is updated with new 3rd generation Intel “Ivy Bridge” processors that are considerably faster than the previous version. The new Air will also offer up to 512GB of flash storage via a solid state hard drive, which means lightning-quick access to programs and other features. All-in-all, the new Air is twice as fast as the previous model. What’s more, the MacBook Air series will see a $100 price drop across all models.
Easy connect with other Apple users in Mountain Lion
If you own an iOS 5 device, you’re already probably pretty familiar with the drop-down notification center feature that gathers all your social networking updates, weather info, and other important details into one, easy-to-browse section. Mountain Lion offers that same functionality, and will automatically sync with your iPad or iPhone to add updates or remove ones you’ve already checked.
Apple’s iCloud storage and syncing service will also be a big part of Mountain Lion, making it easy to toss notes from your iPad or iPhone straight to your Mac, and back again. And to make the process of creating documents faster, the new OS includes the same voice dictation technology already proven in the new iPad.
On the gaming front, Mountain Lion finally brings Game Center to OS X, allowing you to keep track of scores and achievements of games. You’ll be able to use the same Game Center ID that you use on your iOS devices, and also invite friends to play against you using the built-in matchup feature. Mountain Lion will launch in July for $19.99 via the Mac App Store.
Google Map out, in-house map in!
In the past, Apple has given prominent billing to Google mapping app. But as two companies becoming rivals for people buy more devices running Android operating system, Apple kicks Google Map out in its own mobile OS.
Apple’s new Maps application will have a voice navigation feature. It will have real-time traffic data and offer alternative routes as traffic conditions change.
It will also include “flyover” three-dimensional images taken by helicopters hired by the company to fly over major cities. Google said last week that it has been dispatching its own planes to produce similar 3D images that will soon be available on its mapping service.
Apple’s map program will be integrated with its Siri virtual assistant so that you can ask for directions and pose other questions.
An international Siri
Since Siri was introduced in October with the iPhone 4S, Siri has been “studying up and learning a lot more. Siri’s sharpened intellect will be especially apparent when the voice assistant is fielding questions about movies, restaurants and other things.
If you ask Siri who is taller between LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. Siri replies, “LeBron James appears to be slightly taller” as the cards of both players are displayed on an iPhone screen.
Apple says it is partnering with Yelp Inc so that Siri can include ratings and prices of restaurants when you ask her about places to eat. The company is also partnering with OpenTable Inc. to make reservations.
Siri will now be available in more languages and more countries.
Apple also says it’s working with car manufacturers to let you use a button on the steering wheel to talk to Siri, allowing you to keep your hands on the road. Apple says General Motors Co, BMW AG and Daimler AG’s Mercedes are among the automakers that have promised to offer Siri integration in the next 12 months.
Enter password once, post variety of apps on Facebook
The new software promises better integration with Facebook. The idea is you enter your password just once, and you can post to Facebook from a variety of apps. You can also post about websites directly from Apple’s Safari browser.
Facebook will be integrated with Apple’s online app store so that you can declare that you “like” specific apps there, as well as songs and movies in iTunes.
Events in Facebook’s calendar and birthdays of Facebook friends will also appear on your phone’s calendar.
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