The latest Apple news from WWDC 2012

At the 23rd Apple World Wide Developer Conference, a number of new products have been announced covering both hardware and software.

MacBook Air

With a refresh for Intel IvyBridge processors, the 11-inch MacBook Air is getting bumped up to 1.7GHz dual-core i5 processors with 4GB RAM and Intel HD Graphics 4000 pushing the 1366 x 768 resolution. With a battery life of 5 hours, the Air still boasts the incredible thin and light portability. Two variants of the 11-inch Air will be available offering 64GB SSD for $999 or 128GB SSD for $1099.

The 13-inch MacBook Air is also getting refreshed. It will have a 1.8GHz dual-core i5 processor with the same built-in graphics with 7 hour battery life. It has a 1440 x 900 display. With 128GB SSD or a 256GB SSD, the 13-inch Air will run $1199 and $1499 respectively.

MacBook Pro

The MacBook Pro is definitely for the hardware enthusiast.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro will have two different configurations.

1280 x 800 1280 x 800
2.5 GHz dual-core i5 2.9 GHz dual-core i5
Intel HD Graphics 4000 Intel HD Graphics 4000
7 hour battery life 7 hour battery life
0.95″, 4.5lbs 0.95″, 4.5lbs
$1199 $1499

The 15-inch MacBook Pro will also have two different configurations.

1440 x 900 1440 x 900
2.3 GHz quad-core i7 2.9 GHz quad-core i7
GeForce GT 650M 512MB GeForce GT 650M 1GB
7 hour battery life 7 hour battery life
0.95″, 5.6lbs 0.95″, 5.6lbs
$1799 $2199

The next-gen MacBook Pro is as thin as the thick part of the Air and boasts a retina display. It uses all flash storage for faster performance and better battery life. It is .71 inch thin and 4.46 pounds. It has two Thunderbolt adapters and two USB 3.0 support, a thinner MagSafe power port, and 802.11n Wi-Fi. See the full tech specs on Apple’s site.

Mac OS X

Mountain Lion will be a free upgrade for Macs purchased today and on. Snow Leopard and Lion Macs that want to upgrade to Mountain Lion can purchase the upgrade for $19.99. Many of its features were covered in its earlier beta announcement. Mountain Lion will ship next month.


iOS6 brings with it over 200 new features. It includes a number of updates to Siri and a feature called Eyes Free. It allows you use a car’s button on its steering wheel to control your phone with Siri instead of lighting up the display. BMW, GM, Jaguar, Mercedes, and Honda have all committed to Siri integration in the next 12 months. Siri is also going international with over a dozen additional languages.

A Do Not Disturb feature allows your phone to ring for certain numbers or the second time a number calls for emergency reasons. FaceTime will be enabled over cellular connections in iOS6.

iOS 6 is released in beta to developers today and will ship this Fall.

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Posted by Jason Hamilton | June 11, 2012  |  No Comment

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