Apple dropped a lot of shiny new products and some gorgeous software to drool over at yesterday's action-packed WWDC keynote. Among them, a beautiful new retina display MacBook Pro, refreshed MacBook Airs, Mountain Lion OS X and iOS 6, along with a few other goodies that didn't necessarily warrant an explicit mention. For the most part, we're thrilled about what we saw.
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Apple announced so much great new stuff today, and Tim Cook walked away looking too fine and fancy. But not everyone left in such good shape. Apple threw plenty of haymakers at its biggest competitors.
Apple's got a whole new in-house maps platform, kicking Google Maps to the kerb. Apple's even doing all its own cartography. It's just not doing all of the work itself. According to some screens that have turned up in the new Maps (which we've confirmed), TomTom is powering a large portion of the app.
iOS 6 is on its way to an iPhone and iPad near you. But how does Apple's latest and greatest compare to the latest and greatest out of the Android camp, aka Ice Cream Sandwich? Gladiators, step forth!
It's somewhat understandable that Apple had to redesign the Magsafe adaptor, considering the engineering wizardry they pulled off with the new MacBook Pro. But to use an Apple display or older MacBook power adaptor to charge your new MacBook Pro/Air, you'll need to put down $11.99 for this converter, which just seems like an accessory waiting to be lost.
Well, that was something. Apple unloaded a heap of hardware and software at the WWDC keynote today. New supermodel MacBook Pros, software upgrades everywhere, so many peripherals and updates that some didn't even get mentioned — it was all pretty overwhelming. Here are the most important bits from today's deluge.
Apple defied expectations today by introducing an updated Mac Pro, despite not mentioning the machine at WWDC and indications that it would kill it off. Creative professionals are most definitely celebrating — it's the first time their super-powerful computer of choice has gotten a refresh in two years, and it needed some attention in a bad way. So what exactly does the updated machine look like?
We saw a fair amount of Mountain Lion when Apple dropped its developer preview a few months ago. And not only will the download bring all the iOS-ified features promised, it will also bring more integrated iCloud functionality, a redesigned Safari and Siri-like dictation capabilities.
Apple's MagSafe chargers are getting smaller. Apple just announced MagSafe 2, a slimmer version of the charger found on the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. That means more space for the super-skinny, next-gen MacBook Pro, but it also means you've got to go out and buy new chargers if you use more than one.