WWDC 2012 PREVIEW

New Mac Hardware

 

As the curtain closed on the WWDC 2012 a lot of speculation was laid to rest. The release of the new range of Macbook with high definition Retina display was the major highlight. Apple also had two major software announcements. The first was regarding a new OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, which will integrate Apple’s iCloud service much more prominently than the current OS X Lion version. Mountain Lion will also integrate Apple’s GameCenter, providing it another link to the company’s mobile devices.

 

 

New Software

The main big news from the iOS 6 preview was Apple’s announcement of its in-house Maps service that will include turn-by-turn navigation, realistic 3D graphics, live traffic updates, and Siri integration, and effectively do away with Google Maps integration. The company also revealed improvements to Siri, including the ability to launch apps, new languages, and its integration within cars. Siri will also, as expected, come to the new iPad with iOS 6.The new version of the mobile software will also include Facebook integration in the Contacts list, Calendar app, Notification center, and with Siri FaceTime video chatting will be allowed on cellular networks instead of just Wi-Fi. The Mail app will now support photo and video attachments, while a new VIP section will let users receive  notifications from a selected group of users.

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