Tim Cooks kicked off the WWDC 2012 with a slew of announcements, most of which were already predicted and a few were not. Without delaying below are the highlights of the WWDC 2012 event.
New in iOS6
- Siri can now launch apps, can Tweet, give searched results from Yelp, OpenTable and Rotten Tomatoes, few more language support added, and will be made available for the new iPad.
- Facebook Integration: Users can login to their Facebook account in iOS 6 and have instant access to Facebook in apps, the web browser and Siri. Facebook contacts will get integrated in iOS 6, along with birthday details and other events.
- Apple has added a new mode that will make it easy for users to remind themselves to call or text-back later.
- “Do Not Disturb” mode – Your phone will receive messages but the screen won’t light-up to give you any notification.
- FaceTime Over Cellular: FaceTime will now work over cellular connections. Also, if someone calls your phone, you can choose to answer on your iPad or Mac.
- Safari – Gets offline reading lists which will also sync with the Reading List in Safari for OS X. Ability to add “App Banners” to a website which allows developers to easily show-off their native app.
- Photos - Users can now share groups of photos to their friends over iCloud.
- Mail - new VIP feature that will highlight mail from people you really want. Apple is also adding the ability to open password-locked documents in mail and pull-to-refresh for messages.
- Passbook – Functionality that is similar to Google wallet and is location based that allows to snap deals around you.
- Apple Maps : Apple announced its own in-house mapping solution showing Google Maps the door to go out. The announcement wasn’t a surprise as Apple tapped few mapping companies in the recent past, also additional data will be used from companies like Yelp. The maps will be driven by a vector-based engine, will host real-time traffic information to calculate your ETA by collecting information from other users, has Siri integration, and will provide turn-by-turn navigation. We don’t know the region’s where turn-by-turn navigation will be available, but we hope for a better coverage than what Google provides. The mapping data has been provided by Tom Tom and this information has been revealed via About in Maps.
New MAC OS X – Mountain Lion
Apple also announced its new version of Mac OS X called Mountain Lion. Mountain Lion will offer the drop-down notification center 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. Also, the new OS includes the same voice dictation technology already proven in the new iPad.
Mountain Lion also brings Game Center to OS X. 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.
Updated Mac Pro Series, MacBook Air, Thunderbolt to Ethernet adapter
1. Apple has updated the Mac Pro and as you can see from the above image, most of the improvements are in the form of speeds. Source 2. The new announced MacBook Air has beefed-up specifications for more processing. You can see its complete specifications here. 3. Apple rolls out Thunderbolt to Ethernet adapter for $29. See the image below.
WWDC 2012 Video Uploaded:
Apple has updated the complete video of the WWDC 2012. You can stream it via your web browser by going here.