iOS 6 was the real showstopper at Monday’s keynote address. Scott Forstall, senior vice president of iOS software, introduced a laundry list of updates to the new operating system, which will be available on iPad, iPhone and iPod devices come fall.
The keynote audience oohed and aahed in downtown San Francisco’s Moscone Center when Forstall announced the system-wide integration of Facebook. Everything from contacts, events and birthdays will be integrated into iOS 6, and a public API means developers will be able to add Facebook access to their apps, as well.
Twitter saw a major boost after its integration into iOS 5 — Apple reported that 10 billion tweets have been sent from its operating system. What the new partnership with Facebook will yield remains to be seen.
Apple also announced updates to its line of MacBooks. The new MacBook Air will enjoy a major power upgrade with a third-generation Core processor with Intel turbo boosting, up to 3.2GHz. The computers will also sport up to 8GB of RAM and 512GB of flash storage. “The Next Generation MacBook Pro” will overhaul the existing computer; the retina display and 15.4-inch 2880 x 1800 screen makes it the world’s highest-resolution notebook display. The Next Generation is about as thin as a MacBook Air, and is the ligtest MacBook Pro in Apple history.
In other news, Siri got a whole lot smarter (and culture-savvy, we might add). And Apple is moving away from Google Maps with its own version, which offers Siri integration, 3D flyover and turn-by-turn navigation. For a full rundown of all of the updates announced at WWDC, check out the Mashable articles below.
- iOS 6: Everything You Need to Know
iOS 6 won’t be released until the fall, but customers are sure to be lusting after the veritable cornucopia of updates until then.
- Which Apple Devices Will Get iOS 6?
iOS 6 will be compatible with iPhone 3GS, 4 and 4S models, the fourth-generation iPod touch, the iPad 2 and of course the new iPad. That said, not every feature will be available on every device.
- Apple Updates MacBook Line With New Airs, Pros
The newest line of MacBooks will feature a faster processor, USB 3, and high-definition FaceTime cameras.
- Apple Unveils Retina-Display Next Gen MacBook Pro
With the retina display, Apple CEO Tim Cook says the Next Generation MacBook will be “the most beautiful computer we’ve ever made.”
- In iOS 6, Siri Gets a Whole Lot Smarter — and Comes to the iPad
Siri has been out for eight months now, and with iOS 6 we’ll be seeing some enhanced new features, including the ability to check out trailers for movies, see how your favorite team is doing, and launch apps.
- Apple Maps: Google-Free, Siri and Turn-by-Turn Nav Ready
The new maps bring turn-by-turn directions to iOS, as well as fun features like Siri integration and 3D Flyover, which let you experience places in highly detailed 3D.
- Apple’s iOS 6 Includes Deep Facebook Integration
After upgrading to iOS 6, you’ll notice Facebook in default apps, such as calendar, contacts and even the App Store itself.
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