There is no computer but a mobile computer.
At least that’s the vision the late Steve Jobs set into motion four years ago. A vision that was reflected in Apple’s WWDC keynote on June 11, 2012. During the presentation, Apple, Inc. announced a next-generation, high-resolution MacBook Pro computer; a more complete version of the formerly announced Mac operating system, Mountain Lion; and a look into iOS 6, the most recent iteration of the operating system found on iPhone and iPad.
MacBook Pro with Retina Display
The largest hardware upgrade is the introduction of the MacBook Pro with Retina Display. The device is nearly as thin as the MacBook Air. The screen is technically a Retina Display, referring to the incredible density of the screen making it impossible to distinguish individual pixels from a normal usage distance. Apple engineers stuffed over 5 million pixels into the 15.4 inch display. This means you can play a full HD movie, pixel for pixel, on the screen and still have 3 million pixels to spare.
The hardware within the machine is positively monstrous. Apple put in Intel Ivy Bridge quad-core processors with speeds up to 2.7 GHz (3.7 GHz with Turbo Boost), then slapped in Nvidia’s Kepler GeForce GT 650M. For those less concerned with part numbers, this machine will scream.
While being only 0.71 inches tall and weighing but 4.46 lbs, the computer is jam-packed with incredibly powerful technology. The result is a thin and beautiful computer that’s very expensive. The base model starts at $2200. To make the package so small yet powerful, Apple built many of the components. This means the RAM and Solid State Drive are built onto the board of the notebook. If you want to upgrade those components on your own, stay away. A fully decked out version will run about $3750.
iOS 6 has been stuffed with over 200 new features across the system. Siri has received some much needed, but not revolutionary, improvements. The voice-controlled secretary began to disappoint after her novelty wore off. Siri can now remind you to return missed calls, ramble of sports statistics, give turn-by-turn directions and more comprehensive restaurant ratings. Siri can now launch apps, which is incredibly important for rich integration going forward. Siri will also be available for the iPad with iOS 6.
Former Google Maps integration has been obliterated by Apple’s own mapping program. The new maps are immensely attractive and sport turn-by-turn navigation powered by TomTom and a beautiful 3D Flyover mode which will provide you photo-realistic views.
A new Do Not Disturb function allows you to use the device even less like a phone. You can program it to only allow select calls pass through, or automatically respond to the call with a text message.
Facetime, the semi-popular video chatting service for iDevices is now possible over 3G. No more Wifi, requirement. This will definitely make it more usable.
Passbook is a new Apple app designed to store and organize boarding passes, tickets, digital gift cards, and coupons. Passbook will allow people to keep all their scannable items in one place for quick retrieval. Anything stored in Passbook will be tied to location parameters. This means if you walk into a Starbucks, if you have a coupon or gift card stored, it will automatically appear on your lock screen.
And then there was deep Facbook integration.
Mountain Lion, the newest Macintosh operating system will only cost $20 when it is released in July. iCloud, Apple’s online service, will provide OS-level integration meaning notes, calendars, iWork documents, and more will automatically sync across devices.
Notification Center has been upgraded to fit directly into the operating system. iMessages tied to an iPhone will be accessible from iPad, iPhone, or a Mac with Mountain Lion.
Siri Dictation has been integrated allowing people to talk to the computer while it does all the pesky typing work.
Power Nap is a feature allowing the computer to download data while it’s in sleep mode. This means it can be pulling large updates, or backing up to the cloud while you close it for the evening.
AirPlay mirroring allows users to stream the screen from a computer to an Apple TV, no cables required.