Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference kicked off today at the Moscone Center. Here's a brief rundown on some of the highlights from the first day that are sure to get your iHearts pumping.
(starting at $1,199), and the MacBook Pro (starting at $2,199) were
announced. Both are faster, lighter, and sleeker than their predecessors, and feature new Intel Ivy Bridge processors and Retina display
screens. Also announced was a smaller, but less advanced, 11-inch
Mountain Lion The newest operating system for all Mac computers.
Sleeker package, more Multitouch options, built-in Twitter integration,
and Dictation -- Apple's newest speech-to-text technology. Will retail at
iOS6 The newest update for Apple's mobile devices. Now has a Do
Not Disturb feature and Apple's new Photo Stream, a feature that shares
your pictures across all of your iOS6 and Mac devices and allows for friends and family to comment on them. Is sure
to take a bite out of Instagram's userbase.
A smarter Siri Your favorite creepy robot lady has been brushing up on
her knowledge of foreign languages, sports, movies, and local
Safari upgrade The web browser will offer new search features, faster scrolling, and will work with more Multitouch gestures.
Passbook An app that packages all of your tickets, gift cards, and coupons together.
Maps Upgrade Apple's updated navigation application is their answer to
Google Maps. This upgrade, built fresh and packaged specifically for
their mobile devices, now offers turn-by-turn navigation and Yelp integration. The new Maps also includes a new feature called Flyover. Flyover
provides 3-D maps from an aerial point of view that are supposed to look
stunning on Apple's Retina display devices.
Not revealed, however, was the highly rumored iPhone 5. The internet
gossipers were wrong about this release. You'll have to wait until next
time for that one!