Apple Unveils New Macbook, iOS 6 With Over 200 New Features

Posted on June 12, 2012 by Nikhil P Naik

Apple has announced its much awaited Mobile OS – iOS 6 at the WWDC  (World Wide Developers Conference) 2012. iOS 6 is set to offer a smarter version of Siri, Facebook integration, a newer Maps app which includes Turn-by-turn Navigation and is set to replace Google Maps as the default mapping app on Apple devices.  You also get to Share Photo Streams via iCloud and many more added features.

Lets look at some of the advanced features that Siri would provide in iOS 6:

  • Sports scores and schedules
  • Make restaurant reservations via OpenTable
  • Find local movie listings
  • Launch applications
  • The virtual assistant will also support newer languages including Spanish, Italian, and French.

Facebook integration will be more or less similar to the Twitter integration in iOS 5 with a system wide log in and the option to quickly post from apps.

Passbook – an app that will combine payment cards and electronic tickets will also be brought about. Movie tickets purchased through Fandango can be redeemed using this app. A new API will offer developers access to Passbook.

Another feature named guided access has been added to iOS 6. This allows you to disable certain controls or parts of the display in order to make your device a bit more child-friendly.

The Map as said earlier will include turn by turn directions which will work in integration with Siri that will make the mapping app very powerful. Yelp is also integrated into the Maps and even a 3D mapping feature named “Flyover”. Local search listing with over 100 million business listings from around the world is included. Something that Google will take into consideration immediately.

A “Do not disturb” feature will also be available in iOS 6. Using this, you can  instruct your device to silence the alerts or incoming calls for a period of time so that you are not disturbed.

iOS 6 will be made compatible with iPhone 3GS and later versions, 2nd-generation iPad and later, and the 4th-generation iPod touch as well. A beta version of iOS 6 has been made available to developers today. Currently 80% of Apple’s customers are using iOS 5, which is more than a decent amount. And no doubt they will be eager enough to avail this new update. iOS 6 updates will be available for iPhone, iPad and iPod users from the month of September this year. There will be no charge for this.

Apple also brought about the upgraded versions of  MacBook Pro and MacBook Air range of notebook computers. It was earlier learnt that Apple will come up with the latest Macbook in the next quarter or so, but that was not to be. The MacBook Air comes with the latest Intel core processors, faster graphics and flash storage that is up to twice as fast as the previous generation. The current model of the 13″ and 15″ MacBook Pro have been upgraded with the latest Intel quad core Ivy Bridge processors and Nvidia Graphics.

All models will sport higher resolutions along with retina display and up to 60% faster graphics. The MacBook Pro will come with a pixel density of 2800 X 1800. Apple has reduced the costs of the MacBook Air. It will cost about $100 less. But there are no price reductions on the entry-level model. It will $999 as it used to previously.

The new MacBook Pro will come with OS X Lion. The 15-inch MacBook Pro sports a 2.3 GHz Intel Core i7 Ivy Bridge processor with Turbo Boost speeding up to 3.3 GHz, It comes with 8GB of memory and 256GB of flash storage priced at Rs 1,52,900. The other model has got a 2.6 GHz processor with Turbo Boost speeding up to 3.6 GHz. It comes with 8GB of memory and 512GB of flash storage which is priced at Rs 1,92,900.

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About Nikhil P Naik

Nikhil Naik has a Master's Degree in Information Systems, and is currently working as a Software Engineer at Microsoft. He also loves playing cricket, listening to music, and traveling. Twitter Handle - @buzz_nikhil.

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