WWDC Day 1 Keynote Announcement Highlights

So, what do you think of today’s keynote announcements at WWDC 2012? I’m feeling a bit underwhelmed, maybe it’s due to the fact that I’m getting a new MacBook Pro on the company’s account, the updated 13-incher doesn’t scream Retina Display as its new MacBook Pro (15-inch) cousin. I’m a skinflint…which probably means that I won’t get the 15-inch on my own account..donations anyone?

Anyways, onto the highlights:

Hardware:

  • As expected, plenty of hardware updates announced this time around
  • The 13 and 15-inch MacBook Pros get a speed bump while a new MacBook Pro model is announced with a 15-inch Retina Display screen and is thinner than the two other models (https://www.apple.com/macbook-pro/specs/)
  • The MacBook Air gets a speed bump as well, my best man would probably be kicking himself now. (https://www.apple.com/macbookair/specs.html)
  • The Mac Pro finally gets a long awaited upgrade after 2 years. I’m not the target market for this kind of behemoth, but hey, if you have been holding out for a Mac OS X powerhouse workstation, this is it. (https://www.apple.com/macpro/)

Software (Mac OS X):

  • Mountain Lion will be available next month at just USD 19.99. One purchase updates ALL of your Macs (phew)
  • Plenty of updates this Mountain Lion has, but I’m only interested in several, first up Game Center is available on the Mac (yay!), a new feature called Power Nap enables your Mac to keep itself updated, fetch mail, download App Store updates automatically even when it sleeps! Pretty useful I must say for a MacBook Pro user.

Software (iOS 6):

  • The beta is out now on the Developer Center.
  • Plenty of new features, I’ve downloaded the beta including the new iTunes 10.6.3 but I’m still waiting for all my apps to sync before checking it out. Some of the notable updates include Facebook integration, a new Maps app and Mail enhancements (finally!).

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