Apple on Monday showed off the next generation of MacBook Pro computers, complete with Retina displays, at WWDC 2012 in San Francisco. The new laptop will feature a display screen that is 15.4-inches wide and features an industry-best 2800 x 1800-pixel resolution, or 220 pixels per inch. To make things even more enticing, Apple says that it has reduced the glare on its new screen by 75%. More →
Apple on Monday during its annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco announced upgrades to its MacBook Air and Macbook Pro lineup. The new MacBook Air is equipped with an Ivy Bridge processor and can be clocked up to 2GHz. The ultra thin computer also supports up to 8GB of RAM and up to 512GB of Flash storage, along with a new 720p FaceTime camera and USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports on each side. The 11-inch MacBook Air will be available today for $999, while the 13-inch model will start at $1199. The Cupertino-based company also announced improvements to its MacBook Pro lineup, which include Intel’s new Ivy Bridge processor, NVIDIA GeForce GT 650m graphics and USB 2.0 and 3.0 support. The 13-inch MacBook Pro will start at $1199 and will ship today.
Apple’s annual Worldwide Developer Conference started with a bang on Monday as Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage to begin the company’s WWDC 2012 keynote. To be fair, Siri actually made the first appearance to kick off the show by telling a few jokes — including some pokes at Android and its dessert-related naming convention — before Cook took the stage. As has been the case in years past, the chief executive began the show with a quick rundown of some key numbers to help put Apple’s current position in perspective, and Cook did not fail to impress. More →
We have heard from a source that Apple will be introducing a TV SDK at WWDC next week. This would enable third-party developers to create software for Apple’s TV products. BGR reported late last month that Apple has plans to demonstrate an all new TV operating system during its WWDC keynote next week. For more information, head to our WWDC 2012 article.
UPDATE: Apple did not introduce a TV SDK at WWDC this year, though we’re told “it’s coming.”
Plenty has been said about Apple’s WWDC 2012 conference, which takes place starting on Monday next week, but if you haven’t been furiously digging and following along, here are our best guesses based on what we’ve heard from our sources, what other sites have reported, and common sense. More →
AppleInsider scored a leaked list of part numbers for new Apple hardware and it looks as though Apple is preparing a big refresh for the bulk of its Mac lineup. AppleInsider’s Neil Hughes speculates that the parts could mean as many as “14 new Mac models” arriving at Apple’s WWDC next week, which would represent a truly massive overhaul. Included on the list were parts for new versions of the MacBook Pro, the iMac 21.5, the iMac 27, the MacBook Air and the Mac Pro. 9to5Mac’s Seth Weintraub, who also received a copy of the list, speculated that there would be three new Mac Pros released: an entry-level Mac Pro for $2,999.00, a server Mac Pro for $4,599.00 and a high-end Mac Pro for $3599.00. No new Macs have been confirmed at this point, however, so we’ll likely have to wait for WWDC next week to see exactly what Apple has in store.
Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference is right around the corner and the Cupertino-based company is expected to unveil numerous updates to its Mac computer line, including the Macbook Pro. A leaked spec sheet indicates that, unlike the 15-inch model, Apple’s 13-inch Macbook Pro may not see a Retina display update after all, and instead be stuck with a 1280 x 800 resolution panel. Chinese website Weiphone published the purported spec sheet, which has not been confirmed to be authentic. The 13-inch model will also be equipped with a new Ivy Bridge processor according to the document, along with two USB 3.0 ports, a high-speed Thunderbolt port, Bluetooth 4.0 and Intel’s HD 4000 graphics processor. Apple’s WWDC kicks off on June 11th. More →
Apple has officially confirmed that the Worldwide Developers Conference keynote will be held at 10:00am on June 11th at Moscone West. Surprisingly, Apple has not confirmed who will in fact be delivering the keynote. Traditionally Apple’s CEO has participated, with Steve Jobs famously speaking for many years, and Tim Cook filling in for him among other executives. We’ll be covering the WWDC keynote live.
Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference is scheduled to take place in San Francisco from June 11th to June 15th. Tickets for the event sold out in less than two hours, leaving many West Coast developers in the dark, and the Cupertino-based company is enforcing restrictions this year that prevent tickets from being transferred. For developers who aren’t interested in legally changing their name to get past Apple’s restrictions, there is an alternative — Indie Developer Labs. “Indie Developer Labs is an open area where developers are provided with space to work, free Wi-Fi, and an open environment to connect with other developers. Our mission is to help foster the collaborative spirit of the Apple developer community,” the organizers said, adding that a hackathon event is being planned as well. The event is being organized by Kyle Kinkade, Craig Fox and Nate True, who are looking to “help the developer community have a place to collaborate during WWDC.” IDL will take place from June 12th to June 15th in San Francisco, just blocks away from where Apple’s event will be held at the Moscone Center. More →
Apple announced on Wednesday that its annual Worldwide Developer Conference will take place from June 11th through June 15th this year in San Francisco, California. The company made tickets available at around 8:30 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, and they were sold out within two hours, likely before most West Coast-based developers even woke up. Tickets are not transferable this year and as such, developers who didn’t manage to secure a ticket don’t have many options. One man, however, found a way around Apple’s restrictions. More →
Following the fall launch of its wildly popular iPhone 4S last year, Apple reportedly plans to return to its summer launch schedule and unveil the next-generation iPhone 5 during its annual Worldwide Developer Conference in June. DigiTimes relayed the claim, which cited a Daiwa Securities analyst when it first appeared in Chinese-language newspaper Commercial Times on Thursday. The continued use of glass-to-glass touch panel technology in the iPhone 5 is the only other detail noted in the report. Apple’s next-generation iPhone is expected to feature a completely redesigned case that utilizes a unibody aluminum architecture much like Apple’s iPad. The handset will also supposedly feature a larger display that measures approximately 4 inches diagonally. BGR reported in December that the new iPhone would feature a new aluminum case and a redesigned antenna system, but our source indicated that a launch would not take place until the fall. More →
As 2012 approaches, we thought it would be fun to look back on 2011 one last time and share our biggest stories of the year with you. Here they are in order, from our post popular post of the year to our tenth most popular post:
- Open letter to BlackBerry bosses: Senior RIM exec tells all as company crumbles around him
- BlackBerry Messenger will launch on Android and iOS
- Samsung Galaxy Nexus full specs revealed; Verizon Wireless exclusive
- BlackBerry Dakota gets pictured; the touch and type BlackBerry you’ve been waiting for
- Google’s first Ice Cream Sandwich phone to be manufactured by Samsung, possibly dubbed ‘Nexus Prime’
- Live from Apple’s WWDC 2011 keynote with Steve Jobs
- Apple testing iPhone for T-Mobile USA
- Google Nexus 4G detailed – 720p display, 4G LTE, Android 4.0
- BlackBerry Bold 9900 review
- Inside RIM: An exclusive look at the rise and fall of the company that made smartphones smart
Have a great and safe New Year.
According to Apple’s new MobileMe transition FAQ page, users will be able to access their iCloud services from the web. Specifically, the site says:
Will I be able to access iCloud services on the web?
Yes. Web access to iCloud Mail, Contacts, Calendar, and Find My iPhone will be available at icloud.com this fall.
The FAQ also details some other issues that MobileMe users may be concerned about as their accounts are moved to iCloud. Apple says that photos, apps, music, and books do not count against the 5GB of free storage that comes with iCloud, and users will be able to buy more at a later time. It’s unclear how much additional space will cost, but Apple says it will explain more in the fall. As you’re likely aware, iCloud was announced during WWDC as a replacement for MobileMe. It will automatically store content across all of your devices and keep your mail, contacts, and calendar in sync across all devices. Users will simply need to sign into a new device to pull in all of their settings, photos, and more. More →