Apple Announces a Whole Suite of New Products at WWDC 2012

The wait is over and the rumors have been debunked. Apple have announced a whole load of new products at their annual WWDC 2012 conference, including updates to the MacBook Air and Pro range, a whole new MacBook Pro, more information on the upcoming release of Mountain Lion and iOS 6.

Apple’s voice-dictation system Siri opened the keynote (with a casual stab at Android and Samsung) and after the usual figures by Tim Cook as well as an insight on how iOS apps are changing people’s lives, Phil Schiller took to the stage for the unveiling.

The world was watching and so were we. Here’s what they announced.

Updated MacBook Airs

The new range of MacBook Airs feature Intel’s new set of Ivy Bridge Processors (Intel Core i5 and i7) as standard, along with a beefed up RAM offering (up to 8 GB is supported), 60% faster graphics and up to 512 GB of flash storage.

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The new MacBook Airs, with Ivy Bridge processors and a bigger RAM offering.

The new MacBook Airs also come with USB 3 support (a much requested feature) and the FaceTime camera has also been updated to take 720p HD video. The display remains the same at 1,388 x 768 pixels and comes with 4 GB of RAM in the standard offering. The new models are available for purchase straight away and start at $999 for the 11-inch model (13-inch starts at $1,199).

Updated MacBook Pros

Just like the MacBook Air range, the MacBook Pros are also receiving the Ivy Bridge treatment, with the new 2.3 GHz and 2.6 GHz quad-core i7 processors coming as standard, with a Turbo Boost of up to 3.7 GHz. There is also a new graphics processor, the GEForce GT 650M by Nvidia, providing up to 1 GB of video memory and USB 3 is also standard on these models as well.

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The updated MacBook Pro range on Apple's website.

There has been no major design changes and the standard MacBook Pro range doesn’t feature that retina display we’ve all been hankering after. Apple have also dropped the 17-inch model as well, presumably due to its bulkiness and price.

And speaking of retina displays…

Next Generation MacBook Pro with Retina Display

Shrouded in black, the new, next-generation MacBook Pro made its introduction and yes, it’s got that retina display we’ve been wanting for so long! Apple is calling it “a new generation of consumer notebook” with a “killer new display” – and it certainly looks like it. The new display measures 15.4 inches across and has a resolution of 2,880 by 1,800 pixels, or 220 pixels per inch – the highest resolution display on a laptop at the moment.

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The entirely new MacBook Pro, with a 220 ppi retina display and thinner form factor.

The glare and reflection has been reduced by 75% on the new display and both Lion as well as the entire fleet of Apple apps have all been updated to take advantage of the new display. Any app that isn’t ready for the new display will be pixel-doubled, meaning that they will look a lot sharper.

And it doesn’t just stop with the display either (which, according to Jony Ive, is a solid piece of glass like on the iPad). The new Pros feature Ivy Bridge processors (i7) up to 2.7 GHz and a whopping 16 GB of RAM. There is also an SD card slot, HDMI support (finally!), USB 3, two Thunderbolt ports and a thinner MagSafe slot, and the casing has been trimmed down to a sleek 0.71 inches, like the MacBook Air.

The new MacBook Pro starts at an eye-watering $2,199 (with a 2.3 GHz quad-core i7 processor, 8 GB of RAM, the new GEForce GT 650M graphics processor and a 256 GB SSD) and is available straight away.

More details about Mountain Lion revealed

Although Mountain Lion was revealed back at the start of this year, Apple has shed some more information about the new upcoming release of OS X, Mountain Lion. We already know that this release is bringing in plenty of features already seen on iOS, such as Messages, Reminders, Notes and a whole new Notification Center (bye, Growl!) but Mountain Lion will feature deeper iCloud integration than Lion, which was a bit patchy at best.

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OS X Mountain Lion will be released in July via the App Store.

All the default Apple apps will have iCloud support built into them as standard (for example Pages, so when you edit a document the changes are pushed across all your Apple devices) and Mountain Lion will also feature dictation in any kind of typing app (including Microsoft Word) – which was spotted in a Developer Preview a couple of weeks back. Safari has also been updated with faster Javascript, iCloud tab sync across all your iOS devices and a unified search bar, just like in Chrome.

There is also an interesting new feature called Power Nap, which essentially backs up and syncs your Mac when its asleep, although this feature is only supported on the second-generation MacBook Air and the new MacBook Pro.

For a more detailed look at Mountain Lion, our stellar writer Jacob Penderworth will be publishing a more in-depth analysis of the new OS X shortly and it will ship in July via the App Store, priced at $19.99 (U.S. pricing only).

iOS 6

We all pretty much had an inkling that Apple would debut its new mobile operating system (especially when images of the iOS 6 banners from inside the Moscone Center were leaked a couple of days ago!) and we were all right. iOS 6 will feature over 200 new features (Apple seem to like that number, don’t they?) and the highlights of this release are deeper Siri integration (including the ability to launch apps, new language support), Facebook integration, an all-new Apple mapping system (with turn-by-turn navigation) and Siri support for the new iPad.

iOS 6

A sneak peak at some of the 200 new features coming up in iOS 6, which will debut this autumn.

iOS 6 will ship “this fall” and will be compatible with the iPhone 3GS and later, the 2nd and 3rd generation iPad and the 4th generation iPod touch.

So….

So readers, you know exactly the question I’m going to ask – what do you think? I’m certainly drooling over that new MacBook Pro (has anyone got a spare $2,199 they want to lend me?) and the new, exciting features in both Mountain Lion and iOS 6 show that Apple really are working miracles in the technology world.

Share all your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below – especially what you think of the new MacBook Air and Pro range and Mountain Lion. Did Apple succumb to your expectations? Or were you left slightly disappointed at the prospect of no retina-display Macs. Get commenting – we’d love to hear all your opinions.


  • Brandon

    Im drooling over the retina MacBook pro too! On a side note does this mean it’s a good idea to buy an iMac now? My employer might buy me one but I thought there might be a new iMac announced today…

    • http://papermail.me Jacob Penderworth

      No, I’d hold off on that until mid-July.

  • Oliver

    If you were going by the ridiculous amounts of rumours that were floating around (New iPhone, Siri API, Apple TV Developer Kit, complete Mac lineup revamp, etc) then it was a disappointing WWDC (To be honest, I never expected any of that anyway. But one must dream…)
    However, the new Macbook Pro Retina is RIDICOLUS (and also RIDICOLUS-ly expensive), the entire lineup of Macbook Pros and Airs is now a complete powerhouse, iOS 6 looks alright, and I can’t wait for Mountain Lion!

    Oh, and I miss Steve Jobs.

  • GalakFyarr

    Apparently I was wrong to assume iPhone 3GS = iPod touch 3rd gen?

    What’s different between these two that a 3rd gen iPod touch can’t run iOS 6?

    • Tim

      That would be 3G, as in the network

      • GalakFyarr

        so the only difference would be that the iPhone 3GS has 3G connectivity? I don’t think that’s enough to explain why it couldn’t run iOS 6.

  • Dennis

    The new retina MacBookPro looks brilliant. But the price point is a little bit too steep considering the previous 15 inch models were a few hundred dollars cheaper. Then again, if I was a graphic designer, photographer, video editor I would buy it without hesitation. Gonna stick with my 13 inch model, it gets the job done.

  • http://www.unetics.org Mitchell Bray

    iMac ? where are you ?

  • http://cissav.com/ Vadim

    New MacBookPro Retina is amazing! However I’m not sure if I need it because at the moment I have iMac’2011 and MacBookAir13’2011.

  • K-10

    All as expected but a few disappointment for no retina in the most sold mac’s yes I m talking about 13″ would they eventually get screen pimped up in this year??

  • Terence

    Well I for one am lamenting the passing of the 17″ MBP, as that is what I use, and I have been holding out for a new one. So the question is, do I scramble and get one now, or get one of the fancy retinas and give up some screen real estate. I do a lot of graphics and CAD work, so the screen real estate is important…so is speed though.

  • Vill

    What about iMac ?got old 24 inch about time to upgrade…

    • GalakFyarr

      it’s a WWDC, they only announce stuff relevant to the developers. A retina display is relevant.

      iMacs usually get updated in the Autumn.

  • Jeremy

    Apple didn’t release iMacs, so, sorry Apple, but i took my cash elsewhere. (Canon Mark ll with tons of extras. 50mm 1.2 L lens, lighting equipment, SD card, batteries, battery grip, etc. :)

    • GalakFyarr

      iMacs get updates around Autumn. Expecting anything different from Apple is like expecting the earth will end in december 2012

  • Mike B

    Another year… another absence of iWork updates. iWork 09 – we really got to know thee.

  • SAWilson

    The new Android features in iOS will be nice. Bout time. The “retina” screens are made by Samsung, so everyone will have them. They really are nice. No Mac Pro update means they’ll lose even more professional video editing to AVID. I’m sure AVID loves that. The new Bing-like maps replacement fixed a problem that didn’t exist. Not sure what the enduser really gained here. Great for Apple fans, but they could have said anything really and it was great for Apple fans. You’d think a company with a 100 billion dollar warchest could deliver more. The important thing is they are delivering good feelings to trendy folks, and in the end that’s what those folks are paying for. The illusion of quality.

  • Gavin

    You have display incorrect information on
    The Mac book air resolution please correct it

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