Apple Unveils New Macbook Pro, Announces iOS 6 Coming This Fall
Apple has officially unveiled the new MacBook Pro during WWDC 2012, which includes a 15.4-inch Retina display, an impressive 220 pixels per inch, and measures only 0.71 inches thick, making it the smallest and lightest of any MacBook Pro yet, by 25%.
The Retina technology is the same that Apple currently features on the iPhone and iPad, and the computer also includes updates to its Aperture photo-editing software, as well as the video-editing software, Final Cut Pro X, which photographers, videographers, and video editors are sure to be excited about.
The new MacBook Pro also includes quad-core processors, up to 2.7GHz, two thunderbolt ports, a backlit keyboard, multitouch trackpad, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 support. CNet reports that the device can support up to 16GB of 1,600Mhz RAM, and can also support up to 768GB of Flash storage. Its battery can survive for an impressive 7 hours on a single charge.
Finally, before upgrades, the MacBook Pro comes with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB hard drive, with base pricing at $2,199. USA Today reports that Apple also unveiled new versions of the MacBook Air, including faster processing chips and lower prices, with the base 11-inch screen having a $100 price drop to $999.
Mac OSx Mountain Lion will make its debut on the App Store in July for $19.99 and features voice dictation, although there was no word on the new operating system being integrated with Siri. USA Today reports that iOS 6 will be released this fall as an update for the iPhone 3GS and newer.
Apple announced on Monday that the new iOS will have 200 new features, including enhancements to Siri, allowing the talking assistant to be available on the iPad. It will also be able to talk about sports scores and player statistics. Apple will also be dumping Google Maps in favor for its own service, which features turn-by-turn directions, with large graphics and traffic information.
The new MacBook Pro and Air are available in stores and for shipping on Monday. There was no word on the release of the highly anticipated iPhone 5.