New & Refreshed Laptops
Mountain Lion Preview
iOS 6 Preview
Yesterday morning over 5000 developers and Apple aficionados gathered in San Francisco for the start of Apple's World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC). The conference traditionally begins with the official Apple keynote presentation, chock full of announcements, and this year was no different.
During the keynote, Apple executives announced new hardware and software. This alert will provide you with the answers to the questions that affect you most. Let's take a look at what was revealed:
New Mac OS and iOS
In addition to the new hardware, Apple released more details about the next generation of Mac OS X operating system:
Dubbed "Mountain Lion", OS X 10.8 is touted has having over 200 new features. It will be available in July, sold as a download for $19. Today's keynote and the information available on Apple's web site has us very excited to sink our claws into this new cat. As soon as Mountain Lion is available, you can be sure we'll be testing it out on various systems and closely watching the web for reactions and impressions.
In the meantime, as always, we're recommending that you take a more conservative approach. The shear number of new features and changes presented by OS X Mountain Lion ensures that there are going to be many ramifications to upgrading.
At this time, as is our usual advice, we recommend that all clients refrain from upgrading to OS X Mountain Lion on their own when it is released
Finally, iOS 6 was discussed at length. This update, expected to be released this Fall, promises many exciting new features and enhancements. Just like Mountain Lion, we'll be keeping a close watch on this release and we will be some of the first adopters when it's available.
We'll keep you updated on our opinion of iOS 6 and when you should update your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.
New MacBook Airs & MacBook Pros:
All the new laptop hardware announced is available for shipping today. If you were waiting to purchase a new portable, now is the time to pick up the latest model.
First the MacBook Air. All MacBook Airs now feature faster processors, faster and larger SSD drives and the new USB 3.0 connection. They're also $100 cheaper than the previous models! They're available with up to 8GB of RAM and up to 512GB SSD drives.
The MacBook Pros also see similar enhancements, with faster processors and USB 3.0.
In addition, Apple released the 15" MacBook Pro with Retina Display. This model features the highest resolution display of any notebook. It also is only available with SSD drive for storage, improving performance, battery life and reducing weight (at 4.46 lbs, it weighs less than the 13" MacBook Pro!).
Any of these systems make a great laptop for everyday use, but the Retina Display MacBook Pro is perfect for designers, photographers or video pros who need a powerful portable workstation. It's important to note that these new systems are using an updated version of the MagSafe power connector - the MagSafe 2 Power Adapter.
More New Hardware
Almost completely lost in the excitement of the other announcements, Apple quietly released a variety of new accessories and minor updates to some of our favorite hardware.
The venerable Mac Pro received a minor speed bump: The $2,499 model now includes an Intel Xeon 3.2GHz quad-core processor and 6GB of RAM, while the $3,799 model includes two Intel Xeon 2.4GHz 6-core processors and 12GB of RAM. All other specifications remain unchanged.
The Airport Express Base Station has a completely new look and now sports simultaneous dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi. Still only $99!
In accessories, there's a new iPad Smart Case for the iPad 2 and third generation iPad. Combining the benefits of the original Smart Cover with full coverage of the back of the iPad, this could be the best cover yet. Apple also released a Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet adapter, enabling recent MacBook Airs to get fast, reliable network connections over ethernet. And since the MagSafe power connection for the new MacBook Airs and Retina Display MacBook Pro has been revised, there is now a new Apple MagSafe to MagSafe 2 Converter to enable you to use your old MagSafe power supply with the new MagSafe 2 laptops.
As always, please remember if you have additional questions, you can always… Call Andy! (or Max & Rob, of course!).