Apple held its annual World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco on Tuesday, and the Macworld Australia team was in the office at 3am, hooked up to IV drips of coffee to cover the event. Here are the highlights:
Apple overhauled its laptop range, launching new, cheaper MacBook Air models, updating the MacBook Pro line and unveiling a MacBook Pro 15in model with a ultra-high-definition Retina display.
Apple senior vice president for iOS software Scott Forstall told the developers and press in attendance at WWDC that iOS 6 – to be launched in the northern ‘fall’, which means about September – includes 200 new features. These include Facebook integration, a Do Not Disturb feature and VIP support in Mail.
Apple had plenty to say about Siri, its voice-driven personal assistant, during the company’s keynote. Not only will Siri be vastly improved in iOS 6, it will also be coming to the iPad and to cars from GM, BMW, Mercedes, Land Rover, Jaguar, Audio, Toyota, Chrysler and Honda.
In his keynote speech the Apple CEO delivered some amazing numbers, including the facts that 30 billion apps have been downloaded from the App Store, and that Apple has written cheques for over US$5 billion to developers – and that’s after taking its 30 percent cut of all App Store sales