Summary of WWDC 2012 keynote: MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Retina Display MacBook Pro, Mountain Lion and iOS 6


Tim Cook and his team just ended WWDC 2012 keynote. We have filtered the noises of live blogs, these are all you need to read to save you some precious time:

  • WWDC 2012 is the 23rd WWDC, the longest running developer conference.
  • App Store now has over 400 million accounts. All with credit cards and one-click buying. Over 30 billion app downloads. Over $5 billion paid out to developers. App Store now available in total 155 countries.
  • MacBook Air update: Ivy Bridge processors, up to 2GHz dual-core i7, turbo-boost up to 3.2GHz, up to 8GB 1600MHz RAM, 60% faster graphics with Intel HD 4000, up to 512GB flash storage, 2 USB3 ports, 720p FaceTime HD camera, Thunderbolt port, 1366×768 display and 5 hour battery for 11 inch model, 1440×900 display and 7 hour battery for 13 inch model. 
  • MacBook Pro update: Ivy Bridge processors, up to 2.7GHz quad-core i7, turbo-boost up to 3.7GHz, up to 8GB 1600MHz RAM, 2 USB3 ports, Thunderbolt port, 7 hour battery.
  • MacBook Pro 13 inch: Integrated graphics with Intel HD 4000, 1280×800 display. 
  • MacBook Pro 15 inch: NVIDIA GT650M Kepler GPU with up to 1GB video memory, 1440×900 display.
  • New MacBook Pro with Retina Display: 15.4 inch display with 2880×1800 retina display at 220ppi density, 0.71 inch thin (1/4 thinner than current MacBook Pro), up to 2.7GHz quad-core i7 Ivy Bridge processor, up to 16MB RAM, NVIDIA GT650M Kepler GPU, 768GB flash storage, 7 hours battery life, SD port, HDMI, 2 USB3 ports, Thunderbolt port.
  • Native OS X apps, Aperture, Final Cut Pro updated to take advantage of retina display in new MacBook Pro. Photoshop and AutoCAD updates for retina display coming.
  • MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and the new retina display MacBook Pro shipping today.
  • New in Mountain Lion: iMessage app, Reminder app, Notes app, dictation, Share Sheet, Safari browsing history and bookmarks sync, Notification Center, AirPlay mirroring, Game Center, support for China Internet services.  
  • For new MacBook Pro and 2nd generation MacBook Air and above: OS X Mountain Lion is able to update and sync itself while offline.
  • Mountain Lion to ship next month for $19.99. Free upgrade if you buy a Mac from today. Developers to get near release build today.
  • iOS 6 has more than 200 new features.
  • iOS 6 Siri: improved Siri with more info on sports, restaurants and movies. Ability to launch app e.g. “Play Temple Run”; integration with BMW, GM, Mercedes, Land Rover, Jaguar, Audi, Toyota, Chrysler and Honda with a button on steering wheel; New languages: Spanish, Italian, French, German, Korean, Mandarin and Cantonese; Local search available around the world; Will be available on the new iPad (exclude iPad 1 and iPad 2).
  • iOS 6 Facebook integration: similar to Twitter integration; post pics from Photos, sites from Safari, locations from Maps; ability to like apps on App Store; contact sync with Facebook; coming to Mac as well.
  • iOS 6 Phone app: new control for incoming call with options to “Reply with Message”, “Remind Me Later”; “Do Not Disturb” settings; ability to filter calls by callers.
  • iOS 6 FaceTime: will work over cellular network.
  • iOS 6 Safari: new Tabs feature that sync to iCloud; Offline reading list will download and cache the article for reading; smart app banner inform user if a site has an equivalent app in App Store; fullscreen browsing while at landscape mode; faster JavaScript engine, app in Safari search.
  • iOS 6 PhotoStream: ability to shared photos with friends and family, with push notification and comments.
  • iOS 6 VIP: mark a person as VIP, their message will be highlighted on lock screen, email will have a star icon, and will be stored in a new VIP folder.
  • iOS 6 Mail app: easier to insert photos and videos when composing; can open protected Office documents; pull to refresh; per account email signatures.
  • iOS 6 will include a new Passbook app to keep your passes (Fandango, Giants tickets, United Airline) and cards (Starbucks, Apple Store) info. When you’re near let say a Starbuck, Starbuck pass will appear on lock screen.
  • iOS 6 Guided Access include single-app mode to keep student exiting from a test app for example. 
  • iOS 6 includes all new Maps app. World-wide maps with local search info, over 100 million business listings, Yelp integration, traffic info, turn-by-turn navigation, integrated with Siri, 3D views.
  • Other iOS 6 improvements: challenges in Game Center, redesigned Stores apps, HDR improvements, alarm with songs, lost mode, improved privacy control, voiceover improvements.
  • New iOS 6 API for developers: Pass Kit, Reminders, Map Kit, Auto Layout, improved In-App purchase, action sheet, video stabilization, transit apps, camera focus and exposure control.
  • iOS 6 available this fall, beta version release today for developers. For iPhone 3GS and above, iPad 2 and above and iPod touch 4th generation and above. iPad 1 and iPod touch 3rd generation are the two missing devices to be supported compared with iOS 5.