Whether you did or didn’t make it to WWDC 2012 this year, Apple’s published 113 videos covering developer sessions across iOS and OS X, which you’ll want to check out if you’d like a refresher or need to get in the know on how to best build and optimize your applications for iOS 6 and Mountain Lion. Developers can watch the sessions online in the developer hub, or the videos can be downloaded in HD from iTunes.
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Apple: “New” Mac Pro Is No Longer New
As noticed by @setteBIT earlier today, Apple appears to have changed its mind in regards to putting a “New” label on its online Store next to the “new” Mac Pro that was silently updated yesterday. As shown in the screenshot above, only the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro lines are now indicated as “New” (recently updated) to customers; yesterday, as MacRumors points out and we noticed prior to writing about the update, Apple had decided to put a New tag next to Mac Pro in spite of its minimal hardware changes.
It’s not just about the wild rumors that had been circulating ahead of WWDC — the “new” Mac Pro really isn’t much of an upgrade after two years. As Marco Arment wrote:
After two years, the Mac Pro was “updated” today, sort of: now we can choose slightly faster two-year-old CPUs at the top end, and the other two-year-old CPU options are cheaper now. That’s about it.
No Xeon E5 CPUs, no USB 3, no Thunderbolt. They’re even shipping the same two-year-old graphics cards. Same motherboard, slightly different CPU options from 2010. That’s it.
Below, a comparison image we posted yesterday to compare the “new” Mac Pro to the “old” Mac Pro.
Official Mac Pro specs are available here.
Yesterday’s WWDC keynote was packed with new information on Apple’s latest product releases. From updates to its notebook lineup to new developer seeds of Mountain Lion and iOS 6, Apple delivered to the goods to a rightfully excited Moscone West audience, as well as the entire Apple community online — and in the process, it also refreshed its online Store with quite a few “stealth updates” that, however, didn’t go unnoticed.
In this post, we have collected some miscellaneous tidbits and interesting links that we missed or only briefly mentioned in our coverage of the event. (more…)
Taking the stage at WWDC, Apple’s head of mobile software Scott Forstall kicked off his iOS 6 presentation noting how, with over 365 million iOS devices sold through March, Apple’s mobile software is doing very well in the market. The latest publicly available version, iOS 5, has been installed on over 80% of available devices. Released in October 2011, iOS 5 has seen exceptional adoption: over 140 million iMessage users have sent over 150 billion iMessages to date, making it over 1 billion on average every day. Directly integrated into iOS 5, Twitter saw a 3x growth increase, with over 10 billion tweets sent from iOS 5. The numbers go on and on.
There’s no denying on Apple’s part that iOS 5 has been a success for developers, the companies involved, and, ultimately, the users. iOS 6, previewed and released to developers as beta today, is a major new release that, with over 200 new features, will take iOS devices in “entirely new directions”.
Jump past the break for our complete overview of the next major release of iOS, shipping this Fall. (more…)
Apple Posts WWDC 2012 Keynote Video
Apple has posted a video for its WWDC 2012 Keynote that took place in San Francisco earlier today. The video can be streamed here, and a higher quality version should be made available in a few hours through iTunes. The video appears to have issues with Google Chrome on OS X, returning an “available shortly” message that won’t start a streaming session; it appears to be working fine on Safari for iOS and OS X.
Download: (Update: now available)
Also, here’s a recap of our ongoing coverage for today’s event:
• The 2012 Apple Design Award Winners
• Aperture and iPhoto Libraries Now Unified in Retina Display Update
• The Stealth Updates: New AirPort Express, New iPad Smart Case, Updated USB SuperDrive, and More!
• Apple Silently Updates The Mac Pro
• Mountain Lion is Coming Next Month: Here’s What We Know
• The Next Generation MacBook Pro: Retina Display, Thinner Design, And More
• Apple Updates MacBook Pro Lineup: Ivy Bridge, USB 3, New Kepler GT650M, and More
• Apple Announces New MacBook Airs: Ivy Bridge, USB 3, and More
We will post additional news on the site’s homepage, or tweet as @MacStoriesNet throughout the day.
The Apple Design Awards have come to pass, recognizing outstanding achievement and excellence for well designed, state of the art, and innovative applications. This year’s ADAs at Moscone West during the opening day of WWDC 2012 will recognize and award developers for both iOS and OS X applications. Starting with student applications, Apple will showcase the best Mac, iPhone, and iPad applications and award developers with a cache of prizes. Developers, if chosen, will take home a special ADA lanyard, a new MacBook Air, a new iPad, an iPod touch, and the infamous ADA cube trophy. For the full list of 2011 ADA winners, check out our previous coverage here.
2012 ADA Winners:
- Jetpack Joyride by Halfbrick Studios
- National Parks by National Geographic (Review)
- Where’s my Water? by Disney
Touching on two very important photo editing updates today, Apple has released Aperture 3.3 and iPhoto 9.3, specifically targeting the MacBook Pro with Retina display. In this update, Aperture and iPhoto will now share the same libraries — this means that you can import images into iPhoto from your iPhone 4S, then edit specific images later in Aperture without having to import or duplicate images. The unified library should make life much easier for photographers wanting to get the most out of their images.
WWDC 2012 is being good to us this year, bringing us new MacBook Airs, MacBook Pros, a brand new MacBook Pro with Retina Display, an updated Mac Pro, and major software updates with Mountain Lion and iOS 6. While we couldn’t ask for anything more under the tree, we still have plenty of unmentioned stocking stuffers to go through, such as a brand new AirPort Express, a completely new iPad Smart Case, an updated Apple USB SuperDrive, and some other goodies including a Thunderbolt to Ethernet adapter and some new MagSafes.
While presenting new MacBook Pro models with Retina display as their main stage act, Apple silently upgraded their Mac Pro line, which waited for an update for two years now. The basic model now features a 3.2 GHz Quad-Core Xeon processor, 6GB of RAM, with the rest of the specs remaining the same, priced at $2499, just like the old model.
Apple discontinued the 8-Core model. The new 12-Core model features two 2.4GHz 6-Core Xeons, twice as much RAM (12GB), with the rest of the specs remaining the same as well. Due to the slightly less powerful processor, Apple managed to immensely drop the price from $4999 to just $3799 for this new high-end Mac Pro model.
The Mac Pro Server with OS X Lion Server also got a small update: for the same $2999 price it now features a 3.2 GHz Quad-Core Xeon instead of a 2.8GHz model.
Check out a comparison with the old Mac Pro below.