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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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".
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.