If you just want the highlights without the hype, here are the big takeaways from today's Apple announcements.
Brand new hardware is always a headliner, and Apple has a doozy with their new top-of-the-line MacBook Pro with Retina. Here's what a starting price tag of $2199 will get you:
- Checks in at .71 inches, 4.46 pounds, and has a 15.4-inch Retina display (that's 220 pixels per inch), resolution of 2880 x 1800
- Quad-core processors, 2.3GHz.
- Battery: 7 hours on a single charge
- Connectivity options: USB 3, USB 2, SD card slot, HDMI
- Two Thunderbolt ports
- Backlit keyboard, multitouch trackpad
- 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 support
- 256GB of storage and 8GB of RAM (Supports up to 16GB of 1,600MHz RAM and up to 768GB of Flash storage)
- Ships today
Siri will be available on the latest iPad (3rd generation) and iPhone 4S. New and improved Siri includes:
- Facebook integration, as well as integration with other popular sites like Yelp, Rotten Tomatoes, etc.
- Integration with auto makers (BMW, General Motors, Toyota, Mercedes, Honda, Audi) using new Eyes Free feature
- Better responses for sports-related data
- Can launch apps
- Added languages
Apple's Maps app is new from the ground up, offering a 3D Flyover feature that presents birds-eye views (also satellite views) of searched locations that you can rotate with your fingers. You can also get visual and spoken turn-by-turn navigation and real-time traffic updates.
The new iOS is coming this fall with the aforementioned new Siri and Maps features, along with Passbook (store your loyalty cards, boarding passes, tickets, etc., in one place), Facetime over cellular networks, new features for Phone and Mail, and more.
The new OS, coming in July, will be available as a $19.99 upgrade to Lion and Snow Leopard users.
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