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Apple WWDC 2012 Impressions

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apple-logo.pngThis year’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference yielded so many news items that I dreaded writing up a round-up post of it. So instead I’ll send you over to Tested’s round up of Mountain Lion & iOS 6 and Apple’s own website for the new MacBook Pro.

MacBook Pro w/ Retina Display

A new line of Macbook Pros — both classic and Retina enabled — got the party started. The specifications are incredible. It’s as I envisioned it would be — a pure flash experience packed with the latest I/O ports and a kick ass display. I didn’t expect Apple to only debut a 15″ version though. It makes sense considering the potential manufacturing constraints of a the new screen and thin profile, but I would have liked to have seen a cheaper 13″ version. Perhaps next year?

The starting $2229 CAD price tag is hefty. Is it unreasonable? Perhaps not. Not when I examine the tech and craftsmanship crammed into that unibody.

Mountain Lion

$19.99 to upgrade all the Macs in my home? At what point do you give us these things for free, Apple?

iOS 6

Selfishly I only really care about Siri for iPad, the new Maps app and a handful of other features that they went over. I’m a fan of Siri — even if when she fumbles things up. So to see Siri integrated with sports and deeper into iOS guts pleases me.

Apple’s Maps application seems very complete for their first iteration. They finally included turn-by-turn navigation and even got Siri in there as well. I hope it all works as advertised because Google needs that kind of competition. After all, their maps have fallen behind in quality compared to other solutions like Bing Maps. But what can Bing Maps do to Google Maps? It takes someone like Apple to smack the search giant into action.

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