Tag Archive | WWDC 2012

Apple releases iTunes 10.6.3, featuring support for iOS 6

Following a flurry of announcements today at WWDC, Apple has released a new update to iTunes (v 10.6.3), which is available to download now via this link.

At the moment, iTunes 10.6.3 is not yet available through the standard Software Update method on Macs, though it should be soon.

Note that, contrary to the deep 3rd-party social integrations that iOS (and soon Mountain Lion) has gained as of late, Ping is still alive. Still, following Tim Cook’s comments at the ATD Conference, the social failure can’t possibly have much of a future ahead of itself.

When asked if he would kill off the music-based social network, Cook said “some customers love it, but there’s not a huge number that do, so will we kill it? I don’t know. I’ll look at it.”

thankyou hero Apple releases iTunes 10.6.3, featuring support for iOS 6

iCloud Floats a New Feature Set

Apple unveiled the latest iCloud iteration at today’s WWDC, beefing up the the fledgling service with a bevy of new features. Here’s what’s new.

The Notes, Reminders, and Documents will be available on Mountain Lion through iCloud. Notes and Reminders, already mainstays on Apple iOS devices, will make the jump to the desktop while the new Documents integration feature will sync your personal documents (obviously) across all your devices, mobile and desktop. Notes will support both images and links and can be opened across multiple windows. Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Preview, Text Edit—the company’s core app suite—will also all be made available across the entire Apple ecosystem.

Safari is also getting in on the action with the iCloud Tab. Click the cloud button on the toolbar to pop up a list of open tab’s on your other devices. So, if you forget to bookmark a site before you leave the house, you can simply open the iCloud tab and grab it from your phone, pretty handy.

Apple integrates Facebook into iOS 6, App Store, Macs

The string of iOS 6 updates has brought one of the more heavily requested social networking features: Facebook integration. You can share from core apps like Maps, Photos and Safari, but it’s woven even more deeply than Twitter was in iOS 5: you can use Siri to make your commands, and there’s now a public API for Facebook so that other apps can do the same. The App Store gets its own share of integration, with app recommendations based on what friends are using, and contact syncing now makes sure your social network is all lined up. Best of all, the Facebook integration is coming to Macs as well — so you’ll have a consistent experience no matter what device you’re on.

Apple teases Eyes Free, Siri car integration

Apple’s VP of iOS Software Scott Forstall just demoed Eyes Free, Siri’s new vehicle integration. The feature is being framed as a safety booster, letting you tap a steering wheel-mounted button to toggle Siri on your iOS device, rather than reaching around for your iPhone or iPad and taking precious seconds away from the road. This being Apple, there are already plenty of partners lined up — BMW, GM, Mercedes, Land Rover, Jaguar, Audi, Toyota, Chrysler and Honda are all said to be on board, with Siri support making its way to vehicles within the next 12 months. It’s certainly not the first example ofsmartphone/car integration we’ve seen, but it could soon end up being one of the most widely utilized, despite the years-long head-start competing technologies have enjoyed.

Apple releases Mountain Lion Preview 4 and iOS 6 for developers, iTunes 10.6.3 for everyone else

Looking to tame Apple’s Mountain Lion? Step right up, Cupertino’s latest build of OS X is ready for consumption — assuming you’re a registered developer, of course. Following WWDC’s reveals andteases, Apple has released an updated preview of its desktop and mobile operating systems, serving up Mountain Lion Preview 4 and an iOS 6 beta to developers. The rest of us will have to console ourselves with iTunes 10.6.3, which adds support for the mobile and desktop OS’ those fancy devs are getting their hands on. Don’t worry, the updated music management software will be able to make full use of Mountain Lion next month, but you’ll have to wait until this fall to sync with iOS 6. Hit the source link below to get your update.

Apple updates Siri with sports stats, help from Yelp and Rotten Tomatoes, expanded local search

As it’s made clear with its recent ads, Apple is betting big on Siri, and the company has just now rolled out it’s first big update to the personal assistant during its WWDC keynote. The service is now able to answer a variety of sports related questions, from scores and stats to game times, and it’s added both Yelp and Rotten Tomatoes to its bag of tricks for dining and movie recommendations. What’s more, Siri will now also let you launch apps if you’re tired of tapping through folders, and Apple is finally expanding Siri’s local search functionality from just the US to no less than 60 difference countries. The other big Siri news is that it’s finally headed to the new iPad, and even to cars via Apple’s new Eyes Free integration, although that is still a bit further off (within the next 12 months is the word).

As it’s made clear with its recent ads, Apple is betting big on Siri, and the company has just now rolled out it’s first big update to the personal assistant during its WWDC keynote. The service is now able to answer a variety of sports related questions, from scores and stats to game times, and it’s added both Yelp and Rotten Tomatoes to its bag of tricks for dining and movie recommendations. What’s more, Siri will now also let you launch apps if you’re tired of tapping through folders, and Apple is finally expanding Siri’s local search functionality from just the US to no less than 60 difference countries. The other big Siri news is that it’s finally headed to the new iPad, and even to cars via Apple’s new Eyes Free integration, although that is still a bit further off (within the next 12 months is the word).

iOS 6 offers Do Not Disturb feature, adds more Zs to your slumber

Ever get annoyed when your sleep is interrupted by a call or message coming into your phone? As we were hoping, iOS 6 is getting the badly needed Do Not Disturb feature we first saw in Mountain Lion last month. The idea is simple: when activated, push notifications will be automatically muted and the screen won’t light up. A whitelist option will be available so you won’t miss important callers; you can also set up the feature so that if a person calls you more than once, the phone will allow the call to come through. This is an exciting option for anyone who is tired of waking up to a notification only to find out it’s their turn in Draw Something.

Apple intros new iPad Smart Case: clever enough to cover both sides, priced at $50

And we’re still not done. A new iPad case has managed to sneak onto the Apple Store’s online shelves, and it’ll protect your precious slab on both the back and front. The Smart Case appears to augment last year’s Smart Cover with an additional (polyurethane hardshell) coating for the back of your iPad. Priced at just under $50, the case fits both second and third-generation iPads and will arrive in six different color options. And yes, you can still get that ever-pressing message engraved onto it too.

[Thanks Nikhil]

100 Retina display iPads sit down at the dinner table…

What if you took 3.1 million pixels, per iPad, and then crammed 100 (or so) of them on a table atWWDC? You’d have a pretty insane, super-connected Retina table. Also, it’d cost at least $50,000 to replicate what you’re seeing. You know — just in case the thought crossed your mind.

Apple rolls out updated Mac Pro lineup with faster processors, not much else

They didn’t warrant a mention during the big keynote, but those patiently waiting for an update to the desktop-bound Mac Pro weren’t left behind by Apple today. The company has quietly updated the line on its website, bringing a rather modest spec bump to the familiar tower. That includes a single 3.2GHz quad-core Xeon processor on the base $2,499 model, which comes paired with 6GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive, and a pair of 2.4GHz six-core processors on the higher-end model, which gets 12GB of RAM as standard and the same 1TB hard drive for $3,799. The $2,999 Mac Pro Server will give you a 3.2GHz quad-core Xeon with 8GB of RAM and a pair of 1TB hard drives. Notably lacking is the addition of Apple’s otherwise standard Thunderbolt ports, or 802.11n WiFi connectivity. You can check out all the options available at the source link below.

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