Apple WWDC Announcements
A little over a week ago, Apple made quite the splash with the following announcements (and some direct availability) of new products. Some of these include:
- An updated MacBook Air and MacBook Pro line
- The all-new Next-Generation MacBook Pro
- The impending release of OS X Mountain Lion
- iOS 6 and all its goodness for the iOS platform
Let’s talk a little about each…
Apple MacBooks & the Next Generation MacBook Pro
The updated MacBook Air and MacBook Pro were not the biggest part of the announcement last week. Really, they are minor speed bumps with some new enhancements (for example, USB3.0 support). The big announcement was the Next Generation MacBook Pro! Wow. This is a monster of a release. Apple really decided to take a foothold in the ultra-powerful yet incredibly light notebook market by delivering this computer. The specs are pretty incredible:
- The device weighs about 4.6 lbs.
- It has the latest and fastest Intel Quad-Core processors
- No more DVD drive
- USB3.0 and Thunderbolt connectivity
- But the biggest item: the new Retina Display (2880×1800 resolution)
To highlight the resolution, here are some screenshots (there is quite a difference):
OS X Mountain Lion
With the release of Apple‘s new OS, we can expect to see a real “finishing of the job” from OS X Lion. What does that mean? More congruency with the iOS Platform (naming of Apps, features and more). Apple has done a fine job of defining the features on their site. The best part of this release for both the client and server is the price: $19.99 for each. That is an amazing achievement and will definitely help the purse strings for those looking to upgrade. Of course, we’ll provide a real analysis of the cost in a future post.
However, from what we have seen so far OS X Mountain Lion will be a real improvement in stability and simplicity for users of the Apple platform. Some of the key business features we see include:
- Improved Apple Mail with VIP support (smart email system for your most important contacts)
- Dictation. Yes, you can now speak to your Mac and it will handle your tasks (or text) with ease.
- In case you were wondering, we are guessing that this is part of Siri coming to the Mac.
- GateKeeper. More secure app management – meaning – you won’t run apps that aren’t truly secure and come from a known/good source.
Apple iOS 6
Finally, we have the latest operating system for the iPad and the iPhone. There are many, many new features. Of which we’ll highlight the most important:
- All new Maps. Yes, buh-bye to Google Maps.
- Do Not Disturb. Imagine, airplane mode for when you don’t want to take calls, yet you can still receive emails.
- Passbook. All of your itineraries and mileage plans in one convenient App.
- Facebook everywhere. Yes, we just can’t get enough sharing.
There is much more, although most of the features are consumer based. We’ll wait and see what new features are specific to business as more details from Apple is released.
We see many of these new releases from Apple as being a real improvement for business. And, when the new software (Mountain Lion, iOS6) is ready, Blacktip will gladly be there to help you update your systems. Feel free to contact us to discuss your options.