Apple Announces Next Generation MacBooks and Updates Mobile Operating System
Apple announced an array of new software and hardware today, including a slimmed down MacBook Pro and a new version of its mobile operating system, iOS 6, that includes multiple new features including three-dimensional mapping software
The new MacBook Pro is 0.71 inches (1.8 cm) thick, and weighs 4.46 pounds (2.02 kg). The computer’s 15” “retina” display has what Apple contends is the highest resolution for a notebook computer in the world. The computer is the lightest MacBook Pro yet and is almost as thin as a MacBook Air.
In addition, the new MacBook Pro has a faster processor and video card and a battery that lasts up to seven hours on a full charge. It also takes advantage of flash storage to allow for speeds four times faster than standard notebook computer hard drives. Pricing for the new MacBook Pros begins at $2,199, and they are available for purchase now.
Apple also updated its MacBook Air and standard (non-Retina display) MacBook Pros, adding faster video cards and processors to them, as well as new cameras and built-to-order configurations.
Apple’s latest mobile operating system, iOS 6, was also previewed today. Among its features is a completely redesigned Maps app (Apple will no longer use Google Maps by default) with turn-by-turn directions and Flyover, a 3D navigation mode. iOS 6 will also endow Siri with more features, including the abilities to look up information about sports, movies, and restaurants.
The new operating system will include greater integration with Facebook, and over 200 other new features, such as support for FaceTime calls over mobile networks and updates to the Safari browser. iOS 6 will be available free for Apple’s iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, new iPad, iPad 2, and fourth generation iPod touch this fall.