Tickets to the 2012 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), hosted by Apple, sold out in two hours.
It happened faster than last year, when it took eight hours and prices reached more than $4,000. In 2010, the tickets were available for eight days before selling out. 2012 is the 23rd WWDC.
Though Internet speculation was that Tim Cook would announce the new iPhone at WWDC, he did not. Instead, Cook and a group of other Apple executives detailed upgraded notebooks, the next version of MacOS X called Mountain Lion, and iOS 6. The multi-person approach to the keynote was a change from Steve Job's WWDC opening speeches that he traditionally made with fewer Apple employees involved.
Phil Schiller took the lead in introducing new notebook hardware. Apple will be releasing the Macbook Air and Macbook Pro both with USB 3 capable ports that can also connect with USB 2 cables. Both will have Intel Ivy Bridge processors and quicker integrated graphics than the current generation of Apple notebooks. Both offer seven or more hours of runtime on the batteries, provided by new asymmetric batteries.
The Macbook Air will have 512GB of flash storage. The Macbook Pro will be 0.71 inches thick and 4.46 pounds. It will have 768 GB of flash storage and a Retina display.
Craig Federighi announced that Mac has 66 million users, triple the number of users five years ago. There have been 26 million copies of Lion shipped.
Mountain Lion's changes from Lion were detailed by Federighi. Built-in support through programs like Messages, Reminders, and Notes will allow content to be shared on all devices almost instantaneously. He changed a document on his phone that updated only five seconds later on a new MacBook. While Mountain Lion won't include Siri, it is getting dictation that allows a user to dictate text into any box, even if it's within a third-party app. It will also have a new system of alerts. Mountain Lion will be out in July and costs $19.99. It is not being shipped with the new laptops.
iOS 6 was also announced; it has 200 new features. Passbook, a new app, will manage passes, cards, and tickets on Apple devices. There's also a “Do Not Disturb” feature in iOS 6 that silences all notifications and keeps the device from lighting up when they're received. Face Time is making the leap to mobile devices. Photo Stream will help users share photos with certain contacts across Apple devices. New mapping software will provide iOS users with turn-by-turn directions, flyover views, and crowdsourced traffic information.
Siri has also been updated. Now the personal assistant can launch apps and has more knowledge of sports, weather and entertainment. The program is also available on the iPad now.
WWDC continues until June 15.
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