Tim Cook announced Latest Apple iOS 6

Tim Cook announced Latest Apple iOS 6

Apple has announced upgrade to its MacBook Pro and MacBook Air range of notebook computers with the launch of new models.

It also took the wraps off its next generation operating systems, including Mountain Lion and the popular mobile OS iOS 6, at its 23rd annual developers’ conference WWDC (World Wide Developers Conference).

Earlier, Apple had been rumoured to be getting ready to shelve Macbook Air in some quarters. Instead, Apple made it airy and faster.

The new notebooks will sport a new heart too. The MacBook Air will come with the latest Intelquad core Ivy Bridge processors, faster graphics and flash storage that is up to twice as fast as the previous generation. The presently available 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro have also been updated with the latest Intel quad core Ivy Bridge processors and graphics from Nvidia.

In a bid to take on the new crop of ultrabooks from rivals, the new MacBook Air will also be lighter on the wallet after Apple knocked about $100 on the price tag across all models, except the entry-level model which will continue to be priced at $999.

All models will come packed with much higher resolution, Retina Display and up to 60% faster graphics. The new MacBook Pro, for instance, will come with a pixel density of 2800 X 1800.

Significantly, Apple will take App Stores to 32 new countries. It takes the number of countries where local App Stores are present to 155. There are over 650,000 apps on the App Store and it has seen 30 billion downloads so far. Apple has until now paid a whopping $ 5 billion for the apps to its developers.

Apple also announced that its ninth generation OS X Mountain Lion will be available in July as a download from the Mac App Store.

Apple senior vice president Phil Schiller took centrestage at WWDC to showcase the new notebooks.

The new 15-inch MacBook Pro has Retina display, all flash storage (with this Apple moves away from the hard disks completely) and quad-core processors in a very thin and light frame. Measuring 0.71 inches and weighing 4.46 pounds, the new MacBook Pro will compete with MacBook Air!

MacBook Pro retina display is the world’s highest resolution notebook display with over 5 million pixels, 3 million more than an HD television. At 220 pixels-per-inch, the retina display’s pixel density is so high that Apple claimed “the human eye cannot distinguish individual pixels from a normal viewing distance”, thus making text and graphics look sharper.

Featuring a aluminum unibody design and an all-flash drives for storage, the all-new MacBook Pro is the lightest MacBook Pro ever and nearly as thin as a MacBook Air. Flash storage that is up to four times faster than traditional notebook hard drives enables the new MacBook Pro to play four simultaneous streams of uncompressed 1080p HD video from internal storage. The flash storage architecture also delivers improved reliability, instant-on responsiveness and 30 days of standby time.

MacBook Pro with retina display features the latest Intel Core i7 quad-core processors up to 2.7 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.7 GHz, NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M discrete graphics, up to 16GB of faster 1600 MHz RAM and flash storage up to 768GB. Two Thunderbolt and two USB 3.0 ports allow Pro users to connect to multiple displays and devices, and a new HDMI port for connectivity to HDTVs.

New MacBook Pro also features a FaceTime HD camera, glass multi-touch trackpad, full-size backlit keyboard, dual microphones, enhanced speakers, 3-stream 802.11n Wi-Fi and a thinner MagSafe 2 power port.

Also, OS X Lion, iPhoto, iMovie, iTunes and other Apple apps, including Aperture and Final Cut Pro X, have been updated to take full advantage of the new MacBook Pro with retina display. The updated Aperture 3.3 also includes the new image adjustment features and now supports a unified photo library so photographers can move seamlessly between iPhoto and Aperture.

The new MacBook Pro will come bundled with OS X Lion. Starting Tuesday, all Mac buyers will also get a free copy of OS X Mountain Lion when it becomes available. Mountain Lion introduces new features including the all new Messages app, Notification Center, system-wide Sharing, AirPlay Mirroring, Game Center and the enhanced security of Gatekeeper. With iCloud built into OS X, Mountain Lion makes it easier than ever for multiple Apple device users to keep their content up to date across all devices.

The 15-inch MacBook Pro will come with a 2.3 GHz Intel Core i7 Ivy Bridge processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.3 GHz, 8GB of memory and 256GB of flash storage starting at Rs 1,52,900, including tax. Another model will come with a 2.6 GHz processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.6 GHz, 8GB of memory and 512GB of flash storage starting at Rs 1, 92,900 (all inclusive).

Configure-to-order options include faster quad-core processors up to 2.7 GHz, up to 16GB of memory and flash storage up to 768GB.

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