Apple Posts WWDC 2012 Session Videos for Developers

Just four days after the conclusion of Apple’s 2012 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco, CA, Apple has now posted the full set of WWDC session videos for developers on its website and iTunes. Going by tweets on Twitter, it seems this maybe the fastest ever Apple has made these videos available. In order to access the videos, you must have a registered Apple Developer account. A registered Apple Developer account is available for free.

Apple used to charge several hundred of dollars for these videos, but removed the charged in 2010 as the company restructured its developer programs to lower the cost of entry.

There are over 100 session videos available. The videos are extremely helpful to those who are interested in developer for OS X and iOS. The quick availability for videos is also helpful for developers who were unable to attend WWDC due to the quick sell out of tickets this year.

Apple Announces iOS 6 with Over 200 New Features

During the WWDC 2012 keynote, Apple revealed iOS 6 with over 200 new features for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. iOS 6 will offer new functionality for Siri, Facebook integration, a brand new Maps app, Share Photo Streams via iCloud, and more.

Apple revealed that iOS 6 will add several new functionalities to Siri. In iOS 6, Siri will be able to provide sports scores and schedules, make restaurant reservations via OpenTable, find local movie listings and even launch apps. The virtual assistant will also debut in new languages including Spanish, Italian, and French.

Another really nice feature that was introduced in iOS 6 was Facebook integration. It is very similar to the current Twitter integration in iOS 5 with a system wide log in and the option to quickly post from apps. Also, contacts can be updated automatically using information gathered from Facebook. Third-party developers will also be able to add functionality with a public API.

Do Not Disturb model was also added which allows users to schedule when notifications should not cause any sounds or visual alerts. In addition, the Phone.app also received new options that will allow users to reply with a text message or prompt a reminder to return a call later when an incoming call arrives.

Share Photo Streams were also introduced which lets users easily share photos with selected family and friends. The share photos can be viewed by other iOS devices,  iPhoto and Aperture on a Mac, or on the web or through an Apple TV.

Passbook was also introduced. It is an app that will combine payment cards and electronic tickets. Also, movie tickets purchased through Fandango can be redeemed through the app. I think with the introduction of Passbook it shows where Apple is headed with mobile payments, and it seems that they have cracked mobile payments. A new API will offer developers access to Passbook.

iOS 6 will be compatible with the iPhone 3GS and later, 2nd-generation iPad and later, and the 4th-generation iPod touch and will be available in the fall. A beta has been made available to developers today.

Let’s get this straight. A three year device will still be getting the latest version of iOS! 80 percent of Apple’s customers are now using iOS 5. Now when you compare that to Android’s less than seven percent on 4.0, that’s absurd. Android 4.0 was released around the same time as iOS 5.

Eat your heart out, Android owners.

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Apple Updates Mac Pro

Earlier today, Apple announced some incredible new updates to its MacBook Pro and MacBook Air line of Macs during the WWDC 2012 keynote. However, they didn’t mention anything regarding the Mac Pro. The company has also quietly updated the Mac Pro via its website. The new Mac Pro has received a long awaited update, and the desktop now features Intel’s Xeon E5 processor.

The standard configuration 12-core Mac Pro offers two 2.4 gigahertz 6-core Intel Xeon E5645 processors and 12 megabytes of fully shared L3 cache per processor. The 12-core model starts at $3,799 with 12 gigabytes of memory, a 1-terabyte hard drive and ATI Radeon HD 5770 graphics with 1 gigabyte of GDDR5 memory.

The quad core Mac Pro offers one 3.2 gigahertz quad-core Intel Xeon processor and 6 gigabytes of memory. It also features a 1-terabyte hard drive and ATI Radeon HD 5770 with 1 gigabyte of GDDR5 for $2,499. A Mac Pro server configuration is also available and features a 3.2 gigahertz quad-core Intel Xeon processor and 8 gigabytes of RAM standard. $500 more and it offers two 1-terabyte hard drives, the ATI Radeon HD 5770 with 1 gigabyte of GDDR5 RAM, and it comes installed with OS X Lion Server.

Apple Launches New Maps App in iOS 6, Includes Turn-by-turn Navigation, and More

Today, Apple introduced a new Maps application in iOS 6 that will replace Google Maps as the default mapping application on the iPhone and iPad. The company is building its own real time traffic service and mapping is crowd sourced. It was designed by Apple from the scratch and everything was developed in-house. The entire new app looks incredible.

Maps logo iOS 6 

In the Maps app, turn by turn directions are provided, which will work with Siri. In addition, local search listing with 100 million business listings from around the world will be provided. Yelp is also integrated into the new Maps app and a 3D mapping feature called “Flyover”. Maps.app will ship with iOS 6 later this fall.

Google must be terrified right now and navigation apps are probably having a bad day. Good riddance, really.

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Apple to Launch New App Usage Tracking Tools for Developers to Balance User Privacy

WWDC 2012 is this Monday and speculation is running wild. Last year, Apple announced that it would not allow developer to access UDIDs. UDIDs are the unique iOS device identifiers that allowed developers and advertisers to track usage of their content and also in some cases helped track users’ movements across apps and browsing sessions. Then earlier this year, Apple started to reject apps that continued to use the UDID over other tracking methods that would enhance privacy by remaining unique to the developer’s app.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple is preparing to release new tools to assist developers with tracking usage of their apps without using the UDID. These tools will help maintain user privacy while still making it easy for developers to gather usage data on their apps.

The report also says that Apple has been inconsistent about blocking apps that use the UDID for tracking purposes. WSJ also reports that the new tools will provide developers with ways to collect important data anonymously without being linked to the UDID. Other details regarding the tools have yet to be revealed, but the company is expected to share more information next week at WWDC 2012.

New Part Numbers Reveal Apple to Refresh Most of Mac Lineup at WWDC

It seems that ahead of WWDC 2012, information regarding the new Macs just don’t stop leaking. Today, AppleInsider has posted a  full list of 27 new part numbers said to be on their way to resellers in Australia. 13 of those numbers are listed as “standalone kits”, which would suggest that they are accessories. The 14 other numbers listed on the list would suggest that they are new Mac models.

9to5Mac has posted a full list of parts and prices along with their speculation on new models matching up with the parts. MacRumors speculates that part number MC414 appears to be priced under AU$1000. The next batch of part numbers includes a pair of “D2″ machines with prices above AU$2000 and AU$3000, and these parts may represent new 15-inch MacBook Pro models. Recent rumors have suggested that the MacBook Pro will receive a significant upgrade, with a slimmer form factor.

Also, the two pairs of model numbers at J30 and J31 maybe update iMacs, with the three lowest models being priced in the AU$1000-AU$1999 range and the top end model coming in above AU$2000. iMacs have also been rumored to receive the Retina display.

 

 

WWDC 2012 Banners Go Up at Moscone

Apple has started to put up the first banner for the company’s 2012 Worldwide Developers Conference, which takes place next week at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, CA. The tagline on the banners is “Where great ideas go on to do great things.” So mysterious, Apple.

WWDC 2012 Banner

Apple will kick off the annual conference next Monday with a keynote at 10 AM Pacific. The official conference schedule was published last week, but a lot more than usual sessions were marked as “To Be Announced.”

Nobody really knows what is going to be announced during the keynote, but rumors suggest revelation of iOS 6 and new Macs. Apple is also expected to announce a new maps application for iOS. It is reported that Apple will ditch Google Maps in iOS 6. Also, Facebook integration may be added in iOS 6.

MacRumors also notes that the banners feature an assortment of app icons and the same colorful squares that make up the Apple logo on the WWDC 2012 invitation.

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WSJ: Apple to abandon Google Maps on iOS later this year

A few months ago, it was reported that Apple will drop Google Maps in iOS 6, which would be a major blow to the company. Now, The Wall Street Journal reemphasizes that Apple will indeed abandon Google Maps in iOS later this year. Present and former Apple employees have revealed this to the publication. Apple would instead “release a new mapping app that runs Apple’s own technology,” the report said.

One source also suggested that Apple may show off the new Maps.app at WWDC 2012 next week in San Francisco, CA. Apple is also reportedly looking to convince third-party application developers to implement its technology into their apps.

WSJ’s report also revealed that Apple planning to ditch Google Maps has been in the works for years, and due to the rapid rise of Android sales, it is believed to have quickened the pace of the company’s plans.

Apple had previously hinted at the change when it went on a buying spree and bought a series of Mapping companies including – Placebase, an online mapping company; C3 Technologies, a mapping company that offers Photorealistic 3D maps; and Poly9, a Canadian 3D mapping startup. In fact, Apple may even make use of C3 Technologies’ 3D maps technology.

Also, earlier this year, it was revealed that Apple wasn’t using Google Maps in iPhoto for iOS, but instead using OpenStreetMap and other services to generate map data.

 

Rumor: Apple to Update Nearly Entire Mac Lineup at WWDC 2012

It seems that 9to5Mac has somehow been able to get their hands on the announcements for next week. Even though they may turn out to be true, it should be noted that it is all *speculation* until Apple confirms it. Now, 9to5Mac reports that Apple will update nearly all of its Mac products at next weeks Worldwide Developers Conference. The report suggests that Apple will update “at least four” out the company’s five Mac families.

Recent rumors have suggested that the MacBook Pro will receive a significant upgrade, with a slimmer form factor. Apple’s iMac lineup and MacBook Air lineup are also probably going to receive an update. The report also suggests that the MacBook Airs and MacBook Pro will offer the Retina display. iMacs have also been rumored to receive the Retina display.

9to5Mac also says that the Mac Mini will also receive an update and possibly the Mac Pro too. The report also suggests that Apple may also introduce new and updated accessories along with the new Macs.

Sounds like next week is going to be expensive.

iOS 6 to Bring Systemwide Facebook Integration

WWDC 2012 is about a week away, and the rumors just don’t stop showing up. TechCrunch reports that iOS 6 will include system-level integration of Facebook, which would be similar to the Twitter integration added in iOS 5 last year. In fact, just a few days ago, Apple CEO Tim Cook hinted at Facebook integration and Siri improvements at the D10 Conference.

TechCrunch also says that Apple and Facebook are still working on how sharing items to Facebook will work, due to the varying levels of permissions on Facebook posts. The report also says that the Apple has been known to change its mind in the past, but as of right now Facebook integration in iOS 6 is a given. I really wouldn’t be surprised if Apple added this in iOS 6 though.

After much speculation, Facebook integration will indeed be baked into the latest version of iOS, we’ve learned. […]

To be clear, Twitter will still very much be a part of the new iOS (presumably named “iOS 6″ and codenamed “Sundance“), and that company will be holding sessions at WWDC to chat more about the continued partnership (including the integration into the forthcoming OS X Mountain Lion). But Facebook integration will be very important for iOS — tons of apps use Facebook for sign-ups and authentication (many use Facebook as the only way to do this, to the dismay of some). Apple was undoubtedly watching this activity and realized that it was time to formally bring Facebook on board.

iOS 6 is expected to be unveiled at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference later this month.