Our summary of the most relevant news at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference keynote today:
• The MacBook Pro 17″ is dead.
• The (13″ and 15″) MacBook Pro line has been updated. Some models include a 1280 x 800 pixels retina display (220 pixels per inch), Ivy Bridge processor and thinner designs (some models are as thin as the MacBook Air). The best “new” feature in my opinion is the USB 3.0, which is TEN times faster than USB 2.0.
• The 13″ MacBook Pro gets a dual-core processor.
• The 15″ gets a quad-core processor, and a GeForce GT650Mgraphics card. It will take up to 16GB of RAM, has HDMI, two USB 3.0 ports (compatible with USB 2.0), two Thunderbolt ports, and the same SD card reader as before.
• The MacBook Air has a USB 3.0 and bigger SSD drive (up to 512GB) which is not big enough for many professionals on the road.
• After two years waiting digital retouchers, video editors, motion graphic artists, and anyone using a MacBook got a minor update; a speed bump and increases in RAM. The storage and video specs as well as USB 2.0 ports instead of USB 3.0, or Thunderbolt remain the same. Interestingly, the Mac Pro wasn’t even mentioned during the WWDC event, which makes me believe that this will be the last Mac Pro we see.
Nothing new, unfortunately. I am in the market for a new video editing station, and the lack of a new iMac is pushing me strongly towards an HP.
OS X Mountain Lion
• OS X Mountain Lion is shipping next month, and will cost $19.99. Upgrades are free for those that buy a Mac today.
• OS X Lion already integrates with Apple’s iCloud service. Another army enters the Cloud War.
• Several new apps including Messages, Reminders, and Notes.
• There’s a new Safari which now syncs all your Apple devices. I need a lot more than this to switch from Chrome and/or Firefox.