After a witty intro by Siri herself, Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage in San Francisco to welcome developers and announce new stuff. Cook had a lot to say about the success of the app program, with 30 billion downloads of 650,000 distinct apps worldwide.
Once Cook rattled off the specs, they played a video about the success of apps, from one that a blind man built to help seeing-impaired people get around, to the successful Airbnb, a place for couch surfers to find homes away from home, to a speech therapy tool for iPad that’s helping a little girl learn how to communicate. It may be marketing, but parts are truly touching. Needless to say, the developers applauded profusely.
“We would like to thank everyone in the developer community for the incredible apps that you’ve done for us,” says Cook.
Next, global marketing VP Phil Schiller announced updates to the MacBook line. The MacBook Air gets 3rd-gen Core chips, up to 2GHz dual-core i7. It also gets storage up to 512 GB Flash storage, with 2x read speed. And it gets USB 3.0 and a 720p camera. The new models start shipping today.
The 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros get Ivy Bridge processors, a new-generation GeForce graphics card and USB 3.0, while the prices stay the same.
But the big news is the “next generation” MacBook Pro, which is about as thin as a MacBook Air, with a 15-inch “retina display” of 2880 x 1800 pixels. It’s ridiculously gorgeous and thin.
iOS 6 for iPhone and iPad
Following Mountain Lion, SVP of iOS software Scott Forstall took the stage to unveil iOS 6, something that had been somewhat confirmed, but without any details.
First on his agenda was Siri: “In eight months, Siri has been studying up and learning a lot,” says Forstall. Now, in iOS 6, you can ask score of last Giants game, even batting average of a given player, team standings. Impressive (if it works in my house).
Forstall: “Who is taller, Lebron or Kobe?” Siri: “Lebron James appears to be slightly taller.”
In addition to sports, Siri does more with restaurant details, and is partnered with Yelp for reviews and OpenTable for reservations. Yes, you can make dinner reservations with Siri.
For movies, Rotten Tomatoes reviews are integrated, and you can tap inside Siri to watch trailers.
Best of all, Siri can now launch apps.
New driving mode for Siri: “Eyes free,” says Forstall. Button on steering wheel of some car manufacturers including GM, Toyota, Honda, Land Rover, Audi, Mercedes Benz and BMW.
Siri will also speak 15 languages including Korean, Italian, Mandarin and Cantonese.
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