WWDC Apple unveils new MacBook and operating system

Google map app gets dumped too

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2012 WWDC
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2012 WWDC

Apple’s 2012 Worldwide Developers Conference, WWDC, was the forum for the tech giant to unveil its new MacBook Pro and slew of other advancements to their already stellar OS.

The MacBook Pro at the WWDC received a total transformation from the original version. The new laptop promise a battery like of nearly seven hours, weighs less than 4.5 pounds and is as thin and elegant as the MacBook Air. The redesigned MacBook Pro also features a super-high-resolution display- the same on the iPhone or iPad.

"The products we make combined with the apps that you create, can fundamentally change the world," said Apple CEO Tim Cook near the end of the keynote. "Really, I can't think of a better reason to get up in the morning."

During the WWDC, Apple pointed out that the screen has a display of 1080i; in fact, the resolution is so sharp that Apple had to revamp its OSX.

Prices for the new Mac start at @2,199 for a 2.3 GHZ quad-core i7 CPU and 256GB of memory on the flash SSD. The re-engineered MacBook Pro is available in stores today

WWDC also showed the world OS X Mountain Lion, which will be available in July for $19.99. The new OS has over 200 new features, including iCloud integration, Power Nap and iMessage, which will replace iChat.

The new iOS 6 also received a few tweaks reports execs at the WWDC. Siri will be added into the update and available on the third-generation iPad. Apple also dumped Google’s map app in favor of their own. The new map app allows users to turn-by-turn driving and walking directions.

"Google was already dealing a nicer version of maps to Android than it was to iOS -- a good reason for buyers to pick Android -- so Apple [did this] to compensate for that as well as to not make themselves vulnerable to Google's whim," analysts Erza Gottheil said.

There is also a new function called “Do Not Disturb,” which lets users block phone calls during certain hours of the day.

This year’s WWDC showed the world Apple’s newly designed MacBook pro. WWDC also introduced the work to OS X Mountain Lion and iOS 6.

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