WWDC Highlights (Snow Leopard, Safari 4, iPhone 3GS/OS 3.0) [Extensive list]

Monday, June 8, 2009 14:07

The opening WWDC keynote has just finished up and boy was it a doozy. There will be no fancy puns or clever plays on words. Just pictures and descriptions. The list is extensive, bring your pillow and blanket. Don’t forget your drool cup either. Maybe, just maybe even some Prozac…(you’ll find out why right inside.)

The first up on the list of announcements at WWDC comes by way of new 15″ MacBook Pros. Didn’t they recently get updated to the “unibody” style. Yes they did. Are you complaining about another update?

13″ MacBook Pro

  • 13″ MacBook *Pro* (now added to MacBook Pro line) gets better battery life, faster processors, up to 8GB of RAM and now a Firewire 800 port!
  • Prices for the 13″ MacBook Pro start at $1199

15″ MacBook Pro

  • Same non-removable battery as 17″ MacBook Pro
  • New battery offers up to 7 hours of cord free runtime and up to 1000 discharge/recharge cycles
  • Express card slot is now replaced with a more useful SD card slot (Finally!)
  • New lower $1699 price point
  • Up to 3.06Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo processor/8 GB RAM
  • 500GB/250GB of traditional/SSD hard drive storage capacities
  • The three new price points for 15″ MacBook Pros are as follows: $1699 (2.53GHZ/4GB RAM), $1999 (2.66GHz/4GB RAM/320GB HD), $2299 (2.8GHz/4GB RAM/500GB HD)

17″ MacBook Pro

  • 17″ MacBook Pro also receives a cut to $2499 starting price

Snow Leopard

  • Snow Leopard ushers in true 64bit computing with unlimited (16 billion GB) support for RAM!
  • All major Snow Leopard applications will run in 64-bit
  • Open CL and Grand Central debut in Snow Leopard - Open CL now an open standard with wide industry support
  • Exchange support now included in Mail, Contacts, and Calendar. Personal data is integrated yet separate from Exchange data. Easy drag/drop event creation from Address book to calendar.
  • Expose part II: “…click and hold on an app and it automatically zooms out your active windows…”
  • Snow Leopard installs 45% faster, half of disk space recovered - 6GB of space savings!
  • Handwriting recognition added for the trackpad
  • New drag and drop navigation methods via stacks
  • Snow Leopard: $29 (single) $49 (family) for all current Leopard users *jaw drops* - available this September. Developer preview available today

Safari 4

  • Safari 4 officially launches today for Leopard, Tiger, and Windows…without the beta tag
  • Plugin crashes now seperate from actual tabs and windows, keep browsing even after plugin crashes with a simple refresh of the page
  • Greatly improved speed in Safari 4 as well as thumbnail history and full Spotlight search support

iPhoneOS 3.0

  • 29 carriers to support MMS with iPhone OS 3.0 release….AT&T won’t be ready for iPhone 3.0 MMS support until the end of the summer = EPIC FUCKING FAIL!
  • cut/copy/paste, spotlight search, shake to undo, landscape support in mail, sms/mms, etc.
  • Rent and purchase movies straight from your iPhone
  • Parental Controls
  • Tethering (Macs & PC’s over USB and Bluetooth) support for 22 “business partners” in 44 countries….AT&T not mentioned (surprise surprise)….audience giving crickets a chance to speak….BS!
  • Mobile Safari gets new features such as: 3 times faster Javascript performance, support for HTTP audio and video streaming, auto fill, HTML 5 support.
  • “Find my iPhone” - lost iPhone recovery system that works through MobileMe. Send an audio signal regardless if the iPhone is in vibrate mode or not. Remote wipe is now also supported with “Find my iPhone” services.
  • over 1,000 new API’s available to devs
  • Apps can now talk to 3rd party hardware
  • New racing game from Gameloft: Asphalt. Players can choose between 27 licensed cars, 4 bikes, including cars from Ferrari and Audi among others. Media player access in game means you pick your own tunes! Advanced lighting effects, worldwide online multiplayer with voice chat, and 99-cents content pack upgrades also included.
  • Airstrip Technologies (Cameron Powell) debuts their Medical app. With this medical app, you can be alerted as to when a patient’s vitals and lab tests are out of balance. Doctors can view said information and then access the records. The app can even access real-time waveform data with blood pressure and pulse rate. Real time data can be played over and over in order to get a good grasp of the task and situation at hand.
  • Scrollmotion (Josh Koppel) shows off his new E-book seller which is basically a new in-app bookstore. Inside you’ll have over 50 different magazines to choose from as well as 170 daily papers, and over 1 million books. Purchased books are download directly to the app on the phone. Readers can copy and paste directly from the text within the app (citations.)
  • TomTom *finally* bringing full fledged GPS w/ turn-by-turn directions to iPhone
  • Zip Car app introduced that finds you, nearby Zip Cars, and even allows you to unlock the doors…(Cool!)
  • OS 3.0 upgrade free for iPhone users, $9.95 for iPod Touch users. Available June 17th.

iPhone 3GS

  • Everything Most navigating around iPhone 3.0 and iPhone 3GS is “2x faster compared to iPhone 3G
  • 7.2 Mbps HSDPA
  • 3 megapixel (that’s it…?) auto-focus/auto white balance camera
  • “Tap to focus” feature means just that. Tap on the screen where you want the phone to focus and bam - smooth crisp pictures.
  • Maco pictures as close as 10cm
  • Video Capture now *officially* supported
  • Edit captured video “with the tap of a finger”.
  • Email videos as MMS messages…(that is of course assuming you don’t have the ball sack carrier of the world…AT&T)
  • Voice Control - hold home button down to get a new screen allowing you to speak whatever your hearts content to your iPhone. Ask what song iTunes is playing as well as request the next song.
  • Digital compass - tap map application twice to orient the map into the direction that you are facing. (Neat!)
  • Nike+ now built in to all new iPhone 3GS’s
  • Hardware encryption (also iPhone 3GS only)
  • Battery Life: Up to 5 hours 3G talk time/9 hours WiFI web browsing.
  • 23% smaller packaging *hug a tree*
  • Pricing and Storage: 16GB/$199 32GB/$299
  • Colors: Black and White only
  • “Price Drop”: iPhone 3G to stay on the market at new $99 price point (starts NOW!)
  • Availability: iPhone 3GS available “a week and a half from today” - June 19th. Over 80 countries to have iPhone 3GS by August 2009

**Pictures property of Engadget**

Source: Engadget

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