The New MacBook
iOS6 wasn’t the only announcement made at the WWDC. Details of its next Mac operating system called Mountain Lion and their new MacBook Pro with a retina display were also mentioned.
Starting with their new Mac Operating system, it shares many of the features with iOS6. In fact there are around 200 new features ranging from iCloud, messaging to intergration and notifications. I love how Apple is connected with each of its devices, even though I don’t have near enough money to own a Mac and iPad, I can imagine how good it would be to always stay connected and have everything in one place but across multiple devices. iCloud is how they have achieved this, it keeps your mail, calendars, contacts, reminders, documents, notes and more up to date wherever you use them. So when you add or edit something on your Mac it also happens on your iPad/iPhone. One of the new features I’m excited about even though I don’t have a Mac is the ability to use iMessage, which lets you message other apple users and for example if you were talking to someone via your Mac, you’ll be able to pick up where you left off on your iPhone.
Like iOS devices the Notification Center seen on the iPhone and iPad is now on the Mac and again will appear the same across all your devices. The sharing capability seen on mobile devices is now coming to Macs, you’ll be able tweet things, mail them and later this year be able to post them to your Facebook wall.
The MacBook Pro is quite ground-breaking but at a price. Costing £1,799 for the 2.3GHz version and £2,299 for the 2.6GHz version which includes a retina display, twice the storage (512GB) and both at thickness of 1.8cm. It keeps very cool, unlike the new iPad which users complained ran much hotter, the MacBook Pro barely gets lukewarm. Supports 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0 (backwards compatible), Thunderbolt ports, headphone jack and a single HDMI output. The front camera used for FaceTime and Skype captures in 720p but apparently looks a bit degraded on its own retina display. It has a 15.4” backlit LED screen and a high resolution of 2880 x 1800 (220ppi). Battery life is poor, using it for web use only gives up to 7 hours and when using it for more demanding tasks can give as little as 5 hours which is all to do with its resolution. Now its performance on the other hand is outstanding. Both quad core Intel i7 processors and 8GB of memory can open programs within milliseconds as well as its Intel HD Graphics 4000 and Nvidia GeForce GT 650M can play demanding games with ease.