Apple has revealed the new MacBook Air line during its WWDC 2012 keynote. The refreshed notebooks will feature Ivy Bridge processors that go up to 2.0GHz with the dual-core i7, and Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz. The 11-inch model starts at $999 and includes a 1.7 GHz processor, 4GB RAM, and 64GB flash storage. For $100 more you double storage to 128GB. This is a bit cheaper than it was just a few hours ago. The 13-inch model gets a 1.8GHz dual-core i5 processor, 4GB RAM, and 128GB flash storage for $1199. $300 more gets you 256GB storage. There are options for more storage and more RAM as well. All models now ship with USB 3.0 as well. The new MacBook Air ships today, and you can order it from the Apple Store.
In addition to the announcement that there have been over 30 billion App Store downloads, Apple has also announced a couple of other stats during its WWDC 2012 keynote. First, there are over 650,000 apps available for download, with 225,000 of them specifically written for the iPad. Apple made sure to mention that this is compared to just a few hundred that are available for Android and other competing tablets. Also, there are now over 400 million iTunes accounts with credit cards and one-click buying affiliated with them. Lastly, App Store sales have resulted in over $5 billion being paid out to developers. This is definitely a force to be reckoned with.
During the WWDC 2012 keynote, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced a major milestone for the App Store--there has now been over 30 billion apps downloaded by iOS users to date. The App Store launched just four years ago, just says prior to the launch of the iPhone 3G in 2008.
Tim Cook is set to take the stage for the WWDC 2012 keynote to reveal iOS 6, Mountain Lion, new Macs, and possibly more. Apple will surely make the video available later today for all, but if you want some hints as to what he'll be talking about this morning, check out his interview from the D10 conference. Tim talked with Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher for over an hour about Apple products and strategies, and leaves some interesting hints by what he says--and what he doesn't say. Full video after the break.
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iOS 6 and Mountain Lion are now on the horizon, as we should expect full details on both during the WWDC 2012 keynote. We’ve got our calendar cleared for Monday June 11 at 10:00am PDT, which is when the keynote kicks off, and we’ll be bringing you the details as they happen.
As part of his Joe Paterno eulogy, Phil Knight recounts a discussion he had with Apple CEO Tim Cook regarding the death of Steve Jobs. It's a candid glimpse into the friendship shared by Cook and Jobs.
We could be wrong, but today's Apple Q1 2012 earnings call may have been the first time that the company has revealed any tangible sales figures for the Apple TV. According to CEO Tim Cook, Apple sold a record-breaking 1.4 million Apple TV units last quarter, which is exactly half of the 2.8 million units that it sold in the entire prior fiscal year. As expected, Cook wouldn't comment on the rumors of the imminent release of a bona fide Apple TV set. We're sure it's in the pipeline, but don't expect Apple to say anything on the record until it's ready to be shown off to the world.
During its Q1 2012 earnings call where Apple announced a record-breaking holiday quarter, CEO Tim Cook also announced that there are now 85 million iCloud accounts. What's impressive there is that iCloud is just three months old, coming in as a replacement for the aging MobileMe, so that's a tremendously positive number as it pertains to user adoption. In fact, that 85 million number is 50 million more than iPhone 4S units sold.
This afternoon, Apple announced that it has posted a record-breaking holiday quarter for fiscal Q1 2012, led by massive sales of iPhone, iPad, and Mac computers. In a nutshell, the company made a ton of cash, selling over 37 million iPhones, 15,430,000 iPads, 5,200,000 Macs, and 15,400,000 iPods. Full release after the jump.