Apple just announced final details for OS X Mountain Lion during its WWDC 2012 keynote. First, the ship date. Mountain Lion will be available eclusively from the Mac App Store in July. Second, the price. Mountain Lion will be the cheapest OS X update in history, selling for just $19.99. Users running Lion or Snow Leopard will be able to upgrade to Mountain Lion using the Mac App Store starting next month.
You know that Retina display MacBook Pro we've been waiting for? Apple just announced it during its WWDC 2012 keynote. The next-generation MacBook Pro drops a bunch of legacy features in order to make room for future technology, as evidenced by the specs. First up, the Retina display. The next-generation MacBook Pro has a 15.4-inch 2800 x 1800 resolution display, the densest display to ship on any notebook to date. That makes it 220 ppi. The computer weighs less than 4.5 pounds, making it the lightest MacBook Pro ever.
Inside you get a quad-core Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, up to 16 GB RAM, and the NVIDIA Kepler GeForce GT 650m GPU. Gone is the HDD, replaced by flash storage similar to what you'd find in the MacBook Air, and you can go up to 768GB (although we'd bet that would be awfully expensive.) The Ethernet port is also gone, but there are plenty of other ports to take its place: USB 3.0, HDMI, two ThunderBolt ports, SD card slot, and a MagSafe 2 connector. On the inside you get 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. A backlit keyboard and multi-touch trackpad round things out.
The next-generation MacBook Pro ships today, and starts at $2199 for a unit that packs in a 2.3 GHz quad-core i7 processor, 8GB RAM, and 256GB storage. Buy it direct from the Apple Store online.
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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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9to5Mac continues with the new Mac leaks this morning, this time with "reliable sources" revealing the specs on the long-awaited Mac Pro refresh. Here's what they're expecting to see later today:
Normal configuration: 3.2GHz quad-core processor, 6GB of RAM, 1TB hard drive, and the ATI Radeon 5770 graphics chip.
Normal configuration: 2.4GHz 12-core processor, 12GB of RAM, 1TB hard drive, and the ATI Radeon 5770 graphics chip.
Server configuration: 3.2GHz quad-core processor, 8GB of RAM, Two 1TB hard drives
This will be the first update to the Mac Pro line in almost two years, coming in two standard configurations, as well as a server config as well. No news yet on if the chassis will be redesigned or not.
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13.3 inch: 2.5GHz dual core processor, 4GB of RAM, 500GB hard drive
13.3 inch: 2.9GHz dual core processor, 8GB of RAM, 750GB hard drive
15.4 inch: 2.3GHz quad core processor, 4GB of RAM, 500GB hard drive
15.4 inch: 2.6GHz quad core processor, 8GB of RAM, 750GB hard drive (BTO upgrades to 2.7GHz quad core and 1TB HD will be available)
None of these are the Retina display model, so we are guessing that Apple will have three tiers of MacBook beginning today: MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and the Retina display MacBook Pro.
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Apple appears ready to kick off its annual Back to School promo, continuing where it left off last year by offering a $100 iTunes Store gift card with the purchase of a new Mac computer. Additionally, and for the first time, student who purchase an iPad during the promotion will also receive a gift card--this one for $50. The credit is good towards anything you can buy or rent on iTunes, the App Store, the iBookstore, and the Mac App Store. We expect a bunch of new Mac hardware to be announced later this morning during the WWDC 2012 keynote.
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WWDC 2012 kicks off in a little over an hour, highlighted by an Apple keynote that's sure to bring forth details of iOS 6, Mountain Lion, and new Mac hardware. When we are expecting new Macs, we can also expect the Apple Store to go down prior to the announcement. As you can see by the image above, step one is complete, and the Apple Store will be inaccessible until after the keynote.