This week is Apple’s big annual conference, the World Wide Developers Conference — WWDC, taking place in San Fran. It is a cool week because every year, Apple rolls out what they’ve got cooking in terms of new systems, products, apps, and fresh modifications to existing products. Yesterday’s big announcements included the introduction of 3-D maps and makeovers for all of Apple’s new Macs. Brian X. Chen and Nick Wingfield reported for the New York Times,
“Apple on Monday introduced a new version of its mobile operating system for iPhones and iPads that will bring a host of new features, including maps that let users soar over a three-dimensional rendering of a city. The new map software replaces Google data with Apple’s own mapping system, a sign that Apple is further distancing itself from the company that it once considered a close partner. Apple also overhauled its line of Mac computers.
We are so proud of these products, as they’re perfect examples of what Apple does best,” said Timothy D. Cook, Apple’s chief executive, introducing the products on the opening day of the company’s developer conference here — a yearly event where Apple shows off its works-in-progress to entice software developers to continue creating software for its devices. This was the first developer conference that Apple has held since the death of its co-founder and former chief executive, Steven P. Jobs, last October.
Apple updated its ultralight MacBook Air laptop with a faster microprocessor and an improved camera. But it made the boldest changes in its computer line to its high-end laptop computer, the MacBook Pro, which is now one-quarter thinner than the older model and has a high-resolution “retina display” akin to the one on new iPads and iPhones. Apple was able to slim down the laptop, which will start at $2,200 for a model with a 15.4-inch screen, by eliminating its DVD drive and getting rid of its hard drive in favor of a faster kind of storage called flash.”
I’m always impressed by the “next-gen” products that Apple comes out with, and their updates to existing products reflects the changing times and the next strides in technology. Plus I think that this year, Apple really set themselves apart from Google with their new mapping system. Hats off to everyone over at Apple; the company is clearly thriving without its original fearless leader, Steve Jobs, and I’m extremely happy for them.