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Apple’s Unofficial WWDC 2012 Theme: Independence

Apple’s Unofficial WWDC 2012 Theme: Independence

The madness has been and gone: Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference 2012 begins in earnest today, but the opening keynote has already seen Apple show one of its key strengths in the industry. WWDC is a very different scene from the other high profile events we've come to expect on Apple's calendar. Unlike the iPod, iPhone and iPad launches, and the impromptu Mac revelations, the keynote isn't a stand-alone moment but the gateway to a week of what Apple arguably does best: blend hardware and software together.

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Apple WWDC 2012 Keynote Round-Up

Apple WWDC 2012 Keynote Round-Up

Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference 2012 has started off with a bang with no less than a brand new MacBook Pro 2012 line with Retina display, iOS 6, and several secret updates to hardware now live in the Apple Store online. This event has released a whole wave of updates in the Apple universe and to help you keep them all straight, we've got a guide which lies here below. This guide will show you what you'll be getting on your current-wave hardware for software upgrades and will also inform you on what it will mean to upgrade to the newest hardware this summer!

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Apple AirPort Express updated with dual-band Wi-fi

Apple AirPort Express updated with dual-band Wi-fi

This week Apple has revealed several devices, like the AirPort Express that have been updated in stealth - that for Apple meaning that they weren't included with the keynote at the start of the day at WWDC 2012. This event has already revealed a new MacBook Pro range, iOS 6, and Apple's own Maps application, and now it's time to come back to the data connection with the AirPort Express for $99 today.

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Apple introduces “Guided Access” for iOS 6 to disable parts of the UI

Apple introduces “Guided Access” for iOS 6 to disable parts of the UI

Apple is hitting it hard with iOS 6 that is for sure, but we have another impressive new feature here to briefly talk about. That is Guided Access. Apple mentioned how wide the adoption has been for iOS devices, for everyone in the world including the blind and more. Guided Access in iOS 6 will bring their devices to more users in multiple ways, and even help you stop your kids from accidentally deleting emails by disabling parts of the OS user interface.

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Apple may replace Google with Baidu for Chinese iOS

Apple may replace Google with Baidu for Chinese iOS

New sources from Bloomberg are confirming rumors that Apple may be replacing Google with Baidu for the Chinese version of iOS. The sources say that the announcement could come as soon as next week, when Apple will be hosting its annual WWDC event. The move adds to the notion that Apple is trying to reduce its dependence on Google products, following reports that Apple may replace Google Maps with its own in-house mapping service.

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Apple and Google set to battle over mobile mapping

Apple and Google set to battle over mobile mapping

Back in 2007 when the Apple iPhone debuted, Google and Apple were happily working together in the mapping services market. The iPhone used Google Maps technology to provide users with the location of businesses and other details while Apple pushed a lot of traffic through Google servers and to Google search. As the iPhone became more and more popular and Google unveiled its Android operating system, the cooperation started to sour between the two firms.

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Google holding Maps event on June 6th

Google holding Maps event on June 6th

There’s been a lot of speculation regarding Apple’s move to a new mapping system in iOS 6, with the company tipped to drop Google Maps in favor of its own mapping acquisitions, especially with C3 Technologies. We’ll probably find out more at WWDC, but Google has just announced that it’s holding a Google Maps event on June 6th that will present "the next dimension of Google Maps.”

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Expect these three things at Apple’s WWDC 2012 Keynote

Expect these three things at Apple’s WWDC 2012 Keynote

On the 11th of June at 10AM PST, we'll be liveblogging the Apple WWDC 2012 official keynote, but before we get there, we've got some educated hypothesizing to do. First we must decide if its possible that Apple would release one or several new devices or device refreshes at that event. Next, we've got to assess how important it is that Apple push forward with new software in this ever-changing mobile-minded world of ours. Finally, we've got to set the stage for the event itself - gotta get prepped!

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Mockup shows potential design for iOS 6 maps

Mockup shows potential design for iOS 6 maps

Details emerged earlier this month about Apple’s plans to overhaul the Maps application for iOS. Cupertino is said to be ditchong Google Maps in favor of its own internal offering, put together using the various mapping company acquisitions it's made over the past several years. BGR claims to have some new images of the maps that will be used in iOS 6, and has created a very rough mockup of what to expect from the redesigned Maps application.

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