WWDC 2012

SlashGear 101: Retina MacBook Pro or MacBook Air?

SlashGear 101: Retina MacBook Pro or MacBook Air?

You couldn't move this past week for talk on Apple's new hardware for WWDC, with the main attention centering on the MacBook Pro with Retina Display and the 2012 MacBook Air. Both citing portability as key to their ethos, and both grabbing Intel's newest third-generation Core processors to back that up with power, each makes a compelling case to be included in your briefcase or bag. But which new notebook is the tastiest Apple for you? Read on for everything you need to know.

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MacBook Air 13-inch Review (mid-2012)

MacBook Air 13-inch Review (mid-2012)

Apple's MacBook Air may have fallen into the shadow of the new MacBook Pro with Retina Display at their WWDC 2012 launch this past week, but the updated ultraportable has plenty going for it. A proven design favorite, and undoubtedly the inspiration for a legion of Windows-powered ultrabooks, the MacBook Air now gets a fresh batch of processors in the shape of Intel's latest Ivy Bridge chips, along with a general refresh to the spec sheet. Is that enough to keep the MacBook Air at the top of the ultraportable tree? Read on for the full SlashGear review.

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MacBook Pro with Retina Display review (mid-2012)

MacBook Pro with Retina Display review (mid-2012)

Faced with one of the most news-packed WWDC keynotes so far, it takes a very special product to stand out but the MacBook Pro with Retina Display managed it. Apple's collective interpretation of what a "next generation" pro-level notebook should be, the new model introduces the first design change in several iterations and marks the debut of Retina screen technology on a Mac. There's no questioning the specifications, but with prices starting from $2,199 - a $400 premium over the regular MacBook Pro, which stays on sale alongside - is the MacBook Pro with Retina Display too rich for the market? Read on for the full SlashGear review.

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WWDC 2012 keynote highlights hit 80-second video

WWDC 2012 keynote highlights hit 80-second video

If you're the kind of person who loves CliffsNotes for all your reading activities and also want to see everything Apple showed off this week at WWDC 2012's main keynote, there's an 80 second version of the video for you right here. Courtesy of Michał Cichecki from UpsterTV we've got a video that's no longer than 80 seconds of quick-cut video from the official Apple release of the WWDC 2012 keynote from yesterday. You'll see everything from the next generation MacBook Pro with Retina display down to the race car driver stepping on stage to assure you that Apple's deeply invested in the gaming universe.

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The Three iOS 6 Gems Android Needs to Steal

The Three iOS 6 Gems Android Needs to Steal

This week Apple revealed iOS 6 in preview form at WWDC 2012, complete with a set of 10 features either brand new or refreshed for the future iPhone and current-era iPad. This operating system has not had many drastic changes made to it in several years, but what it has gotten this time around is several updates and completely new features that would work just fabulously for our Android devices right now. Let's have a peek at three iOS 6 upgrades we've seen this week that would be just perfect for a future version of Google's mobile OS.

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Mountain Lion’s Secret Weapon

Mountain Lion’s Secret Weapon

This week Apple brought a bit more detail to the eventual full release of their next big desktop software version OS X Mountain Lion, and one feature continues to present itself as the real hero. This feature is of course known as Notification Center. While this sort of functionality began its life in the Apple universe on the iPhone, it has come to the desktop in what might be the best form its been in yet. Here lies the connection between all of your desktop applications and functionality, accessed by you with great ease.

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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 and TomTom sign Maps deal

Apple and TomTom sign Maps deal

Apple unveiled its custom Maps application yesterday that will debut with iOS 6 when the update launches this Fall. Rumors in the past indicated that Apple would be building up its own mapping system based on the acquisition of several mapping companies, including C3 Technologies. Cupertino has also made use of OpenStreetMap in the past in Photos for iOS, but what about the new Maps? TomTom has now confirmed that Apple has licensed its maps, along with other content.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: June 11, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: June 11, 2012

Happy Monday, everyone. We just wrapped up the video game bonanza last week that was E3, and now it's time for yet another major convention - Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference. We'll get right down to it - Apple WWDC 2012 keynote video available now. Among the major announcements today - iTunes updated to 10.6.3 with iOD 6 compatibility. There were some stories that didn't fall into Apple's wheelhouse today, like - Diablo III down-time portends real money Auction House launch.

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MacBook Pro 2012 15-inch with Retina Display Hands-on

MacBook Pro 2012 15-inch with Retina Display Hands-on

Apple may have had a jam-packed WWDC 2012 keynote, but the star of the show was undoubtedly the new MacBook Pro with Retina Display. Kept behind glass in its first public showing, that didn't stop us digging up a review unit of our own for some playtime. We've been waiting a long time for a significant reworking of the Pro range, and this new model is more than just a pixel-packed screen.

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