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Highlights from Apple's developer's conference



bl_macbookpro.jpgApple announced a few new products and upgrades at the Worldwide Developers Conference Monday in San Francisco, including the new MacBook Pro with high- definition screens, as well as features for the software that powers its iPhone and iPad. Here's a look at some highlights:

Facebook integration: Apple is building the social network into its iPhone and iPad software. Users will be able to update their Facebook status by talking to their phones and "like" movies and apps in the iTunes store.

Siri:Apple's voice-command application will add new languages. It will be able to launch applications and movies, and will run on the new iPads. You can Tweet by talking with "Eyes Free" while you're driving. Some car manufacturers will place a button on the steering wheel to bring up Siri.

iOS6: Apple says the new software, iOS 6, will launch this fall. It updates the software annually, usually coinciding with the release of a new iPhone.

Maps: No more Google Maps. IOS 6 will use Apple's own Maps applications, which will include real-time traffic reports, turn-by-turn navigation, and "Flyover" aerial images.

New OS: A new version of the operating system for the Mac is Mountain Lion, which will go so sale in July for $20. The update brings features from Apple's phone and tablet software, like the iMessage texting application, to the Mac.

Dictation: Mac users will be able to input text by talking to the computer, in any program. This is already a feature of Microsoft Corp.'s competing Windows software.

New MacBook Pro: Apple showed off an improved MacBook Pro laptop -- only 0.7 inches thick and 4.46 pounds -- with a super-high resolution "Retina" display, with an extremely shart 2,880x1,800 pixel density. The new MacBook Pro will have a 15-inch screen and four times the resolution of previous models. The new MacBook will cost $2,199 and up, $400 more than the non-Retina MacBook with the same-sized screen.

Other MacBooks: Apple's other MacBooks are being updated with the latest processors from Intel Corp. MacBook Air starts at $999, and the MacBook Pro starts at $1,199.

Times staff and wires

[Last modified: Tuesday, June 12, 2012 11:33am]


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