Recapping What to Expect From iOS 6

Apple is going to take the wraps off the sixth version of its iOS mobile operating system next Monday at the company’s annual WWDC keynote, and it’s going to be extremely exciting.

If you are wondering what to expect, we have created a tidy list that contains most of the features iOS 6 should have for your iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Remember that some of these features are based entirely on rumors and speculation leading up to WWDC 2012.

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Apple to Unveil Entirely New Mac Lineup at WWDC

With just six days until Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), the amount of rumors and speculation has ramped up significantly. The latest word from the rumor mill comes from Mark Gurman for 9to5Mac, who now claims that Apple will update virtually its entire Mac lineup at WWDC 2012.

According to sources, Apple is planning to update at least four out of their five Mac lines at the June 11 WWDC kickoff keynote. Apple’s current Mac lines are the MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac, Mac mini, and Mac Pro.

The report says that the thinner 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, USB 3.0, and faster Ivy Bridge processor will be unveiled at WWDC, while new 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Airs with Retina displays will also be detailed at the event. The iMac is also believed to be getting updated with a crystal clear Retina display and perhaps a brand new industrial redesign, but it is unclear if WWDC will be the venue in which Apple shows off the new iMacs. (more…)

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13.3″ MacBook Pro Specs Leaked

As noted by MacRumors, a member on Chinese forum WeiPhone has posted a leaked photo showing purported specs for the upcoming 13.3-inch MacBook Pro. If these specs are indeed true, the new base model MacBook Pro has a new 2.5GHz dual-core Ivy Bridge processor, Intel HD Graphics 4000 GPU, USB 3.0, and Bluetooth 4.0.

Asides from that, the notebook still has a 1280 x 800 pixels resolution screen instead of a crystal clear Retina display. The leaked photo reveals the same memory, hard drive, and SuperDrive specifications as well, suggesting that Apple has not redesigned the base model MacBook Pro to be thinner. (more…)

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iOS 6 Has These OS X Mountain Lion Features

iOS 6 Has These OS X Mountain Lion Features

Apple’s upcoming release of OS X Mountain Lion takes several features from iOS 5, but also introduces the world to some new features that are also coming to iOS 6. According to trusted sources, iOS 6 will include iCloud Tabs support, Mail VIPs, and a simple, yet handy and so-far praised Notification Center enhancement.

The “do not disturb” toggle lets you hide alerts and banners from Notification Center, iCloud Tabs lets you see which Safari tabs you have open across your iOS devices and Mac, and Mail VIPs places a star next to designated contacts.

 

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Breaking: Siri Coming to iPad in iOS 6

Mock-up design of what Siri for iPad could look like, based on details provided by sources for 9to5Mac

Mark Gurman for 9to5Mac claims that Siri — the same full-fledged feature found on iPhone 4S — is coming to the iPad with the release of iOS 6. Siri for iPad will be the same complete experience that iPhone 4S users have, asides from the phone-related commands, claims Gurman. This includes “music playback, iMessaging, Calendar managing, Reminders, Weather, Maps integration, E-mailing, Notes, Contacts searching, Safari integration, Wolfram-Alpha searching,” and several other tasks.

Come this fall, people will start talking to their iPads. Apple’s breakthrough Siri Assistant, based on an incredible artificial-intelligence system, will no longer be exclusive to users of the popular iPhone 4S. According to trusted sources, one of the tentpole iOS 6 features is Siri support on the iPad. Not just the Voice Dictation brought to the iPad with the third-generation models and iOS 5.1, but the complete Siri voice assistant.

The new iPad with Retina display already has native Siri voice dictation support built-in, but has so far lacked the full Siri experience. Apple has also tested Siri on the iPad 2, but it is unclear if the feature will only be released exclusively for the new third-generation iPad. According to the sources, that appears to be the case. And the original iPad is nowhere to be found in this equation, just in case you might still be using the two-year-old “legacy” tablet. More details after the break. (more…)

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Facebook Integration to be Present Across iOS 6

A mock-up of Facebook integration in the Photos app of iOS 6

On Friday, TechCrunch confirmed that Facebook integration would be present in iOS 6, and now 9to5Mac has provided some further details about what that integration entails. According to the report, Facebook integration in iOS 6 for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad will be similar to the preexisting Twitter integration introduced in iOS 5. The report claims that Facebook integration will be “system-wide,” with its biggest presence being in the Photos app for iOS. (more…)

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Apple to Redesign iTunes Store, App Store, and iBookstore in iOS 6

Apple to Redesign iTunes Store, App Store, and iBookstore in iOS 6

According to sources familiar with Apple’s upcoming iOS 6 mobile software offering, the company’s three major digital stores will see design overhauls. The overhauls are said to be major and they focus on improved interactivity when making purchases in iTunes, the App Store, and the iBookstore. Social is a big piece of the store overhauls, and Facebook integration is being tested in the iTunes Store portion, at least.

It looks like Apple has, as rumored, redesigned stock apps across the board in iOS 6.

 

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Juicy Details About iOS 6 as WWDC Nears

Christian Zibreg for iDownloadBlog, citing a credible source, has provided some interesting details about the upcoming iOS 6 software update for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. According to his report, there will very few — if any — significant changes to the core features of iOS. That means no widgets and a home screen that is “exactly the same,” says Zibreg.

Moreover, the source has seemingly ruled out the rumored silver design in iOS 6. Instead, Apple has focused on introducing several new features in the sixth version of iOS through its lineup of stock apps, including Camera, Photos and Maps. The source claims that “much cooler stuff is coming” and that “basically, you wont know it is iOS 6 until you launch apps.”

Apple apparently re-wrote iOS apps from the ground up, tapping a few new capabilities in iOS 6 to deliver groundbreaking enhancements.

The aforementioned changes in apps have been described to me as “impressive” and certainly beyond this person’s expectations of Apple, which is saying a lot concerning the source’s credibility and connections.

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Analyst: Apple to Overhaul Camera and Photos Apps in iOS 6

Analyst: Apple to Overhaul Camera and Photos Apps in iOS 6

Analyst Shaw Wu with Sterne Agee said on Friday that his industry checks have indicated that a new Maps application in iOS to be unveiled at WWDC later this month will be a “greatly enhanced” version with 3D capability. He said the new offering has been internally developed by Apple, allowing the company to move away from Google, claims that echo earlier reports.

It looks like the new Maps app isn’t the only stock app that will be getting a facelift in iOS 6. More on this soon.

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Apple is Working on an iPizza, For Real?

Apple is Working on an iPizza, For Real?

Apple has begun a hiring push to find lead design engineers to help them make the long-rumored iPizza a reality, Cult of Mac has exclusively learned.

The advert, posted today on Apple’s jobs board, calls for a candidate with at least four years experience in the Neapolitan supply chain. Intriguingly, one of the skills required for the position is the “ability to hand stretch the pizza (without using a rolling pin),” suggesting that the new iPizza will be built with a revolutionary new manufacturing process.

I can’t tell if it’s April Fools’ Day still, but at least it looks tasty.

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