Coverage of WWDC 2012 Keynote

BY Jason

Published 11 Jun 2012

Apple’s WWDC 2012 Keynote should be underway in less than 12 hours from now (10 am Pacific / 1 pm Eastern).

Apple is widely expected to give a sneak peak at iOS 6 – their next generation mobile operating system and showcase features such as the all-new Maps app, Facebook Integration, Siri for iPad and lots more.

Apple is also expected to announce new features and improvements to iCloud, talk about S X Mountain Lion and possibility also unveil the SDK for Apple TV OS.

In addition to the software announcements, Apple could unveil a slew of new Macs at the event, including new MacBook Pros, new MacBook Airs, iMacs and new Mac Pros.

So bookmark this page and join us for the complete coverage of Apple’s Keynote event`at 10 am Pacific (to avoid any confusion, check out this table to find out time the event will start in your timezone) or check out the countdown timer.

Until then don’t forget to check out what you can expect from Apple’s WWDC 2012`Key.ote and our iOS 6 wish list.

Update 1:

New Mac Pro, MacBook Pro And MacBook Air Specs Leaked

Update 2:

Apple’s Online store has gone down ahead of the WWDC Keynote

Update 3:

Check out the last-minute rumors related to WWDC 2012 Keynote here.

Update 4:

This is it, folks! Less than 30 mins to go for the start of the Keynote!

Please note updates will be posted from top to bottom (bottom newest) so stay tuned (hit refresh to get the latest).

It looks like most people are in the WWDC Keynote room waiting for the event to start.

Presentation announcement: “We’ll be beginning shortly.”

Lights dimming!

“Hello and welcome to WWDC. I’m Siri, your virtual assistant and today I was asked to warm up the crowd, which should be easy since the high will be 75 degrees.”

Some jokes from Siri.

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook is on stage now.

Cook: The WWDC 2012 was sold out in 1 hour and 43 minutes.

Cook is giving a few up$ates on the App Store: 400 million accounts, 650,000 apps, 225,000 apps for the`iPad.

$999 and $1099 on the 11-inch and  13-inch: $1199, $1499, all $100 cheaper than the previous model.

Schiller has just announced new Mac Book Pros.

Here’s the pricing:

Schiller has just announced the next generation MacBook Pros. They come with the following features:

  • 25% Thinner at
  • Lighter at 4.46 pounds
  • Retina Display with resolution of 2880 x 1880, four times the amount of pixels
  • Quad-core i7 up to 3.7GHz
  • Up to 16GB of RAM
  • new Kepler nVIDIA GPUs
  • Up to 768GB of internal storage
  • Up to 7 hours of battery life, up to 30 days of standby
  • SD, HDMI, Thunderbolt, and 2x USB 3.0, MagSafe 2
  • Backlit keyboard
  • 802.11n
  • Bluetooth 4.0

That’s amazing!

Ive. “This is without a doubt, the very best computer we’ve ever built.”


Expect the next-generation MacBook Pros to be very expensive.

Starts at $2199, that’s not too bad.

Next up: OS X Mountain Lion

iCloud – New Feature: Documents in the Cloud –  “A simple new way to store your documents in the cloud.”

Reminders app and Notes app for Mac.

Demoing how messages between mobile and desktop.

Notification Center

Dictation feature comes to Mac

Built-in Sharing – similar to the Twitter integration in iOS

Next Safari:

Now includes the fastest javascript engine

iCloud Tabs: open and access tabs from all your other devices. Nice! If only I used Safari… New feature: Tab View. Use gestures to visually navigate tabs.

New scrolling architecture based on Core Animation, which is lightning fast

Tab view shows live pages on each tab as you gesture through

New feature: Power Nap – “We all love using our Macs, but wouldn’t it be great if when we weren’t using them they were still working for us? Power Nap keeps your Mac up to date while it sleeps.”

This includes App Store updates, Mac OS updates and backups while it sleeps. Perfect!

Next feature: AirPlay Mirroring – We know how that works.

Game Center for Mac – Mac to Mac and cross-platform iOS to Mac support

Game Center – demo time!

Tons of new features in Mountain Lion: Mail VIPs, rename from title bar, Launchpad search, Offline Reading List

Features for users in China: New Chinese input method, new Chinese dictionary, more fonts, Baidu search in Safari, top Chinese email service support as services

Mountain Lion will be available for $19.99

Apple will be releasing the final developer preview of Mountain Lion today

Forstall is on stage to talk about iOS 6.

iOS 5 review:

  • 700 billion push notifications per day
  • 1.5 trillion total push notifications
  • 1 billion messages per day
  • 3x growth in iOS users, 10 billion iOS 5 tweets, 47% of which are photos

Game Center review:

  • More than 130 million people using it
  • 5 billion scores per week

iOS 6 features:

Siri gets an update

  • Siri can now talk about Sports
  • Restaurant integration via Yelp and OpenTable
  • Siri can finally launch apps
  • Movie Integration
  • Eye Free: Siri Auto Integration
  • Support for following new languages:
    • French for Canada
    • Spanish for Spain, Mexico, and the US
    • Italian
    • For Switzerland we’re adding Italian French and German
    • Korean
    • Mandarin and Cantonese for China
  • Local search is going global
  • Siri comes to the iPad (not sure which ones though)

2nd Feature: Facebook Integration

It looks similar to the Twitter Integration in iOS 5.

It comes integrated with Notification Center and Siri

3rd Feature: New Phone App

“You’ve probably been in a meeting where you can’t answer it right then… on iOS 6 there’s a new control for an incoming call, slide it up to reply with a message or be reminded to call back later.”

“Remind me can also set up a geo-fence reminding you to call that person back.”

“Many of you are like me who’ve been awakened in the middle of the night.`This tells your phone not to bother you with interruptions. Those notifications will still come, but they won’t light up your screen or make sounds. You get fine-grained control over which calls to receive.”

Repeated calls: if someone calls multiple times in a short period of time because it’s an emergency, the call gets`put through.

4th Feature: Facetime over cellular

“You can unify your phone number and Apple ID. So if someone calls your iPhone, you can answer that call on your iPad or even Mac. We’re doing the same thing with iMessage.”

5th eature: Safari Updates

  • Photo uploads to web forms
  • Smart app banners
  • Offline Reading List

6th Feature: Photo Streams

Shared Photo Streams

“Choose your photos you’d like to share, choose the friends you’d like to share it with, and you’re done.”

Available on Mac, Apple TV, via web, etc.

7th Feature: Mail Enhancements

Mail VIPs from OS X

8th Feature: New Passbook App

“The simplest way to get all your passes in one place. … There are a lot of great apps that put your boarding passes and tickets right into the app.” United’s app, Starbucks, movie tickets… “The problem is, when you get to the movie theater, you have to fumble around to find the app and then the ticket.”

9th Feature: New Maps app

“In iOS 6 we’ve built an entirely new mapping solution from the ground up, and it is beautiful. We’re doing all the cartography ourselves… this is a worldwide effort, we’re covering the world.”

“Beautiful, beautiful apps. Part of maps is local search — you have to be able to find points of interest. We’ve ingested over 100 million listings around the world. Once you find something, pull up the info card.” Yelp integration. Traffic service!

“Once you find a place you’d like to go, tap the quick route button, we’ll monitor the traffic, give you an ETA, and if it slows we’ll start looking for a re-route. All of this works from the lock screen as well if it’s plugged into your car.”

It looks awesome!

It comes with 3D mode.

It also offers turn-by-turn voice navigation powered by Siri.

10th Feature: Guided Access

“We’re really proud of how the accessibility community has been adopting iOS devices. We want to make the experience for children with autism even better.”

Disable and enable controls custom. “This is great beyond children with autism. This is single app mode. Some schools are starting to administer tests with the iPad!”

Those are just 10 of 200 new features.


  • iPhone 3GS or later
  • 4th gen iPod touch or later
  • iPad 2 or later

iOS 6 will be release later this fall and iOS 6 beta will be released to developers of iOS Developer Program today.

That’s it folks! Tim Cooks wraps it up. What do you think about iOS 6 and the new Macs? Let us know in the comments.