Apple’s latest development conference kicked off on Monday, June 11, 2012, with a cornucopia of exciting announcements, reports Gizmodo.
Among the announcements, according to the article:
"Siri keeps being updated. The new version on iOS 6 does sports scores and stats. You ask what was the score for the Giants and she will reply that they were downed by the Rangers. It will also tell you about batting averages. Siri is being integrated with Yelp and OpenTable. You could ask for a good Italian restaurant near you and she will tell you about the best ones using Yelp information and allow you to make a reservation with your voice using OpenTable."
Furthermore, according to the story, Siri is "also bringing movies with IMDb for reviews and information, and Fandango for tickets. You can ask for a movie that stars your favorite star or director, and she will find them for you. The result screen is quite nice, with integrated Rotten Tomatoes ratings. … She will be available on the iPad. Many auto makers — including BMW, GM, Mercedes, Land Rover, Jaguar, Audi, Toyota, Chrysler and Honda — will also integrate Siri in their cars."
As for more integration between iPhones and Facebook, the story notes, "You will be able to post to Facebook from Apple’s apps, just like you can do with Twitter. That includes images directly from the Photos albums. Or location from Maps. It’s even integrated with Siri. And the Calendar application, so birthdays and events are automatically synchronized at all times with Facebook."
As for the new next-generation MacBook Pro, the article says, "Apple’s next gen MacBook Pro is the most amazing laptop we’ve ever seen. OK — this thing is a space monster. Apple just dropped a Next Gen MacBook Pro with the highest resolution screen in laptop history, and the thinness of the air."
The article adds: "The best part? The ‘MacBook Pro with Retina Display,’ the starship’s official name, starts at $2200 with a 2.3 GHz Ivy Bridge processor, 8 GB of RAM, and a 256 SSD. Ships today. If you want to max it out — 2.7 GHz processor, 16 GB of RAM, and the 768 GB SSD, it’ll hit you $3,750. Which is a lot, but, Christ. This is the computer we were all dreaming for today — the inevitable unification of the Air’s impossible lines and the Pro’s, well, professionalism. It’s an aluminum synthesis that makes a power computer seem as gentle for us humans as it is astoundingly capable. And it’s the most exciting thing Apple’s done in years."