Apple’s Secret Weapon At WWDC? A Time Machine.

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It’s hard to believe, but there was a time when Apple’s computers were accused of being strictly last generation.

Their computers were made with clunky Power PC processors, and Windows PC owners smirked at the wheezing Mac platform. Michael Dell even famously said the whole company was so behind the times that if it were up to him, he’d euthanize it.

How things change.

While the rest of the industry was counting Apple out, a Steve Jobs newly returned to Apple spent the early part of the last decade quietly assembling a time machine. Following the iPad, iPhone and MacBook Air before it, the retina-display MacBook Pro announced Monday at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco is just the latest time traveler Apple has sent back to us from the future.

It’s a machine so shiny, so shimmering, so futuristic, so unlike anything else out there that it will take the PC-making competition at least a year to release a truly competing product. How did this even happen? How did Apple assemble its time machine, and why can’t the likes of Sony, HP, Dell, Acer and Lenovo seem to catch up?

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iOS 6 Gets Improved Privacy, Redesigned Stores, Lost Mode & Tons More [WWDC12]

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Apple announced a lot of cool features in iOS 6 today, but here’s some of the stuff they didn’t show worth noting:

• Improved privacy controls.
• Redesigned stores
• Lost mode: if you’ve lost or misplaced your iPhone or iPad, you can send a phone number directly to that phone
• Game center challenges
• Per-account Mail signatures
• Voice-Over imrpovements
• Personal dictionary in iCloud
• Tons of new APIs for Devs, including Pass Kit, in-app contrent purchases (sell iTunes music right through your apps), transit apps

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iOS 6 Gets Supercharged With VIP Mailbox, Pull-To-Refresh and More [WWDC12]

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Everything in iOS 6 is getting a big upgrade, and Mail is no exception.

One of the biggest updates is VIP, which allows emails to come right to the lock screen like a text message. Mail now has a flagged and VIP mailbox built right in.

You can also add photos and video right from the mail compose screen, even open password protected docs. Rad.

There’s even pull to refresh.

Looks like Sparrow got some native competition.

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In iOS 6, You’ll Be Able To Make FaceTime Calls Over 3G [WWDC12]

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Apple is also launching a new setting for iOS 6, called Do Not Disturb. And it does what it says on the tin.

Here’s how it works. Essentially, Do Not Disturb allows you to tell your iPhone not to bother you with interruptions. Notifications will still pop up, but they won’t light up the screen or make sounds.

Even better, you have fine-grained access to the kind of calls you can receive when the setting is one.

It’s also safe. For example, repeated calls go through: if someone calls multiple times in a short period of time because it’s an emergency, the call gets put through.

Sounds great, although it sounds to me like this is just going to encourage obnoxious repeat calling from people who think you turned DND on.

(This story is developing.Check back for updates.)

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iOS 6 Has An Amazing New ‘Do Not Disturb’ Feature [WWDC12]

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Apple is also launching a new setting for iOS 6, called Do Not Disturb. And it does what it says on the tin.

Here’s how it works. Essentially, Do Not Disturb allows you to tell your iPhone not to bother you with interruptions. Notifications will still pop up, but they won’t light up the screen or make sounds.

Even better, you have fine-grained access to the kind of calls you can receive when the setting is one.

It’s also safe. For example, repeated calls go through: if someone calls multiple times in a short period of time because it’s an emergency, the call gets put through.

Sounds great, although it sounds to me like this is just going to encourage obnoxious repeat calling from people who think you turned DND on.

(This story is developing.Check back for updates.)

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Facebook Is Integrated Right Into iOS 6… And It’s Coming To Mountain Lion [WWDC12]

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As rumored, iOS 6 is getting Facebook integration, just like Twitter integration in iOS 5.

“We’re also making it really easy to post to Facebook from many of our apps. Post photos from Photos, post location from Maps… we’ve also integrated it right in with Notification Center. Anywhere you are you can tap to post to Facebook and Twitter.”

Siri is also having Facebook integrated. Even better, Facebook’s deep integration is now a public API, meaning any app can easily integrate Facebook into its app.

There’s even contact list integration. Facebook events and birthdays will now automatically appear in your calendars. And it’s also coming to Mountain Lion.

(This story is developing.Check back for updates.)

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Mountain Lion’s AirPlay Mirroring Will Let You Play Games Head-To-Head With iOS Devices On Your TV [WWDC12]

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Apple has finally spilled full details of how AirPlay Mirroring for Mountain Lion will work.

The good news is that pretty soon, you’ll be able to throw your Mountain Lion video and audio across a room to your Apple TV in good old 1080p.

Also, because of an update to Game Center, you’ll soon be able to have head-to-head gaming action from Macs to iOS devices, all broadcast on your HDTV. iPad Versus Mac!

(This story is developing.Check back for updates.)

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Safari In Mountain Lion Gets iCloud Tabs, New Tab Views, Beautiful Scrolling [WWDC12]

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Apple just announced some nice new updates to Safari: iCloud Tabs and a new scroll architecture.

iCloud Tabs syncs your open tabs across all devices. There’s also a new tab view, which shows live pages on each tab as you gesture through. It looks great.

The new scrolling architecture apparently makes scrolling “lightning fast.”

Looks like some average-sized but great updates. Too bad I don’t use Safari.

Apple Unveils The Next-Generation MacBook Pro With Retina Display, Starting At $2199 [WWDC 12]

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“”Nobody turns over their entire line as quickly and completely as we do at Apple. So what’s next? We need to make room on the slide for this.” And Apple is about to announce a completely new and improved MacBook Pro, the next-generation.

““With the MBA, the engineering team did something bold. They reenvisioned the consumer notebook, and were aggressive in embracing new technologies, and discarding legacy technologies. Things we could eventually do without.”

“So what would make a next-generation MacBook Pro?” Schiller asks.

According to Schiller, the next-gen MBP is the most beautiful computer Apple has ever made. It’s thin, its light, it has no optical drive, it’s exactly what the rumors had us believe it would be: a cross between the last MBP and the MacBook Air.

The new MBP is about as thin as the current Air, and weighs under four and a half pounds. And it has a Retina Display.