Apple launches new MacBooks, iOS

Apple has announced upgrade to its MacBook Pro and MacBook Air range of notebook computers with the launch of new models.

It is also shortly expected to take the wraps off the next version of its next generation of operating systems, including the popular mobile OS iOS at its 23rd annual developers’ conference WWDC (World Wide Developers Conference).

Earlier, Apple had been rumoured to be getting ready to shelve MacBook Pro in some quarters. Instead, Apple made it airy and faster.

New MacBook Air too will be lighter on the wallet after Apple knocked about $100 on the price tag across all models, except the entry-level model which will continue to be priced at $999.

All models will come packed with much higher resolution, retina display and up to 60% faster graphics. The new MacBook Pro, for instance, will come with a pixel density of 2800 X 1800.

Apple senior vice president Phil Schiller took centrestage at WWDC to showcase the new notebooks.

The new notebooks will sport a new heart too, with Apple migrating from Intel’s Sandy Bridge processors to the latest quad core Ivy Bridge.

MacBook Air will have a processor that boasts up to 3.2 GHz clock speed with turbo boost and up to 8 GB, 1600 MHz memory. The basic model of MacBook Pro with retina display will cost $2199.

Apple notebooks with retina display will come equipped with up to a 2.7 GHz Ivy bridge processor, 768 GB flash drive and up to 16 GB RAM. MacBook Pro and MacBook Air will also sport thunderbolt-to-firewire support and USB 3.

Besides, Apple will take App Stores to 32 new countries, including India. It takes the number of countries where local App Stores are present to 155. There are over 650,000 apps on the App Store and it has seen 30 billion downloads so far. Apple has until now paid a whopping $5 billion for the apps to its developers.

Source: TOI


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