WWDC 2012: Banners at Moscone Center in San Francisco (Photo : Latinospost)
Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) kicks-off tomorrow at San Francisco's Moscone Center.
Many sites have been focusing their reports on software updates including the banners posted at the conference center for the new iOS 6, the OS X Mountain Lion, and an updated iCloud, confirmed for sure. However, people still speculate about hardware updates especially the much anticipated MacBook Pro 2012 and the iPhone 5.
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The MacBook Pro 2012 had been on the hot seat for weeks prior to the event, surrounded with rumors and “so-called” evidences. Some of the heated topics included whether it would be equipped with the high resolution retina display, whether Apple would ditch the 17-inch version and whether it would be as thin as the current Apple MacBook Air, among others.
Chinese website, Weiphone, posted a spec sheet that supposedly represents what the new 13-inch MacBook Pro 2012 is like. It listed a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution display disputing the idea that it indeed includes a retina display. On the other hand, 9to5Mac posted another spec sheet, this time for the new 15-inch version, which had a 2560 x 1600 high-resolution display.
Of course, both spec sheets could've easily been made by any random individual.
Perhaps another way to verify if the retina display will be present on the MacBook Pro 2012 is through a new app that was developed for Apple operating systems in computers.
The new update on FolderWatch, which is an OS X-based application, supports “Retina Graphics”, supporting the rumors that the new laptop might indeed have the Apple’s high-resolution display.
“A Mac OS X-based application today was updated with support for ‘Retina graphics,’” tweeted the developer of the app, Brothers Roloff.
“The app, FolderWatch, allows users to automatically keep a copy of a project on an external hard drive or file server. It might not be the most obvious choice for a Retina-ready app, but the very fact that it supports the feature is rather interesting,” Roloff continued.
The Retina Display had been popularized in Apple’s smart phone and tablet devices. It is uncertain whether Apple’s new laptop could become thinner and support Retina Display at the same time because a high-resolution system may require a bigger battery which in return demands a thicker case.
Apple iPhone 5 is another rumor that hovered around the tech community for months – some dating back to the time right after the iPhone 4S was released. And since the company’s next generation of mobile operating system, iOS 6, will be announced at WWDC 2012, some are hoping to hear some news leak about the new iPhone.
iOS 6 is expecting some update on its voice assistant software Siri, which will also support more languages. Another key update might be ditching Google Map as its default mapping service and provide Apple’s own application. We may also expect an “iStore” function and more integration with Facebook.
Some of the rumors concerning iPhone 5 include a larger Retina Display, 4G LTE technology, 1.5 GHz quadcore A6 processor, and near-field-communication (NFC) technology.
While Apple had a history of launching new iPhone models at WWDC until 2010, the company stopped the tradition last year, when the new device was not released until October. Although it is highly implausible to see Apple coming up with a new smart phone model in only eight months, fans are still hoping to hear something about the iPhone 5 along with the iOS 6 announcement.
WWDC is usually for developers, thus more emphasis had been placed on software side more than the hardware side, but let’s see what Apple has to reveal tomorrow.