WWDC 2012 has come with new devices and operating systems that would surely make Apple chuckle over success: OS X Mountain Lion that will be available in July for $19.99, iOS 6 being released this fall, brand-new 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display and last but not least updates for the MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro.
iOS 6 will come with 200 new features, one of the most important being Facebook Integration, Google Maps, Siri for the new iPad, Do Not Disturb, Passbook, Lost Mode etc. Although most of the expected features were unveiled at WWDC this Monday, everyone is wondering what happened to the rest of the predicted features & news and when will they be announced.
- Support for the 3rd generation of iPod touch – It seems that Apple left apart any update in what concerns the iPod touch. It is likely for older products to be often left off without major updates- for example iPhone 3G and iPod touch second-generation have dropped support for iOS 5.
- Support for the 1st generation of iPad – The support for the first iPad model is beyond iOS 5 meaning that it will lack all the shiny new features, including the virtual personal assistant. The third generation of iPad is going to get the new operating system is July, possessing Siri; it’s the second device after the iPhone 4S that would let Siri take full advantage of its functions. Apple has not confirmed why the first iPad model has been left aside, maybe because it couldn’t have coped with the 3D maps, being a requirement too big for the hardware.
- iOS iCloud, based app for Notes and Reminders – This feature would have synced-up data from apps in iCloud and afterwards moved it devices that possessed the same Apple ID. Any gadget running iOS 6 could have taken advantage of the feature and it would have operated just like iTunes and Photo Stream.
- iPhone 5 release date – 2009’s WWDC came with the 3GS and the event from 2010 announced the launch platform for iPhone 4. Apple used to provide iPhone gadgets in summer but from the release of the iPhone 4S, Apple changed their method. And because of their Secrecy is in Apple’s DNA, they didn’t say a single word about the next generation of iPhone or when it’s coming on the market. In 2011, Apple has waited until October to detail the iPhone 4S and finish iOS 5.
Apple comes with fixes for Notifications in iOS 6:
Remember the times when your Notification Center on iPad was full with notifications even though you have already checked them on another Apple device? In iOS 6 Apple has managed to fix the bugs so now clearing Notification on one gadget automatically does the same thing on an iPhone. Syncing on iOS 5 seemed quite annoying due to the fact that notifications would rise at the end of the day and you would have Notification Center empty on one device and full on other. iMessage seems the most suitable example in what concerns the bug.
Monday at WWDC, Apple has made the announcement for Messages coming to OS X Mountain Lion and it’s expected to have seamless integration between iMessage on both operating systems, iOS and OS X.
Introducing a new feature that will be limited to gadgets running A5 chip or later because FaceTime over 3G will only be coping with iPhone 4S and the latest generation of iPad. Users that have a previous version of Apple devices will still have to connect to Wi-Fi for connecting to FaceTime video chat call.
The iPhone 4 won’t be enjoying FaceTime over 3G, turn-to-turn navigation & Flyover when the iOS 6 arrives but at least it would have access to shared Photo streams. Shared Photo Streams will only be available for devices that cope with iOS 6 and OS X Mountain Lion so 3GS would be left aside. Not to mention the fact that the iPhone 3GS will also lack iOS 6 Mail application and Flagged smart mailboxes, only iPhone 4 or later and iPad 2 or later would “get their hands” on the features.