Apple has made some exciting new announcements and released some awesome products at the WWDC (Worldwide Developer Conference) last week. Stock has been leaking in late last week but everything below should be available this week.
The MacBook Air (available now)
The new MacBook Air allows you to make the most of your day, with all the power you need.
The battery life on both the 11-inch and 13-inch models has dramatically improved. Allowing people to work unplugged without needing to worry about where to find the nearest power point. The 11-inch model now has up to 9 hours of battery life between charges; the 13-inch, up to 12 hours battery life. With up to 30 days of standby time, you can easily pick up right where you left off.
The new MacBook Air is powered by the all-new fourth generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors. Designed to use less power, but still deliver high performance, you can do whatever you want, for longer than before. In addition, the new Intel HD Graphics 5000 offers up to 40% faster graphics. Something you’ll definitely notice when gaming and using other graphics-intensive tasks.
Data can be accessed faster due to the MacBook Air being designed entirely around flash storage. Making the MacBook Air much lighter and more portable than ever before. Available in capacities up to 512GB, the flash storage present in the MacBook Air is up to 9x faster than a traditional 5400- rpm notebook hard drive, and up to 45% faster than the flash storage in the previous MacBook Air. Pays to note that the 11inch model now has double the capacity as standard.
All the other usual extras such as FaceTime, iCloud, backlit keyboard, and the multi-touch trackpad are once again apparent in the new MacBook Air
Stock is on it’s way to the suppliers, so if you want to get your hands on one ordering in advance is best.
For more information on the new MacBook Air, you can visit the Apple site here.
The new AirPort Extreme may look a little different from its previous model, but the current design had performance in mind. The taller design has the antennas in the top, creating a higher platform for dispersing the signal. The number of antennas have also been increased to 6 in total (3 for the 2.4GHz band and 3 for the 5GHz band).
The new design not only improves the performance of the Wi-Fi, but also saves you desk space. At less than 4 inches square, the footprint of AirPort Extreme is 64% smaller than its predecessor. And in order to keep everything clean and tidy, even the power supply is built in.
The Airport Extreme, like the version before it, is the go to model for multiple ethernet connections, wireless Harddrive access (to whatever USB drive is connected) and the fastest WIFI technology (802.11AC) although the only machines out to make use of this is the above Macbook Airs.
With its easy set up, secure file sharing and a built-in firewall, AirPort Extreme proves once again, performance is everything.
For more information regarding the AirPort Extreme, you can visit the Apple site here.
AirPort Time Capsule (available soon)
Apple’s Time Capsule gives you a super fast Wi-Fi base station and an easy to use backup device all in one and backing up your data is simple! Just set up the Time Capsule initially, and it’ll do the rest. It works with Time Machine in OS X to back up your Mac wirelessly and automatically, so worrying about losing important documents, photos, songs, apps, and settings is eliminated.
The same can be said for having multiple Mac computers in your home or office. An AirPort Time Capsule can back up and store files for each Mac on your wireless network. This is easily done due to Time Capsule being available in either 2TB or 3TB models.
Just like the AirPort Extreme, the design of the Time Capsule does look a little different than before. It’s less than 4 inches square, and 6.6 inches from top to bottom, the Time Capsule is 75% smaller than the previous model. Meaning it definitely saves you desk space. And to keep everything tidy, even the power supply is built in.
For more information on the AirPort Time Capsule, you can visit the Apple site here.
Other WWDC announcements also included:
– The new Mac Pro
The all-new Mac Pro reinvents the look of Mac Pro with a completely new design that is optimised for performance inside and out. With next-generation Xeon processors, dual workstation class GPUs, Thunderbolt 2, PCIe-based flash storage and ultra-fast ECC memory, the new 9.9 inch tall Mac Pro can definitely pack a massive amount of power into a little package.
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– OS X Mavericks
OS X Mavericks, Apple’s 10th major release, desktop operating system, comes with more than 200 new features. These include apps such as Maps and iBooks for the Mac, Finder tags and Tabs, multi-display support for power users, a new version of Safari with iCloud keychain and enhancements to Calendar and Notifications Centre. The new core technologies allow breakthrough power efficiency and performance.
With OS X Mavericks, everything’s coming up roses.
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– iOS 7
iOS 7 was designed to not only be beautiful, but functional as well. The purpose behind iOS 7 was to create an experience that was simpler, useful, and more enjoyable, whilst still building on the things that society love about iOS. Ultimately, redesigning the functionality also lead to redesigning the way it looks.
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The above three announcements are available later on in the year.
If you would like to watch the Apple Keynote, click here