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Apple takes these products heads on

Last updated on: June 19, 2012 08:38 IST

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Every year, Apple developers get together at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), held in San Francisco. The event focuses on Apple's successes and what products developers should be getting excited about in the future.

This time round Apple announced a bunch of new stuff at its Worldwide Developers Conference which was held on June 11, 2012.

As citied by Business Insider, whenever Apple releases new products, it signals what devices it wants to kill. According to an article published by Business Insider, Apple is shaking up several industries with changes and additions to its hardware and software.

Source: Business Insider


Image: Apple's CEO Tim Cook speaks during the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference 2012 in San Francisco.
Photographs: Stephen Lam/Reuters

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Google Maps

Apple's new mapping software and turn-by-turn navigation in iOS 6 aims to take on Google Maps. This new software tires to woo the user with information like restaurant reviews and recommendations.

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Image: Paris on panoramic Google Maps
Photographs: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

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Optical Drives

Apple now plans to do away with the DVD drive. Yes, just like the MacBook Air, the new MacBook Pro will no longer have a DVD drive. However, it plans to sell a USB optical drive separately.

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Image: The new MacBook Pro will no longer have a DVD drive.
Photographs: Stephen Lam/Reuters

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Ethernet

If you ask anyone what's the one thing that will certainly be part of our lives for a long time to come, the answer will surely be Wi-Fi. With smartphones, notebooks and advanced laptops we are constantly looking for Wi-Fi networks. Aren't we? That's what Apple aims to cash on. Thus, MacBook Pros will no longer have Ethernet inputs.

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Hard disk drives

Apple has said goodbye to hard disk drives. In fact the hard disk drives are now traded for the faster, cooler, and quieter solid state drives. Though, it might add up to the overall cost now, but it is likely to change in the future.

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Dropbox

If you are an Apple user, you will love this new feature. Now, iCloud syncs Pages, Numbers, Keynotes, Messages, Reminders and Notes. This happens through the apps and not some standalone file system.

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Image: iCloud syncs Pages, Numbers, Keynotes, Messages, Reminders and Notes.
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Evernote

Now that Apple's Notes app can be synced directly to iCloud, you probably won't need separate apps like Evernote for regular note-keeping.

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Google Docs

Again, when iWork can be connected to the cloud, you may not really want to play around with Google Docs.

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Image: Phil Schiller, Senior Vice President of product Marketing for Apple, introduces the iWork publishing application.
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Dictation software

Now, you can use Siri on MacBooks and iPad. What more? It is supposed to works better than on iOS 5.

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Isolator

The new iOS 6's Guided Access feature prevents distractions by limiting the usage to a single app. This means apps like Isolator, which used to put a black background behind the app, now seems unnecessary. It is touted that Guided Access will also help autistic children stay on task.

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Wunderlist

In the new version of iCloud, you can automatically sync Reminders across all of your Apple devices. This means apps like Wunderlist are no longer required.

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Anti-Virus software for Mac

Now, Mountain Lion's new Gatekeeper feature gives you all the control. You can now take a call over what types of apps you want installed and ensure that your Mac is virus free. Even though OS X never really had a virus problem, this seems to be a full-proof process.

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Videochat apps

FaceTime now works over your cell network as well. This means that you don't need to be on Wi-Fi anymore to make free calls. This is certainly not good news for apps that in the past were the only way to use it.

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Adium

Mountain Lion's new instant message app, allows you to use all of your IM services -- Google Talk, Yahoo, -- all at once. It also lets you send iMessages to iOS devices. This means apps like Adium are out.


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