Apple launches MacBook Pro and MacBook Air range of notebooks

Devices major Apple has announced upgrade to its MacBook Pro and MacBook Air range of notebook computers.

The MacBook Air will come with the latest Intel core processors. The presently available 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro have been updated with the latest Intel quad coreIvyBridgeprocessors and graphics from Nvidia.

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

Apple announced that its ninth generation OS X Mountain Lion will be available in July as a download from the Mac App Store.

“Today we’ve updated the entire MacBook line with faster processors, graphics, memory, flash storage and USB 3 connectivity. We’ve made the world’s best portable family even better and we think users are going to love the performance advances in both the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.

The company also unveiled iOS 6, introducing over 200 new features to the popular mobile OS. It released a beta version for the developers.

iOS 6 will be available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users as a free software update around middle of September this year.

New iOS 6 features include an all-new Maps app with Apple-designed cartography, turn-by-turn navigation and an amazing new Flyover view; new Siri features, including support for more languages, easy access to sports scores, restaurant recommendations and movie listings.

It also has Facebook integration for Contacts and Calendar, with the ability to post directly fromNotificationCenter, Siri and Facebook-enabled apps like Photos, Safari and Maps, and Shared Photo Streams via iCloud. Interestingly, iPhone 4S’ iconic voice assistant Siri will also be available for the new iPad, with added support for Spanish, Italian, Korean, Mandarin and Cantonese. Still no Hindi!

The new 15-inch MacBook Pro has retina display, all flash storage and new quad core processor in a very thin and light frame.

MacBook Pro with retina display features the latest Intel Core i7 quad-core processors up to 2.7 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.7 GHz, NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M discrete graphics, up to 16GB of faster 1600 MHz RAM and flash storage up to 768GB. Two Thunderbolt and two USB 3.0 ports will allow Pro users to connect to multiple displays and devices, and a new HDMI port for connectivity to HDTVs.

New MacBook Pro also features a FaceTime HD camera, glass multi-touch trackpad, full-size backlit keyboard, dual microphones, enhanced speakers, 3-stream 802.11n Wi-Fi and a thinner MagSafe 2 power port.

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