Apple WWDC 2012: all the stories
WWDC 2012 – Apple ditches Google Maps
The big news of the iOS 6 update sees Apple doing away with Google Maps in favour of its own high-quality 3D mapping service – powered by TomTom – that will offer navigation and a real-time, crowdsourced traffic monitoring service. You also get an amazing 3D Flyover view of cities with photographic textures.
Analyst Carolina Milanesi reckons this is a keen move to help Apple sell our movements to advertisers for more money. If we get a better service and an option to withhold our information, we’re cool with that.
WWDC 2012 – OS X Mountain Lion
Apple's not neglecting desktop users either, taking the wraps off OS X Mountain Lion 10.8. The latest version of its desktop operating system, coming in July, brings an iOS-style Notification Center and Siri-style dictation to your Mac as well as a more intelligent Safari browser.
A new Power Nap feature will update your software and refresh your Notification Center while your Mac sleeps, while Apple's also adding AirPlay mirroring and the iOS Game Center to its desktop OS.
You also get improved iCloud integration – you can now sync calendars, emails, contacts, notes, messages and reminders between your Mac and iOS devices.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg, with 200 updates in total – and for a mere US$20 for the upgrade. Or you can spend just over a grand and get it for free on the new MacBook Pro. Wow, we thought that would sound like a joke, but it’s actually tempting.