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Apple Maps Is Coming to Your Desktop and Calendar’s Losing Its Leather

Apple Maps Is Coming to Your Desktop and Calendar's Losing Its Leather

Apple Maps is getting a pretty little desktop client in the new OSX Mavericks. The desktop client includes the same (steadily improving) offering of 3D-flyover views, and provides you with information cards as you skirt around different locations. And once you find your destination on the desktop, you can shunt it right over to your iPhone at the press of a button.

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Eric Limer

June 10th

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Apple Maps Is Coming to Your Desktop

Apple Maps Is Coming to Your Desktop

Apple Maps is getting a pretty little desktop client in the new OSX Mavericks. The desktop client includes the same (steadily improving) offering of 3D-flyover views, and provides you with information cards as you skirt around different locations. And once you find your destination on the desktop, you can shunt it right over to your iPhone at the press of a button.

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Eric Limer

June 10th

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Facebook working on ‘major update’ to its SDK for iOS, acquires Face.com

Facebook just teased more iOS integration in a short post on the company’s Developers page amid buzz that it bought another successful company with an iOS app at its core.

According to the social network, it is working on a “major update” to the Facebook SDK for iOS that will launch soon:

We’re very excited about the Facebook integration in iOS 6 that Apple announced last week at WWDC 2012. We’re working on a major update to the Facebook SDK for iOS that will launch in the coming weeks. It includes significant new features and enhancements that make it easier to add Facebook to your iOS apps, along with support for the Facebook integration in iOS 6. Stay tuned!

There are no details on the update, but TheNextWeb speculated it involves the Open Graph, “allowing iOS developers to easily hook into your Timeline and its News Feed and Ticker products has become a way to send an app’s growth into the stratosphere.” The publication also wondered if the update would help developers launch apps in the App Center more easily.

Integration between Apple and Facebook unveiled last Monday for both iOS 6 and Mountain Lion during the Worldwide Developers Conference.

According to another blog post, Facebook just acquired Face.com. The website previously developed KLIK, a facial recognition iPhone app, which CEO Gil Hirsch detailed to 9to5Mac exclusively last month. The app exhibited face-friendly filters akin to Instagram and recognition capabilities for tagging people. It relied on Facebook to recognize a user’s friends, but Hirsch said the potential to integrate other social networks was a possibility for the future. Now it seems Facebook is its only future.

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Elyse Betters

June 18th

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Andy Hertzfeld: The only thing that’s still high-end about [Mac Pro] is the bloated price

Update: MacRumors received a tip from a reader who claimed Apple’s CEO Tim Cook responded to his email to confirm new Mac Pros are coming next year. We received a tip last year detailing a similar email exchange between a Pro customer and the late chief Steve Jobs. Cook’s response to the reader is below:

Our pro customers are really important to us…don’t worry as we’re working on something really great for later next year.

We were not too shocked when Apple quietly updated its Mac Pro lineup following its WWDC keynote yesterday. We had previously revealed the spec-bumped Mac Pros, but many were skeptical Apple would release such a minor refresh for the product that otherwise had not received an update in two years.

Was it really an upgrade, or did Intel simply run out of the older CPUs? USB 2 and no Thunderbolt seem like a bad joke to high-end Mac Pro users.

Not surprisingly, many are calling out Apple for its decision to not release a major refresh to the Mac Pros. Perhaps most notably is former Apple engineer and current Google employee Andy Hertzfeld. In a Google+ post, Hertzfeld congratulated Apple on its new Retina MacBook, while expressing disappointment in the new Mac Pros:

The next generation MacBook Pro announced today at WWDC looks fantastic. I ordered one immediately and can’t wait to start using it. Unfortunately, the euphoria was negated by my deep disappointment with the meagre, lame update that was silently bequeathed to the Mac Pro today… The specs for the “new” Mac Pro had hardly changed, except for a tiny, inconsequential processor clock bump. Still no Thunderbolt, still no USB 3.0, no SATA III or RAM speed improvements – it seems like it’s stuck in time in 2010. The only thing that’s still high-end about it is the bloated price… Even though I’m well aware that Apple’s future lies increasingly with mobile iOS-based devices, it still makes no sense to drop the ball on your high end desktop Mac so thoroughly, and to utterly disappoint your most loyal customers like yours truly.

As for complete refreshes for the iMac and Mac Pro lineups, David Pogue for the New York Times claimed an Apple executive confirmed they are in development and likely set for a 2013 release:

Many Apple observers also wonder if Apple thinks that desktop computers are dead, since not a word was said about the iMac and Mac Pro. An executive did assure me, however, that new models and new designs are under way, probably for release in 2013



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Jordan Kahn

June 12th

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Andy Hertzfeld: The only thing that’s still high-end about [Mac Pro] is the bloated price

We can’t say we were too shocked when Apple quietly updated its Mac Pro lineup following its WWDC keynote yesterday. We had previously revealed the spec bumped Mac Pros, but many were skeptical Apple would release such a minor refresh for the product that otherwise hadn’t received an update in two years.

Not surprisingly, many are calling out Apple for its decision to not release a major refresh to the Mac Pros. Perhaps most notably is former Apple engineer and current Google employee Andy Hertzfeld. In a Google+ post, Hertzfeld congratulates Apple on its new Retina MacBook, while expressing disappointment in the new Mac Pros:

The next generation MacBook Pro announced today at WWDC looks fantastic.  I ordered one immediately and can’t wait to start using it.  Unfortunately, the euphoria was negated by my deep disappointment with the meagre, lame update that was silently bequeathed to the Mac Pro today… The specs for the “new” Mac Pro had hardly changed, except for a tiny, inconsequential processor clock bump.   Still no Thunderbolt, still no USB 3.0, no SATA III or RAM speed improvements  - it seems like it’s stuck in time in 2010.  The only thing that’s still high-end about it is the bloated price… Even though I’m well aware that Apple’s future lies increasingly with mobile iOS-based devices, it still makes no sense to drop the ball on your high end desktop Mac so thoroughly, and to utterly disappoint your most loyal customers like yours truly.

As for complete refreshes for the iMac and Mac Pro lineups, David Pogue for the New York Times claimed an Apple executive confirmed they are in development and likely set for a 2013 release:

Many Apple observers also wonder if Apple thinks that desktop computers are dead, since not a word was said about the iMac and Mac Pro. An executive did assure me, however, that new models and new designs are under way, probably for release in 2013

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Jordan Kahn

June 12th

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What Apple Didn’t Announce Yesterday—And Why It Matters [Wwdc 2012]

Apple dropped a lot of shiny new products and some gorgeous software to drool over at yesterday's action-packed WWDC keynote. Among them, a beautiful new retina display MacBook Pro, refreshed MacBook Airs, Mountain Lion OS X, and iOS 6, along with a few other goodies that didn't necessarily warrant an explicit mention. For the most part, we're thrilled about what we saw. More »


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Leslie Horn

June 12th

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What Apple Didn’t Announce Yesterday—And Why It Matters [Wwdc 2012]

Apple dropped a lot of shiny new products and some gorgeous software to drool over at yesterday's action-packed WWDC keynote. Among them, a beautiful new retina display MacBook Pro, refreshed MacBook Airs, Mountain Lion OS X, and iOS 6, along with a few other goodies that didn't necessarily warrant an explicit mention. For the most part, we're thrilled about what we saw. More »


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Leslie Horn

June 12th

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The New MBP Retina Display Blows the Doors off Its Competition [MacBook Pro]

Apple unveiled its newest batch of MacBook Pros today at WWDC, the ones sporting the new Retina displays. And yes, in terms of performance, next-generation MBPs beat the competition like a pack of rented mules. More »


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Andrew Tarantola

June 12th

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iOS 6 Hands On: All the Cool New Superpowers [Video]

The new iOS 6 is the most exciting rendition in a loo-oong time. The ol' girl was starting to feel stale—no longer! We've got our sweaty hands on an iOS 6 iPhone for a quick tour. Join us. More »


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Sam Biddle

June 11th

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Apple partnering with TomTom for new Maps app

Engadget just posted the screenshots above by an anonymous tipster who claimed to be running an iOS 6 developer beta on the iPhone 4S. It appears Apple is at least getting some data for its new Maps app through a partnership with TomTom. As noted in the report, the screenshots list “others” next to TomTom, but it does not list specific companies. It is unclear exactly what data or service of TomTom’s Apple is using. As pointed out by The Verge, Apple is crediting OpenStreetMap for data in the new app. The company also used OpenStreetMap in the past for iPhoto.



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Jordan Kahn

June 11th

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