Apple harvests MacBooks, iOS 6

Apple unveils vision for near-future, while we get a peek at some of the Web domains of the future. Also: Verizon's share plan.

The Retina MacBook Pro is 0.71 inch thick, 14.13 inches wide, and 9.73 inches deep. It weighs a somewhat hefty 4.46 pounds. James Martin/CNET

Apple's announcements at WWDC were skewed heavily toward its Mac line, while also providing a first glimpse of the latest version of its iOS mobile operating system.

Perhaps the biggest news of the show was a redesigned 15.4-inch MacBook Pro that takes some design cues from the MacBook Air line. It boasts a 2,880x1,800-pixel resolution Retina Display screen, an HDMI port (an Apple first), USB 3.0, discrete Nvidia graphics, and the requisite Intel Ivy Bridge CPU, and Thunderbolt connections. However, starting at a whopping $2,199, this one is strictly for those with deep pockets.
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Apple also unveiled iOS 6, the next version of the company's mobile operating system, which includes 200 new updates, as well as upgrades to Siri. iOS 6 comes with more personalization options, allowing users to turn on a do-not-disturb mode, as well as respond to phone calls with a set message, and set VIP status to individuals whose e-mails come through as an alert.
•  Apple's iOS 6 to add privacy controls for user contacts

Apple also unveiled a new in-house 3D Maps app built entirely from the ground floor up. The 3D option isn't turned on by default but can easily be switched on by the user via a large button logically dubbed 3D.


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Verizon unveils 'Share Everything' family plans for data

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Facebook's U.S. growth eases on the brakes

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Disaster awaits U.S. power grid as cybersecurity lags

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Skout suspends under-18 service after it's linked to rapes

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NASA sends NuStar black-hole hunter into space

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'Expanded Tweets' bring more content to Twitter feeds

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