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The Evolution of the Apple Laptop: 1989 to 2012

June 23rd, 2012

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    1. Macintosh Portable (September-1989)

    “The power to be your best. Even when there’s no power”, was the theme line of the print ad of the Macintosh Portable. It was Apple’s first tryst in the portable computer market. However, it got a lukewarm response because of its bulky design and slow performance. It was sold for around $6500.

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    2. PowerBook 100 (October-1991)

    The PowerBook was designed and manufactured by Sony for Apple. PowerBook received pretty good response from users, despite its slow performance. But the design played an important role in its success. It was then followed by PowerBook 140 and PowerBook 170. It was sold for around $2500.

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    3. PowerBook Duo 210 (October-1992)

    It was a new breed of portables by Apple. The main idea behind the PowerBook Duo 210 was to give a fully fledged desktop computer, which can also be used as a portable computer. Later on, Apple launched DuoDock. DuoDock allowed Duo machines to expand its features instantly, like more VRAM and larger hard drive. PowerBook Duo 210 was sold for around $2250.

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    4. PowerBook 190 (August-1995)

    PowerBook 190 was the last 68k CPU machine that Apple manufactured. It was sold for around $1700 for 4MB RAM model and $1900 for 8 MB RAM model.

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    5. PowerBook 5300 (August-1995)

    PowerBook 5300 was the very first PowerPC PowerBook. In 1995 PowerBook came in 2 RAM/HD configurations and 4 Screen configurations. One of these configurations model no. was 5300s. Many 5300s were shipped as Dead On Arrival (DOA), which later became the reason for Apple’s downfall in the 90s. The PowerBook 5300 was sold for around $2300.

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    6. PowerBook G3 (November-1997)

    As soon as PowerBook G3 was launched, it was named as the fastest notebook in the world. It was the first notebook to use Motorola/IBM’s third generation, PPC 750 processor. PPC 750 was the first processor specially designed to use a cache which was capable of interacting with the processor at a much faster speed than the standard L2 cache.

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    7. iBook (September-1999)

    iBook was launched in 1999 at the MacWorld and it was the much awaited notebook at that time. iBook was the first notebook with a handle, a feature that was (and is) rarely seen in any notebook. It was sold for around $1599.

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    8. PowerBook G4 (January-2001)

    PowerBook G4 was the new revamped version of the Apple’s PowerBook line of notebooks. It came with the stylish titanium enclosure, which was only 1 inch thick and 7 inch thinner than the PowerBook G3. However, this dramatic reduction increased the price. The PowerBook G4 was launched in two configurations, priced at $2199 and $2999 .

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    9. iBook (14.1 inch) (January-2002)

    This iBook was launched in January, 2002 and was quire identical to its earlier model, but it came with a screen of 14.1 inch. It was sold for around $1799.

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    10. PowerBook G4 (17 inch) (September-2003)

    PowerBook was similar to its earlier model, but the screen size was of 17 inch. It was sold for around $2999.

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    11. MacBook Pro (January-2006)

    MacBook Pro was the first Apple notebook to use Intel based processors. MacBook Pro can be considered as the final version of PowerBook G4 and this was the first notebook that had Mac in its name. Later Apple decided to drop the Powerbook series and adapt MacBook series completely. It was sold for around $2499.

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    12. MacBook Pro (17-inch) (April-2006)

    MacBook Pro contains 17 inch screen, plus all the features of the MacBook Pro 15.4 inch and many other improvements. This model was also shipped with Intel based processors and was sold for around $2799.

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    13. MacBook (May-2006)

    Macbook came in two colors Black and White. Macbook received a speed upgrade from Apple. Apple installed Intel core 2 Duo processors in the new Macbook series. MacBook was launched in 3 configurations and was sold for around $1099, $1299 and $1499.

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    14. MacBook Air (January-2008)

    MacBook Air was clearly the most sophisticated and the thinnest notebook ever released by Apple. It was the ultimate ultra-thin-high-end—ultra-portable notebook. Although Apple had to give up the optical drive for this, yet it didn’t stop consumers from buying it. Macbook Air received appreciation from bloggers and reviewers around the globe. It was sold for around $1799.

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    15. MacBook Pro (with Retina Display) (June-2012)

    MacBook Pro with the Retina Display is the latest gift from Apple to its users. This version is similar to the other MacBook Pro versions, but Apple took a giant leap forward by introducing Retina Display in its MacBook Pro line. We have seen Retina Display in Apple’s iPhone and iPad only. Apple has decided to sell MacBook Pro with Retina Display in two configurations, priced at $2199 and $2799.

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Microsoft Windows RT: All You Need to Know

June 22nd, 2012

Windows 8 has arrived and soon you’ll be using it on your computers and even on tablets. 

Microsoft recently announced that their new version of OS (Windows 8) will come in 4 editions, out of which, only two will be available in retail form for the consumers. Unlike Windows 7, there will be no Starter, Home Basic or Ultimate editions. Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro editions will be available to the consumers, Windows 8 Enterprise edition to ‘Software Assurance’ customers and Windows RT for ARM based devices, such as Tablet PCs.

Windows 8 and Windows RT, however, are not the same. Windows RT is capable of running Metro-Apps which we had seen only in Windows 7 based phones till now. They are a part of Metro-UI, which has live tiles and are linked to apps. So, even though Windows RT will not be able to run normal desktop programs, like Photoshop, it still offers plenty of programs that are worth looking at. So, what is Windows RT all about? If it can’t run desktop programs, what else will work on Windows RT? Read on and figure it out.

What exactly is Windows RT?

Windows RT is a version of Windows 8 operating system, but only for ARM based devices, such as Tablets. That is why it does not have 8 in its name and the RT in its name stands for Run Time. Its name is Windows RT instead of Windows 8 RT because it does not offer the full functionality of Windows 8. It can be said that Windows RT is the tablet version of Windows phone. You’ll get the same Metro-UI in Windows RT and no desktop based programs will work on it. Windows RT will come pre-installed in the devices which means you can’t buy it from a local software dealer.
 
A default version of Windows RT can download applications from Windows Store only and also get some applications pre-installed in it like Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and One Note.

Which apps will work on Windows RT?

This is where it gets complicated and Windows RT loses its charm. Windows RT is all about apps and metro apps. It cannot run your conventional windows desktop software, so you’ll be confined to the limited apps in Windows Store. Obviously, the app count in Windows Store will increase with time, but the developers are not showing any interest in Windows Mobile Os and Windows phone platform, and why will they, when they are getting everything and more with Android and iOS.
Microsoft had specified that developers will not be able to create an application using Win32 APIs for Windows RT. If someone wants to make an application which is capable of running on Windows RT, they’ll have to stick to Metro-UI.

From where can I buy Windows RT?

Windows RT will come pre-installed in devices and has no retail version. Right now there is no launch date for these devices, but Windows RT will definitely ship on a separate date from Windows 8. On 18th June, 2012, Microsoft announced two tablets, out of which, one is powered by Windows RT and another Windows 8 Pro.

Microsoft did not give Windows Surface – Windows RT variant a price tag, but rumors are that it will cost somewhere around $599 (Rs. 33,600).

 

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Microsoft Surface Tablet: All You Need to Know

June 19th, 2012

At a press event in Los Angeles on Monday, Microsoft pulled a rabbit out of the hat by announcing their own tablet line, Microsoft Surface. 

Although mystery invitations were sent out weeks before the event, nobody had a clue as to what the press event was going to be all about. The market was buzzing with rumours about the Microsoft event, which was eventually put to rest when the Surface Tablet was unveiled.

While unveiling the Microsoft Surface, Steve Ballmer touched upon the history of Microsoft products. The unveiling was followed by a description about the hardware of the Surface by Microsoft’s Steven Sinofsky.

Microsoft Surface will be launched in two variants, Windows RT and Windows 8 Pro. Windows RT version will be powered by an ARM Chipset, whereas the Windows Pro will get Intel’s latest Ivy Bridge chips of 22nm running on Windows 8.

The Windows RT version is just 9.3 mm thick, weighs around 676 gm and will have a 10.6 inch ClearType HD Display. Microsoft has also included MicroSD card slot and USB 2.0 in this version. It will also include a built-in kickstand and it will be the first tablet with a PVD (Physical Vapour Deposited) magnesium casing. The Windows RT version will further be available in two variants – 32GB and 64GB.

The Windows 8 Pro version is an Intel based tablet from Microsoft, which will run on Windows 8. It will be 13.5 mm thick, 903 gm weight and will also have USB 3.0 support. This version will also include magnesium casing with kickstand, and will offer consumers the storage option of 64GB and 128GB. The version will have 10.6 inch Clear Type Full HD Display and will also get digital ink support.

With both versions of the tablet, Windows RT and Windows 8 Pro, consumers will get an option to choose from two new types of covers, which will also act like a keyboard. Also introduced by Microsoft at the event was a new breed of tablet covers – Touch Keyboard cover and Type keyboard cover. While they are tablet covers, they will also fulfill the need of a keyboard while using the tablet. These covers will come in five different colours.

The latest product from Microsoft stands a good chance of finding favour with consumers since Microsoft Surface is not just a tablet, but a full-fledged PC. These tablets are capable of running programs. One can use Visual Studio or Photoshop in Microsoft Surface which is definitely not possible with the iPad or with Android.

So what do you think about the new Microsoft tablets? Will they work? Will you buy them? Share your thoughts with us.

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Apple’s Keynote at WWDC 2012: Updates, Upgrades and new Launch

June 14th, 2012

It’s the week we all have been waiting for Apple CEO Tim Cook kickstarted this year’s WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference 2012) yesterday at Moscone West, San Francisco. 

We have all heard the rumors that were going on about the WWDC event . Now it’s time to see, how many of them came true.

Yesterday, Tim Cook started the 23rd WWDC keynote with some stats about the company’s performance. He showcased some interesting stats about the Apple Store sharing how 30 Billion apps have been downloaded since the App Store was launched in 2008, how Apple paid over $5 billion to developers and how the Apple App Store is now available in 152 countries. Amazing right? Now let’s have a look at what Apple has in store for us this year.

WWDC announcements

In the starting of the keynote, Apple announced that the iOS, Mountain Lion, Macbooks and Mac Air will be discussed. This gave everyone a pretty good idea about what Apple is going to do.

Macbook Air

As we were hoping, Philip W. Schiller, senior vice president of worldwide marketing at Apple, introduced improvements to the Macbook Air. The new Macbook Air will now have Intel’s latest Ivy bridge processors in them. Here are the details of both Macbook Air 11-inch and 13-inch.

Apple also said that the Macbook Air Line will now come with USB 3.0.

Macbook Pro and Next Generation Macbook Pro

Apple introduced their new line of Macbook Pro laptops at WWDC. They said they have upgraded them with Intel’s Ivy bride chips, NVIDIA’s new Kepler-based GeForce GT 650M graphics and Retina display. Apple upgraded their Macbook Pro line and also gave us a new “next-gen Macbook Pro.”
Apple has refreshed the Macbook Pro hardware in a simple way and launched these Macbook Pro’s.

The real highlight of the event was the next-gen Macbook Pro which is not only the lightest Macbook Pro ever released but comes with Retina Display as well. Schiller called it “The most beautiful computer we have ever made.” This Next Gen Macbook Pro is not only beautiful from outside, but from inside too. It is loaded with 15.4 inch Retina Display, quad-core i7 processor, 2.3 Ghz, 8 GB RAM, storage capacity of 256 GB, NVIDIA’s GeForce GT 650M 1GB Graphics card, battery life of 7 hours and is only 0.71 inch thick. The price is the same as the 15-inch Macbook Pro.
Apple has said that all these new models of Macbook Air and Pro will start shipping from 11th June, 2012.

Next up OS X

The Mountain Lion is going see its ninth major release and will be available for download from the Mac App Store from July onwards. The new version of Mountain Lion is going have more than 200 new features including Notification Center, Facebook integration, Messages app, system-wide sharing, Power Nap, Dictation, Game Center and Gatekeeper with enhanced security. Apple also said that with the upgraded iCloud it will be easier to keep the data up to date across all devices.

iOS 6

Apple officially revealed iOS6 at the event. It is the next version of Mobile OS which will be used by iPhone, iPod, iPod Touch and Apple TV. According to Apple, it will also have more than 200 new features and will be available during fall for the 4th generation iPod touch, iPhone 3Gs and the 2nd and 3rd generation of iPad. While we are sure that the features will vary from product to product, you can go ahead and try the beta mode which is available on Apple’s website.
The new version of iOS will have enhancements in Siri like iPad compatibility language support, like Korean and Chinese, Facebook Integration, Do Not Disturb mode, upgraded safari with iCloud tabs, shared photo streams, mail, passbook, new maps, and several China specific features.

When it comes to Apple, more is less. Apple has always amazed us and they seem to be getting even better at it. So, what do you think? Are you satisfied with all these upgrades, updates and new launches? Share with us in comments.

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App of the Day: Camera+ (for iPhone)

June 13th, 2012

The Apple App Store might contain thousands of Camera apps, but we can guarantee that there is no app like Camera+. 

The Camera+ app has been serving as an iPhone camera replacement for the past two years now. The app is capable of making some complex adjustments to your photos in a quite simple way. The app is home to features like Image stabilization – which allows the camera to take a photo automatically, whenever your hand is steadier and Burst mode – for taking photos of fast moving objects.

But the real reason we recommend this app is for its editing features. For example, the Clarity filter gives any photo a professional camera like crispness. Camera+ has 36 FX effects, with intensities that are adjustable. We bet that no other iPhone App can beat the features that Camera+ offers.

Camera Functions

Camera+ has a Light Box design, which allows you to select photos to share, edit, or save. We all face the issue where we take a photo using the Flash Light of the camera and the photo either gets too bright or it doesn’t comes out the way we want. This is the part where Camera+ comes in. The app has a feature, Photo Flash Light, which keeps the LED of the phone on, so that your photo quality can be improved. There are different Shooting Modes in the app, from Stabilizer to Timer, for taking self portraits. The digital zoom function gives you the ability to zoom up to 6x with features like digital processing. Camera+ also has Grid Lines in it which eliminates any possible chance of taking a tilted photo.

Photo Editing

Editing a photo has become a part of an app. We want to edit a photo as soon as we take one and camera+ makes it possible. Camera+ gives you the option to add scenes in the photos, and by scenes we mean the same scene modes that you get with modern digital cameras. With Camera+, you can choose scene modes like, Clarity, Flash, Auto, Backlit, Cloudy, Darken, Shade, Sunset, Night, Beach, Scenery, Portrait, Concert and many more. All you have to do is just tap to choose one. Camera+ has 36 FX effects that you can give to your photos. These effects will simply add life to them. Camera+ also allows you to crop and rotate photos.

Style

With Camera+ you can show off your photography skills easily, but with the Border designs that Camera+ offers you, you’ll be able to give finishing touches to your photos in no time.

Sharing

Camera+ also has integrated social sharing within the app. You’ll be able to share or upload your photos directly to Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr. If you don’t want to share your photos on any social networking website, but still want to share it, you can mail it to anyone via mail from within the app. 

Camera+ has been in the App Store for more than two years and has sold more than 8 million copies. The app rules the Photo Video category of the Apple App Store with a rating of 4.5 stars. If we have to explain Camera+ in one line, we can safely say that “Camera+ is a fully loaded editing and camera app”. (Type: Paid, Camera+, $0.99)

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Airtime – All You Need to Know

June 10th, 2012

Sean Parker, the notable American entrepreneur and co-founder of the popular file sharing company, 

Napster has teamed up once again, with his Napster co-founder Shawn Fanning to create a new website named – Airtime.com.

What exactly is Airtime?

Airtime is a live platform which allows you to indulge in realtime chat with your Facebook friends in a fairly simple way. Apart from chatting with your own friends you can also connect with other users of Facebook based on your mutual Facebook interests. Airtime is built around Facebook and it uses the information which you published on Facebook.

Airtime is a lot similar to a service called Chatroulette launched in late 2009, which allowed you to video chat with random strangers from around the world. However, the website lost its charm because of complaints from the users regarding objectionable content being broadcasted by various other users. So, it would be safe to say that Airtime is a clothed version of Chatroulette.

Which personal information is shared?

While chatting with a Facebook friend, Airtime shows you his/her name and location, but when you chat with total strangers it doesn’t display your or his/her name and location. So, Airtime does not reveal anything personal unless you or the stranger on the other side decides to do so yourself.

Who can use Airtime?

If you have an active Facebook account with Adobe Flash installed in your system (and a web camera) you are eligible to use it. So, all you need is a Facebook account, which also makes it more secure because you will find actual, legitimate people to chat with and not some random stranger with twisted interests.

Is it safe to use it?

The company (Airtime) spent their entire last year in building a number of safety features for the website. The Visual Recognition Software is capable of spotting any unusual activity on the website while its built-in algorithm measures a user’s time he/she spends in talking with other users and then decides whether that user should be introduced to someone or not. Airtime has also hired contractors to review screen shots from the conversation which are reported as abuse. So, it can be said that it is safe to use.

Both Sean and Shawn have created something that can be considered as the Next Big Thing as it might revolutionize the way we connect to strangers. The duo have also said they are planning to include Airtime on iOs and Android via Apps.

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Is Your LinkedIn Account Safe?

June 10th, 2012

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On Wednesday (6th June, 2012) reports poured in that LinkedIn was hacked and around 6.5 million encrypted and hashed passwords were leaked. 

A Russian forum user said he hacked LinkedIn and gave proof of it by uploading 6,458,020 hashed passwords (without their usernames) online.

LinkedIn passwords are normally encrypted with SHA-1 cryptographic hash function, which is commonly used in TSL and SSL. This type of encryption is generally secure but not bullet proof. In short, anyone can hack them by applying some brain and a small amount of time.

This was just being considered a rumor until LinkedIn added credibility to it by posting this on their Twitter account.

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So, if you are worried that your LinkedIn account was one of those 6.5 Million accounts, then worry no more. A website named ‘Lastpass’ came up with a solution to check whether, or not, your password was one of the stolen passwords. So, this is how it works.

Open Lastpass’s Tool, enter your password and then click TEST MY PASSWORD. It then searches the SHA-1 hash code of your password within the 6.5 Million hash passwords that were leaked.

If your password was one of those hashed passwords, it will show you this message “Your password was one of the ones that was compromised.” and will recommend you to change it.

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We, too suggest that you change your LinkedIn password as well as passwords of you other accounts, especially if you use the same password for all of them.

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Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 2: Why to buy?

June 9th, 2012

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If you’re looking for a tablet which is portable, smaller and lighter than the iPad, then Samsung’s newly launched Galaxy Tab 2 is the one for you. 

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 is a power pack of elegant yet classy looks, decent performance, and portability and comes at price which doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket. In short, it is complete value for your money.

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Samsung is now the world leader when comes to manufacturing Android devices and what they’ve done with the new Galaxy Tab 2 is quite impressive. Every part and curve boasts of the time they’ve spent in perfecting it. The Galaxy Tab series had attracted many consumers because of their richer and user centric interface and Samsung, apparently, is trying to take this idea further with the Galaxy Tab 2. So, let’s have a closer look at why this tablet could be a must-buy for us.

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Facebook App Center: All You Need To Know

June 9th, 2012

Last night Facebook held a press conference in San Francisco, where they announced their new App Center for iOS, Android and for web as well. 

According to Facebook, this App Center is a place to find new Social Apps. This App center has already been rolled out for the web but is yet to make its debut in iOS and Android devices. We’ve noticed that all the web, canvas and mobile apps are listed in this App Center.

Facebook said this in its blog post: “The App Center is launching with over 600 apps, including new apps like Ghost Recon Commander, Jetpack Joyride, and Ghosts of Mistwood.” Facebook also revealed these stats about how users use applications:

More than 230 million people play games on Facebook every month
More than 130 games on Facebook have more than 1 million monthly active users.
More than 4,500 timeline apps have launched since f8 in September 2011.
Facebook drove people to the Apple App Store 83 million times in May.
Facebook drove people to iOS apps 134 million times in May (someone who already has the app and is directed back to it from Facebook.)
As of May, seven of the top 10 grossing iOS apps and six of the top 10 Android apps have integrated with Facebook.

This App Center will give you suggestions for installing new apps according to the apps that you’ve used before and which apps your friends are using. You’ll be able to browse the App Center through the Facebook app installed on your respective iOS or Android devices. Facebook has also created a webpage for browsing the App Center via a personal computer.

How it works?

Simply log into your Facebook account, type into your browser’s URL and you’ll be forwarded to the new web-based App Center of Facebook. There you’ll be able to see recommended apps, apps that your friends are using, top rated apps, and trending apps as well.

Then all you have to do is choose an App that you want to install, click on that app and you’ll be forwarded to the detail page of the app you just selected.

The app detail page is the one stop shop for all the information on an app. Here you can find how many users are using that app, what are the ratings, how many friends of yours are using it, who is the publisher and on which platform you can install it (like Android, iPad, iPhone, or Facebook.com).

If you are browsing the App Center via a computer, the App Center gives you an option to send that app to your mobile (if it is compatible to a mobile device). So, all the apps built for Android, iOS or the mobile web has a “Send to Mobile” button on the App detail page

Whenever an app requires a download, you’ll be forwarded to the install page on Google Play or Apple App Store.

This App Center of Facebook has also fueled rumors about Facebook developing its own mobile phone, which now seems to be true because there was no real need for Facebook to launch a separate app store. But whatever the case is, Facebook’s App Center opened new gates for developers for showcasing their free and paid apps. After all, Facebook is (sort of) a home for around 800 Million people. 

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What to Expect at WWDC 2012

June 9th, 2012

Apple will kickstart this year’s WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) event on Monday (11 th June, 2012)

 and there are already a huge pile of rumors about what Apple might showcase at the event. From iOS 6 to iPhone 5 to Apple HD TV, the expectations are endless. So, we thought of summing up the popular rumors and speculations about the upcoming Apple event for you.

High Probability

1. iOS 6

There are high chances of seeing the new version of iOS. We’ve already heard the rumors of Apple trying to integrate Facebook into iOS 6. There are also rumors of Apple’s planning to ditch Google Maps as well as rumors of updates in Siri.

2. Mountain Lion

We are expecting to find out the launch date of Mountain Lion at the event as it is already scheduled to launch in late summer this year.

3. Ivy Bridge Macs

News is there that Apple’s Mac range will get minor (or major) updates. Intel has recently released their Ivy Bridge chips and it seems that it is perfect for every Mac out there.

4. USB 3.0 in Macs

With the launch of Intel’s Ivy Bridge Chips, chances are there of seeing USB 3.0 in the entire Mac range.

5. (New) Macbook Pros

You all remember the Apple Macbook Pro line right? Rumor is that the Macbook pro will also undergo major changes. Apple is reportedly planning to remove the optical drives from them which might give you slimmer Macbook Pros with more battery backup.

Low Probability

1. iCloud Upgrade

Apple put in a lot of effort in developing iCloud and it’s just been a year since Apple launched it. Rumors are that Apple might give iCloud photo sharing capabilities and the abilitiy to sync videos as well. We hope Apple gives iCloud a boost by integrating it deeper into OS X and iOS.

2. USB 3.0 external Drives

If Apple removes optical drives from Macbook Pros, they will have to sell external optical drives which are either USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt based.

Least Probability

1. iPhone 5

The rumor mill is in full swing with this one. Although after reading all those rumors and news about iPhone 5, we think that the chances of launching another iPhone at WWDC 2012 are quite slim. But, we do expect to hear a launch date for the iPhone 5 (maybe in early October). However, if Apple decides to do launch the iPhone 5 on Monday, a 4 inch display and faster processor can be a part of it. Whatever the case is, the developers are definitely going to get a heads up for preparing themselves.

2. Apple TV

Speculations are rife that Apple might give TV the power to run apps and it started when talks about Apple HDTV started making rounds (which Apple may launch later this year). But, we do hope to hear some news about TV running Apps at the WWDC 2012 event.

3. iPad Mini

Only a couple of people reported about it and is nothing credible that can be considered. Even we think Apple is not serious about this one. Apple already rules the market with iPad, there is no apparent reason to launch an iPad Mini.

We are sure that we did not cover everything, but we did say we covered the most popular rumors. If you think there is something else that should be included in it, please share with us in the comments.

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