Apple went through, by our count, six hundred million billion new features that'll be present in the next versions of its operating systems, both Mac OS X Mountain Lion for computers and iOS 6 for iPhones, iPads, and iPods Touch. Some of them we don't care about. Some we do! Here's what we liked.
Call screening: When you get a call and can't answer it, because you're busy or because it's someone you'd rather not talk to, you can let it ring, or pick up and then disconnect immediately. Not very futuristic options! The next version of the Phone app for iOS will give you the ability to disconnect and reply with any of several preset options, like "I'll call you later," or a custom message of your own. Great feature.
Siri: We are not thrilled with Siri--we are generally not convinced that in most situations it's a better option than just using your fingers, and Siri as a service has a lot of issues with comprehension. But the updated Siri is more knowledgeable (it understands sports things now, for example) and has more power (to launch apps, among others).
Better maps (hopefully): Apple booted Google Maps from the default Maps app, replacing it with its own. Even the mapping data is coming from Apple now--Apple's been snapping up smallish map-makers for awhile--and it's got some features that Google Maps for iOS has long been missing, especially turn-by-turn navigation. (Also, a crazy helicopter-looking "Flyover" mode that looks really pretty--but not really useful.) That said, it remains to be seen if Apple's mapping system is as comprehensive and easy as Google's.
Passbook: A nice app for those of us who fly a lot, or, if we're being more honest, those of us who take the eleven-dollar Bolt Bus a lot, Passbook collects all of your passes (like boarding passes or coupons) in one place.
Upload photos to web: Okay, so, we are fully aware that this is something of GREAT AND PRESSING INTEREST to bloggers and maybe passing interest to normal people, but the ability to click the "upload" button on webpages in Safari and upload photos from the iPhone or iPad is awesome. One step closer to making the iPad an actual possible work device.
MAC OS X: MOUNTAIN LION
AirPlay mirroring: Have an Apple TV, Boxee Box or other AirPlay-enabled streaming box hooked up to your TV? Mirroring your screen on the TV is now a one-click affair. No more screwing around with cords and adapters.
iCloud tabs: Tabs in Safari are synced between all your machines--if you have a tab open at home, you can get it open at work.
Notification Center: Growl, basically. Growl is great! All your notifications (new emails, messages, updates, etc) live in the upper-right corner of your screen.
iMessage on Mac: iMessages are synced to Mac now, which is great given that iMessage is free. Turns it into something more like Google Chat or AIM.
Those are the things that really jumped out at us--in addition to the hardware, of course.
Call screening feature is playing catch-up with all other OS's and the maps is unknown as to whether it will best google as they just updated their own maps. Icloud tabs is a ripoff of google chrome and imessage on Mac is ok. You can use google talk to do that currently among others. Only good thing is that its integrated with texts. Retina Mac who cares at $2200, silent fan is good if true but this is hardware
@jacks721 Obviously you do not use iOS as much as other operating systems. The maps is definitely better than google, if you compare them side by side. iCloud tabs is not a ripoff, it is a new concept of syncing ACROSS platforms. Retina MacBook Pro is a breakthrough, and it probably beats every single portable PC on the market. Of course, it has the FIRST retina screen 220dpi on any PC, as well as 2 thunderbolt ports and 2 USB 3/2 ports. Got anything better than that at $2200?
"and it's got some features that Google Maps for iOS has long been missing, especially turn-by-turn navigation"
I'm sorry, but you obviously do not own or have played with a google phone in the last three years. Google maps in google phones has had spoken turn by turn navigation for at least a few years now, and it's so good I even stopped using my Garmin GPS. If what you mean is that google maps has been missing turn by turn navigation WITHIN APPLE PRODUCTS (like iPhone and iPad), you should specify that. I am tired of hearing people praise Apple for "Finally" coming up with a product that in reality has already been available for years before in other products. Same thing with Siri, I've already had three models of google phones (in the last 3 years) that have had voice recognition.
@AArtisti1976. Just to let you know, the quote you included in your post does tell you that they are talking specifically about apple devices when they say "Google Maps for iOS", iOS is Apple's mobile operating system. Also, Apple did come up with their own product for maps that can finally rival Google's. This is a big deal because Google does not allow turn by turn functionality to be used on iOS through their API. This is largely due to Google's interest in the Android platform. I am an iOS developer, and I am very excited about this "new" feature (Among many other new announcements).
@pen13531 What does apple's map have that google's doesnt. Google just updated there maps to have 3d flyover imaging. Already has 3d buildings. Navigation... what does apple do better????? The iCloud tabs is a ripoff of google chrome. You have google chrome on computer and phone with the tabs syncing between them. Also, .y point about the $2200 dollar laptop is that 99% of people will not get this due to price. And I don't think it is that crazy an accomplishment. Just going to need more processing power and there are better computers that you can get for that price. Microsoft surface is much more of an innovation
silly apple and their game of catch-up