15 KEY Takeaways from Apple’s Blockbuster Event

Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) WWDC conference is complete tech mayhem, as expected. This is Tim Cook’s first WWDC without the late Steve Jobs, so he has no choice but to pull out all the stops.

So far, he’s done just that. Here are 15 facts you must read now from one of the most important tech conferences of the year:

1) Safari now downloads and caches anything so you can read it later when you might not have a connection.

2) FaceTime over cellular gets a huge reaction from the crowd: You can set up both a phone number and an Apple ID, and calls will come through to iPhone, iPad, Mac, etc.

3) Facebook Integration: Update Facebook from within Photos, Safari, iTunes, Maps, Game Center, and Siri.

4) Apple working with BMW, GM (NYSE:GM), Mercedes, Land Rover, Jaguar, Audi, Toyota (NYSE:TM), Chrysler and Honda (NYSE:HMC) for Siri support.

5) Apple Maps: There’s a 3D control on-screen. Part of Maps is local search — Apple has added more than 10 million business listings already. Apple is also building a traffic service for Maps, with incident reports.

6) Apple has a installed base of Mac users over 66 million users.

7) Like iPad, dictation is built into the new Mountain Lion and works in every program.

8) New Safari has the fastest JavaScript, beating Internet Explorer 9 (NASDAQ:MSFT), Google Chrome 19 (NASDAQ:GOOG), and Firefox 13.

9) OS X Game Center: turn-to-turn and head-to-head gaming supported, cross-platform. You on your device, your friend on his.

10) AirPlay Mirroring: Pixel-for-pixel, 1080p wireless to your TV. “It’s the easiest way to share content.”

11) Apple has “The largest number of credit cards on file anywhere in the world”.

12) The new MacBook Pro has 3 million more pixels than an HDTV!

13) Ouch! Price tag hurts…15.4-inch, 2.3GHz quad i7, 8GB RAM, GT 650M 1GB, 256GB SSD, 7hr battery for $2199.

14) Mail, Safari, iMovie,and iPhoto have all been updated.

15) New MacBook Air Specs: Ivy Bridge 3rd Gen Core processors, up to 2GHz dual-core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz., up to 8GB 1600MHz memory, up to 60% faster graphics, up to 512GB SSD and Getting USB 3.0!

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