<p>At its Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple announced new MacBook Airs and Pros &mdash; including the next-generation model of the latter &mdash; and advances to its operating systems OS X Mountain Lion and iOS 6.</p>
<p><a class=”newpage” href=”http://blogs.forrester.com/ted_schadler/12-06-11-apples_developer_tour_de_force_and_what_it_means_for_cios” target=”_blank”>Ted Schadler blogs</a> that the announcements were a “developer tour de force,” and what is most impressive is the pace of innovation at Apple: These advances to the software come only one year after Apple’s last upgrades. As far as the new hardware goes,&nbsp;according to Schadler,&nbsp;”CIOs will wonder even louder about where HP and Dell and Microsoft are with comparable computers.”</p>
<p>The new features available on iOS 6 will enable the second generation of apps &mdash; much like Apple’s ecosystem enabled the first &mdash; <a class=”newpage” href=”http://blogs.forrester.com/thomas_husson/12-06-11-apples_ios_6_will_open_up_new_product_experiences” target=”_blank”>Thomas Husson writes</a>. Of particular note is news of Apple’s new mapping application. “This is mostly about enabling new product experiences for its own Apple-branded products and for developers to launch more convenient services on iOS devices. Indeed, location is no longer a service, like maps or navigation, but is increasingly an enabler of new product experiences,” writes Husson.</p>