Apple unveiled useful tweaks and new ideas at its Worldwide Developer Conference. Take a peek at our favorites, from MacBook Pro to iOS 6.
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Siri opened the World Wide Developer Conference keynote with a brilliant stand-up routine, noting, for instance, that new versions of Android--Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean--were shipping or forthcoming, and asking: "Who names these things, Ben & Jerry?" Besides evolving her sense of humor, Siri can now launch apps, find all sorts of sports information, make restaurant reservations, find movie reviews, and more. Siri also supports many more languages (it now works in 15 countries). Apple has worked with a dozen car manufacturers to include Siri support right from the steering wheel. (Apple calls this Eyes Free.) This will be available in the next 12 months, Apple said. You can also use Siri to post Tweets and Facebook status updates. And it will now work on the newest iPad.
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