19:58Thanks for joining us for the live blog. Here is Cook's closing words: "Only Apple could make such amazing hardware, software, and services. We are so proud of these products. They are perfect examples of what Apple does best. Ultimately, it's why people come to work at Apple, and with Apple. To create products that empower people. To make a difference. The products we make, combined with the apps that you create, can fundamentally change the world."
19:55Well, there is no "one more thing" as Cook wraps up. No big announcement on Apple TV, which remains deep in the rumour mill, and no new iPhone - but that is not much of a surprise to anyone. It's all about that new Mac, though, which looks quite jaw dropping, along with Apple's Google Maps-slaying Maps app.
19:54The operating system will support iPhones of the 3GS model and upwards, along with the second and third generation iPads, and the fourth generation of the iPod touch.
19:53Forstall says iOS 6 is being handed to developers in beta today, and will release in the Autumn to consumers, presumably alongside the next generation of the iPhone.
19:52Other new features in iOS 6. Game Centre is getting challenges, similar to achievements in Xbox Live on Windows Phone. There is also "Made for iPhone" for hearing assistance, along with "Lost Mode" for iOS devices.
19:49Maps features 100m business listings, and traffic on the app is monitored in realtime. Discussing turn-by-turn navigation. Voice guides you where to go just like a car SatNav system. Tapping on "overview" shows the whole route, and you can then zoom and pan over. The system is not a world away from Google Maps, but it looks sharper and more beautiful.
19:46Forstall switches to aerial view, then turns the image to see the 3D city-scape. The image is being rendered in 3D, just looks amazing. Goes to the Sydney Opera House, switches the camera angle and shows the skyline of Sydney.
19:44Ok, gauntlet laid down to Google. Maps integrated with information from services such as Yelp, is fully integrated with Siri so can use voice commands to find locations. Also turn by turn navigation. 3D maps of major areas also confirmed, amazing. Can zoom in to see detail of buildings and landmarks.
19:41Forstall confirms Maps for iOS! Says it is a completely bespoke mapping experience and shows it in action for various major cities, New York City and San Francisco. Take that Google Maps! "In iOS 6, we have built an entire new mapping solution from the ground up, and it is beautiful," says Forstall.
19:40Forstall announces VIP - a new feature in Messages that features a special mailbox into which important people's messages go directly. Passbook is "the simplest way to get all of your passes in one place". Guided Access improves the accessibility of iOS devices.
19:37Reading Lists are also available offline now. Photostream is being introduced, this means that users can choose the photos they want to share, then select the friends they want to share them with and that's it. The friends get a push notification and they can look at the images. They can be viewed in iPhoto or Aperture, along with Windows devices and Apple TV.
19:34The iCloud tabs discussed earlier with the Mac Safari browser are also available on iOS, this means that you can access your desktop tabs on your iPhone or iPad.
19:33FaceTime video calling is now available over 3G as well as WiFi. Big applause! Nice feature - You can use your phone number and Apple ID to answer an iPhone call on either your iPad or Mac. With Mountain Lion launch, this is also true for iMessages.
19:31Coming thick and fast now. "Do not disturb" setting means push notifications are muted and the screen won't light up. Phone calls can be screened, so that everyone can be ignored or just a few people given access.
19:29Forstall talking about new options for incoming calls. You can slide up to set a reminder later, or send a message back. There are buttons for things like "call me later" and you can also set smart reminders, such as a "remind me when I leave" and the device will give you a nudge to call them back before you go.
19:25Works the same as Twitter, iOS users just sign in once and those details will be shared. Forstall says there will be "deep integration" of Facebook into iOS 6. Also integrated into the App Store, means you can see what your friends "like".
19:23Siri announced for the new iPad in iOS 6! Close Facebook integration also confirmed!
19:22New in-car feature, involving a button close to the steering wheel that allows you to access Siri without the distraction of the phone screen lighting up. A number of car makers are looking to integrate into models in the next 12 months, says Forstall. More languages coming too, including Cantonese, Mandarin and Spanish.
19:19Siri has been made more intelligent in iOS 6 and offers a broader breadth of information. He plays a clip of The Avengers, then asks, "Show me movies starring Scarlett Johansson" and then the voice assistant does it. There is integration with other information sources, such as Rotten Tomatoes for movie reviews. You can also say something like "play Temple Run" and it will just go straight to the app. You can access sports scores, make dinner reservations through Yelp and Open Table, and tweet straight into your phone.
19:16He is playing around with Siri on the iPhone. Asking stuff about US sports, doesn't he know that Euro 2012 is on?!
19:13Scott Forstall, Apple's senior vice president of iOS software, is on stage, and he officially announces iOS 6! Says it will have 200 enhancements, including updates to Siri.
19:12The fake Stig slopes off stage. Woeful. Federighi says that Mountain Lion will ship next month and cost just $19.99 from the Mac App Store. The Mountain Lion upgrade will be free with new laptops.
19:05Top Gear's The Stig is on stage. Actually, it's just a fake Stig with the gaming handle of Racing OS X. He is playing CSR Racing against Federighi, and has won. "Well, I guess with an outfit like that you should win," says the good loser.
19:03So, the key new features: iMessage launches on the Mac, Notifications will slide in and disappear, Alerts can be turned off if you don't want to be disturbed, AirPlay Mirroring enables content from the Mac screen to be projected onto a HD TV via Apple TV. On to GameCenter - Apple supports turn-based and head-to-head gaming, along with Mac to OS cross device gaming. New feature called PowerNap, which automatically refreshes the data on your various devices while the computer is in sleep mode.
19:00Talking about dictation. Can 'talk' direct into your word processor, or Facebook of third party applications, such as Microsoft Word "if you like", he says. That raises a few laughs. It's not Siri though. Moved on to Safari browser. You can tweet direct from Safari and there are other sharing options built direct into the OS. The tab system has been streamlined with tap view. We are on the National Geographic page, seeing the new "scrolling system" that is described as "smooth and lightning fast".
18:52Apple Mac chief Craig Federighi on stage, says the new Reminders app is iCloud-enabled. This means that you can get a reminder on your iPhone, but then choose to respond on your Mac. Everything is linked up. It's also location based for the first time.
18:51Talking about OSX 10 Mountain Lion. Has 200 different features, but he is going to focus on eight today. Start with iCloud, which has 125m users worldwide. Mountain Lion brings Messages, Reminders and Notes from iOS, along with Documents in the Cloud. Document libraries will be updated across all your devices, including iOS.
18:46Wow, the next-generation MacBook Pro with Retina display starts shipping today!
18:45So the new MacBook is a seriously impressive machine. It will let users watch full-size 1080p video on it "with over three million pixels left over". It's also green too, Energy Star 5.2, Arsenic-free, and all totally recyclable. But all this doesn't come cheap, $2,199 is the starting price for the model with the 2.3GHz quad-core chip, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage. You can also "configure it even beyond that", so a model costing more than $3,000 could be possible.
18:41Showing video highlighting the power of the new MacBook with that Coldplay track playing. They do like Chris Martin, don't they? Doesn't he have a kid called Apple too?
18:40Just recapping - The MacBook Air and Pro lines have been upgraded. The new MacBook Pros Airs to ship today, while the new MacBook Pros are getting faster graphics and memory - 2.5Ghz i5/2.9Ghz i7 - 13-inch and 2.3Ghz/2.6Ghz quadcore i7 for the 15-inch.
13-inch starts at $1,199, and rises to $1,499 for the dual-core i7. The 15-inch will cost $1,799 or $2,199 for the fast model.
18:36New laptop has up to 2.7GHz quad-core Core i7s, up to 16GB of RAM! Kepler GT 650M graphics and 768GB of internal flash storage. Other features include SD, HDMI and USB 3.0, MagSafe 2, Thunderbolt, USB 3 and a headphone jack. Can apparently get seven hours of battery life, thanks to "breakthrough work in asymmetric batteries".
18:33Apps and services have been upgraded for new Retina display, such as Safari web browsing, Aperture for photos and Final Cut Pro for movies. Along with autodesk and Photoshop, and Diablo 3 - "You are going to see a gaming experience unlike any you've seen before," says Schiller.
18:31Laptop is 15.4-inches across, but has pixel resolution of 2880 x 1800, boasting 220 pixels per inch. Said to have the "world's highest resolution for a notebook". Higher contrast ratio and deeper blacks, plus Apple has been able to reduce the glare. It seems to be called the "next generation MacBook Pro".
18:28Crowd whoops and claps at the incredible thin form factor, almost as thin as the Air. Schiller says that it's "truly a breakthrough in engineering". It's 0.71 inches thin, that is a quarter thinner than the current Pro. Weighs 4.46 pounds, the lightest Pro ever made. And yes, the Retina display is confirmed!
18:25Team asked "what would make a next generation MacBook Pro?" Schiller says, "a killer display". Retina incoming!
18:24Brand new Mac announced! It's under a black cover!
18:22So the new MacBook Air comes with 3rd gen chips, the new Ivy Bridge chips recently introduced by Intel. This means 2GHz dual-core i7, up to 3.2GHz, up to 8GB of 1600MHz memory. This will bring "60% faster graphics," he says. 512GB of flash storage, half a terrabyte. USB 3.0 confirmed. FaceTime HD camera. Said to be $100 cheaper than previous MacBook Air models.
18:18Ok, now we're getting started. Cook says new hardware will be announced today. "Today we're announcing exciting new changes in our notebook lineup...," he says. Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller gets on stage to discuss the new MacBook line
18:17He says that the video is "a great reminder of what it's all about, and why we do what we do". And thanks the developers for their "incredible apps".
18:15Video has finished and now Tim Cook is back on the stage.
18:14It's still France 1 England 1 in the football apparently. England could probably do with a Wayne Rooney app right now. Rather beautifully produced video being shown covering more app entrepreneurs, particularly highlighting the way people use the iPad to make life easier, such as for speech therapy.
18:09Showing a video about the App Store, featuring a man walking through a forest using a walking app using voice navigation. He wanted to develop an app to help "blind people discover the world". Now featuring a developer in India.
18:08Talking about App Store stats. There are now 400 million accounts on the App Store, along with 650,000 apps, including 225,000 specifically for iPad. Users have now downloaded 30 billion apps worldwide, and the store has generated more than $5bn in revenue for third party developers. Cook describes the App Store as "an economy in itself" - it runs in 120 countries and will soon expand into an additional 32.
18:05Now Apple boss Tim Cook on stage, says WWDC is the longest running developer conference. 2012 event sold out in just 1 hour 44 minutes. More than a thousand Apple engineers at conference for the week, "we've closed down Apple for the week," he jokes.
18:03Now Siri is doing its own announcement, to great amusement from the crowd. She's doing jokes! "How many developer's does it take to change a lightbulb?" answer: "None, that's a hardware problem." Now having a go at Google Android, "Ice Cream Sandwich, Gingerbread? Who is making up these names, Ben & Jerry?"
18:01'Paradise' by Coldplay plays, signalling the final countdown to the keynote.
17:59Back to iOS, Engadget said earlier that they want Apple to open up the keyboard on the OS and allow people to use things like the SwitfKey system on Android. The writer says that shifting from SwiftKey back to the iOS keyboard on an iPhone or iPad "feels like trading in your Ferrari for a tired Corolla that's seen 150,000 miles of hard use as a rental car". http://engt.co/KZIHIY
17:55It seems unlikely that we will see the iPhone 5, or 'new iPhone' today, but we shouldn't rule it out entirely. It is possibly more likely that Apple will refresh the Mac lineup, introducing Retina high resolution displays. Apple TV remains a mystery - is it a hobby? Or the future of the company? Cook said recently that TV was of 'intense interest' to Apple, but does that extend to a full-blown connected set?
17:51Well, iOS 6 is already well out of the bag with banners all over the Moscone centre in San Francisco. The potential maps announcement could also be interesting, especially with talk of military-grade equipment being used by Apple for aerial photographs. The cameras can see you sunbathing in the back garden apparently...