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POSTED: Monday, June 11, 2012 - 3:47pm

UPDATED: Monday, June 11, 2012 - 3:48pm

Apple rolls out upgraded laptops, operating systems and a new GPS navigation system.

Apple is becoming friends with Facebook and saying goodbye to Google.

CEO Tim Cook unveiled his company's latest products and upgrades at Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco Monday.

Among the highlights were the the next generation MacBook pro, described as faster and thinner than any other laptop on the market.

The next generation Macbook Pro has retina display becoming the world's highest resolution notebook.

The company also added USB 3 to its laptop line, making it ten times faster and compatible with many more devices.

The company also announced a much anticipated stronger Facebook presence, making it easier to post Facebook comments and photos not only from any Apple mobile device but also Mac computers.

Apple's battle with Google has deepened as well.

Apple replaced Google Maps with its own GPS navigation system and satellite viewing, much like Google Earth.

Siri becomes smarter in the latest version of IOS 6, with better sports scores, restaurant reviews and reservations and movie information.

Within the next year many car manufacturers will come equipped with a Siri button on the steering wheel so drivers can bring up Siri while keeping eyes on the road.

Missing from the announcements were any sign of an Apple TV set.

The company has yet to take a bigger bite out of the television market.

Apple also didn't mention a new iPhone 5.

Many analysts expect that announcement later this year.

The new "Mountain Lion" operating system will be released in July, and takes even more advantage of iCloud integration of information across all Apple devices.

IOS6 will be released sometime in the fall.
 

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