This year's WWDC keynote was jam-packed with new products from the technology giant. But the company's biggest new development wasn't in hardware or software.
Apple may have just had the most eventful keynote in recent memory. Among the changes: a major hardware facelift to the Macbook Pro; the addition of useful new features in Mac OS X Mountain Lion, such as desktop notifications and the ability to share anything from any application with a click; a new version of iOS, Apple's mobile operating system; and big new plans for Siri, including iPad and automobile integration.
All these new goodies will give tech journalists a lot of fodder to chew on for the next few weeks. But something else intriguing happened today: The company repeatedly went out of its way to mention China. In the midst of unveiling Mountain Lion, Senior VP for Mac OS X Craig Federighi stopped to give Chinese-language features their very own chapter in the demo. He showed off a revamped character input method, and a new Chinese dictionary. In a major move, Safari now has built-in support for Baidu, mainland China's biggest search engine, and you can share content to video-hosting sites Tudou and Youku -- services that many Americans associate with pirated movies and TV shows but to the average Chinese are merely the local flavor of YouTube.