Apple’s WWDC 2017 keynote just wrapped yesterday night, hence the first thing I’m doing today is this, where key executives Craig Federighi, Phil Schiller, and, of course, Tim Cook, took the stage to announce updates headed to the Company’s greatest devices: iPhones, MacBooks, Apple TV, and more. So, let’s do it:
macOS High Sierra
Apple isn’t doing a major macOS update this year, as we could definitely guess from the name itself, — instead, the company has spent the year “perfecting it, and debugging it all the way” Apple SVP Craig Federighi said. It will come with updates to Safari, the only browser that gets reminded by Android fans on the WWDC day, that help block site trackers and autoplaying videos (Ah, Finally!). Apple’s also added new photo-editing tools like curves (helpful for those who don’t have Adobe Photoshop), and it has better filtering tools to sort images by keywords or faces. Click here to know more and download the preview!
It comes in with a faster new “backstage” file system; a stronger updated graphics engine that supports VR development; and support for the Unity and Unreal gaming engines (which drew a round of applause from the developer audience, Yes, we’re serious!).
tvOS & watchOS 4
Apple had only a single thing to say about tvOS: The Apple TV is getting a big new content source, as Amazon Prime Video is coming soon to Apple TV and Apple’s “new-like” TV app. Apple CEO Tim Cook promised more updates around tvOS later this year.
The new OS introduces new faces that display different types of information, such as Siri reminders and more visual ones too. A new Siri-powered watch face uses machine learning to customise its content in real time throughout the day, including reminders, traffic info, upcoming meetings, news, smart home controls, etc., when they are needed to be shown. New fitness features include smarter workout controls, more prompts to set goals, and two-way workout data exchange with certain gym equipment. You’ll also be able to use the watch face as a flashlight or blinking light during runs — a neat safety touch. And, it has bluetooth now! Click here to know more!
iMac Pro & new Macs
Apple also showed off a sneak peek at a new, high-performance version of the iMac — a 27-inch, space grey (hell yeah!) iMac Pro, with up to 18 processor cores — that’s shipping in December. Starting at $4999, this is designed for Pro users, including those waiting while Apple resuscitates its Mac Pro desktop. Tim Cook called it “pretty badass.” Click here to know more!
The new Mac are getting nicer displays, faster processors and graphics performance updates — suitable for VR content creation — more memory capacity, and some new ports. That’s it pretty much. LOL. Click here to know more!
iOS 11 with AR Kit
Siri is upgraded. Translates and speaks and understands better. iMessages allow payments, P2P included. Camera will use better algos to reduce size but improve quality. The lock screen and the notif screen are merging into one (no one asked for it, bleh). A new “do not disturb while driving” mode blanks the screen and silences the notifications. Coming this fall, click here to know more.
Apple is calling it the “largest AR platform in the world.” (Facebook and Google have also recently touted AR platforms.) It will also offer new machine learning and natural language capabilities, including things like face tracking and photo recognition and more!
iPad Pro 10.5-inch
It has thinner borders around its edges, but still has a home button, and will support a full-width keyboard cover now. A new feature called ProMotion, which updates its content up to 120 times per second — making it feel smoother and more responsive. It has a dock now. The 10.5-inch iPad Pro will start at $649, and will start shipping next week.
HomePod: Apple’s new Siri speaker
A new “breakthrough home speaker” that it will start selling in December in white and space gray for $349. The speaker will sense the shape of your room (as per Apple) and customize audio for its surroundings (and can be paired with a second HomePod for greater effect).
The “Musicologist” feature responds to “Hey, Siri,” play from your Apple Music account, and answer questions about the music it’s playing. It will also handle other Siri queries, such as weather, news, messages, podcasts, stocks, controlling smart home devices via HomeKit, etc. A big breakthrough — a company that notably decided not to ship a TV set. There’s plenty to unbox here. Peace!
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