Apple’s WWDC 2017 Round Up: iMAC Pro, HomePod, iOS 11 & More

Apple has consistently held an annual worldwide developer conference every year with the aim of bringing together developers from all around the world to mingle with Apple’s in-house engineers over software sessions and other related workshops.

This year’s event has been taking place in San Jose California at the McEnery Convention Center and it is set to end today. It’s actually the first time that the event has taken place outside San Francisco.

As you would have guessed, the company did introduce a couple of new hardware products as well as software platforms. So let’s sample them out.

Macs

New Macs like the iMac Pro were unveiled. Some like the MacBook Pro got an upgrade to Intel’s newly out Kaby Lake Intel Core processor. Apple also added an additional cheaper model that comes with 128 GB for storage. The MacBook Air wasn’t left out as it also got a speed boost.

The rest of the iMac models that were unveiled are set to feature the latest Kaby Lake processor, USB-C, improved display and a host of other powerful and new features.

But what really stole the show was the iMac Pro. It’s no doubt the most powerful (and expensive) machine to ever come out of Apple. It’s space gray in color and comes packed with among other things an 8-core Xeon processor with room to scale it up to 18-core, 5k display, AMD Radeon Vega GPU, up to 16GB of VRAM, 4 TB of storage and a lot more.

However, you will have to wait until Dec to lay your hands on this little monster. It’s set to retail at $4,999.

iOS 11, macOS 10.13 & watchOS 4

iOS 11 is the last iOS version and during the event, Apple made the first developer preview public. Some of the changes to expect include updates and minor improvements to the messages app, app store, the camera app as well as the photos app.

Not forgetting to mention the lock screen notifications and the control center both of which have also been redesigned. Peer to peer money transfer is also another major feature in this version.

As for the watchOS4, expect improved Siri translations and a couple of updates that seek to enhance its overall performance. Gym equipment creators will also be able to utilize some of the new integrations and on top of that, the workout app bears a new user interface.

Named High Sierra, the new macOS also comes loaded with a new file system, support for virtual reality, HEVC, new video standard and so much more.

Siri Speaker

Siri Speaker looks to redefining how we consume music in our homes. Apple has called this intelligent speaker the HomePod. The speaker, powered by the company’s A8 chip, has seven tweeters, a 4-inch woofer designed by Apple and a total of six microphones.

Design-wise, it’s clothed in a mesh body and is a little under 7-inches in height. More importantly, it’s integrated with Siri which has Apple Music integrated into it as well. So there’s a lot more you could with this speaker with the help of just your voice.

HomePod will be available towards the end of this year and will retail at $349.

iPad Pro

New versions of the iPad Pro were unveiled as well during this conference. There’s the model with a 10.5-inch display which replaces the previous 9.7-inch model and adopts a shrunk bezel to refine its design.

Other features the two models come equipped with include ProMotion display technology which they claim improves the refresh rate and enhances responsiveness and motion smoothness.

And to refine the performance, the new models feature a new A10X Fusion chop and the iPhone 7’s camera.

Well, the list isn’t over yet. Other items that also got unveiled at the conference include:

  • New watch bands
  • New iPad cases
  • A new wireless magic keyboard complete with numeric keyboard

You can watch the video below for a quick overview of these big announcements

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