WWDC 2017

Apple’s yearly software event was this year jam packed with not only new software features but also new products and updates to Apple products across the board.

What Apple announced:

IOS 11 – with a lot of features for the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil, that move the tablet even closer to being a laptop replacement for many people. Features such as drag and drop, more multitasking, a document scanner, Files, instant markup, instant notes that lets you take notes on the lock screen and a new dock.

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MacOS High Sierra with more enhanced features and better performance. Features include built in encryption, crash safe protections, advanced editing tools for Photo’s, new editing tools for Live Photo’s, intelligent tracking prevention, a more natural Siri with better voice expression, and emphasis based on what it’s saying.

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WatchOS 4 gives more watch faces such as Woody, Jesse and Buzz, the OS also brings updates to fitness tracking including a user interface for the work out app and new integrations with gym equipment. Music management is also improved.

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New iPad 10.5” and an updated 12.9” iPad Pro. Better screens which are brighter at 600 nits, a higher refresh rate of 120hz, P3 wide colour display, lower reflectivity, 64-bit architecture, A10X Fusion Chip and 10 hour battery life. The cameras have also been improved, with a 12MP camera and a 7MP front facing camera. Touch ID is also 2x faster than the previous generation. The new iPad Pro 10.5″ and the updated 12.9″ iPad Pro also have a higher 512GB storage option.

The 10.5″ iPad Pro starts at £619 for 64GB and goes up to £889 for 512GB of storage on a Wifi only option, while the 12.9″ iPad Pro starts at £769 for 64GB and goes all the way up to £1039 for a 512GB wifi only model.

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iMac’s were updated with faster processors (Kaby Lake) faster SSD speeds (50% faster than previous gen) up to 8GB dedicated Graphics and a better screen that is now 500 nits with 1 billion colours, P3 colour that moves away from standard LEDs.

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Another iMac was announced that no one saw coming, it is called the iMac Pro and it has an insane amount of power, up to 18 cores Xeon processorTurbo speeds of 4.5GHz, 42MB cache, 22 teraflops of half precision, 16GB High Bandwidth Memory, 400GB/s memory bandwidth, up to 128GB of 2666 MHz DDR4 ECC memory and up to 4TB of all flash storage. The iMac Pro will be available in December and has a starting price of $4999 there is no UK price at the moment.

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The 12” MacBook was also updated to an M form of the Kabylake processor and given a higher 16GB memory option. The MacBook Pro’s were updated with Kabylake processors along with the MacBook Air that was also given a Kabylake update.

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The last product of the event was the much rumoured Siri speaker which got it’s official name HomePod and is a speaker that sits in a room of your house playing music and taking commands from Siri, the speaker can set alarms, it also senses the room and tunes the music by itself, it can also hear you across the room and has encryption to protect privacy. The HomePod speaker will go on sale in December of this year in both the US and the U.K it is priced at $349 at this particular time the U.K price is not known.

 

 

 

 

 

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