8 Biggest Announcements During the Apple WWDC 2017
6 June 2017
8 Biggest Announcements During the Apple WWDC 2017
Apple’s WWDC 2017 Keynote just ended. Key executives Craig Federighi, Phil Schiller, and of course, Tim Cook, took the stage and announced updates headed to iPhones, Macbooks, and more.
Rumors for this year’s WWDC came in the final hours leading up to the event, with hints of newer and better hardware, and software news for developers to help prep the release of consumer updates later this year. A lot are also anticipating the company to finally take Siri up against the likes of Amazon’s Alexa and the Google Assistant - and looks like it arrived in the form of the Apple HomePod.
Here are all the biggest announcements from today’s keynote:
Let us take the Siri rumors out of the way: It looks like Apple is not just going to go up against Google Home and Amazon Echo, they are also going to battle Sonys entertainment system. Apple just launched a new at-home digital assistant called HomePod. The Homepod uses spacial awareness to tune and better fill the room based on the space it is in. You can also ask it more complex, music related questions like “What album came out on this day 20 years ago?”.
For more information on the Homepod. Go here.
The iMac Pro Along With Some More Desktops
Apple introduced updated iMac desktops with better retina displays, graphic boosts, Kaby Lake processors, and USB-C. The new desktops will also get support for VR content creation. During the keynote, the tech giant demoed this by showing off a VR game that features Darth Vader and a TIE fighter.
There is a new iMac Pro as well that has a 5k display with advanced cooling capacity together with an 8-core Xeon processor, up to 4TB of SSD, and up to 128 GB of ECC memory. The new iMac starts at $1,099 for the 21.5-inch model and $1,299 for the 4k model. Macbooks will get upgraded too; the Macbook Pro starting at $1,299, which includes the updated Kaby Lake processor. And the iMac Pro starts at $4,999 and will start selling in December.
The new version of iOS has some pretty cool social updates, such as an update to Siri. Siri has improved speech and it also has the ability to translate sentences into different languages, and device learnings that suggest actions based on what you do with your device. iMessages are now live in iCloud, conversations are also synchronized which means that you can delete any message from any device that you own as long as it is under the same account. You can now also send and receive payments via your iMessage - no more extra apps for payments.
Photo capture has improved, it now has better low-light performance, and the ability to edit live photos so you can change the key still image or trim the video. A new control center has also been added, it relies on 3d Touch and it condenses most of the controls on the lower half of the screen without looking cluttered.
There is also a new feature that recognizes when a user is driving and automatically turns on Do Not Disturb - an app that blocks notifications while you are driving. The App Store has been redesigned for better discovery, it also has a How To section for tips on how users can use popular apps. They are also bringing back the “App of the Day” section to promote users to open App Store frequently.
On the iPad, iOS 11 users can now do multiple tasks at once, you can just pull up an app from the dock and drag it onto the screen to split the display. In addition, you can now touch to hold and drag folders or files and drop them into a different app such as Mail or iMessage. Apple also talked about the Files app, which is a management system that you can use to sort files by size or date, similar to how you’d go through your files on a desktop or a laptop.
Apple introduced a new ARkit to let developers build augmented reality apps for the iPhone. This kit will help users find planes, track motion, and estimate scale and ambient lighting. Popular apps like Pokemon Go will also use this kit for improving real-time renders.
Rather than requiring external hardware like Microsoft’s HoloLens, The tech giant seems to be betting on ARKit to provide impressive quality imaging through devices that people already have. We will sure know how the quality actually compares when we get to use the real thing.
10.5-Inch iPad Pro
The iPad Pro will now be available in three different sizes, including the new 10.5-inch model which was introduced today. There’s a 12-megapixel camera just like the iPhone 7 including a 7MP selfie cam. It also supports USB 3.0 and has 10 hours of battery life.
A new feature has also been introduced called the ProMotion, it reduces the Apple Pencil’s latency to 20 milliseconds. It can automatically adjust the refresh rate based on what you are watching - fast-moving videos vs. still images. ProMotion also doubles the refresh rate up to 120Hz.
The 10.5-inch iPad Pro will be available starting next week for $649 USD.
The next version of macOS will be called High Sierra. It comes with updates for Safari that will help block site trackers and auto-playing videos. The tech giant also added new photo-editing tools like curves, and it has better filtering tools to sort images by faces or keywords.
An updated file management system is also part of the update. The file management system speeds up directory cloning with native encryption. In terms of graphics, there’s a new version of Metal - a support for VR - and a Metal 2 developer kit that can be ordered with an AMD GPU to tune apps for external graphics.
An update for the Apple Watch is also coming. The update will introduce new faces that will display different types of information, such as Siri reminders. There’s also a fitness-focused update that includes monthly challenges to encourage users to get more active. It also has NFC-enabled data sharing that allows the user to tap their Apple Watch on a gym equipment to pair the two, sharing the most accurate calorie burn and activity information.
So far this is all that we got from the keynote, stay tuned for more WWDC 2017 news
Photo source: MacRumors