WWDC 2017: macOS High Sierra, watchOS 4 and iOS 11
Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference 2017, popularly known as WWDC started yesterday. Key Apple executives including Tim Cook, Craig Federighi, Phil Schiller took the stage and made new announcements at the WWDC 2017 keynote. As expected there were multiple announcements ranging from Watch OS 4 to iMac Pro.
Some of the highlights from the keynote are:
With HomePod speaker announced at WWDC 2017, Apple has not only attacked smart speakers such as Amazon Echo and Google Home but also Sonos home entertainment. HomePod is an excellent looking device and has built in Siri. It comes with A8 chip, Seven-tweeter array, Six-microphone array, High excursion woofer.
Read: All about Apple HomePod
Depending on its position in the room, HomePod adapts its sound to provide the best audio experience. It can be paired with other HomePod speaker to provide a more immersive experience.
“Hey Siri” wakes up the device and you can then ask it to play music. It can even play music from Apple Music. Not only music, you can use HomePod to control your smart devices with voice commands. It can also answer questions related to Sports, Weather, Traffic etc.
Starting December, HomePod will be available at $349 to customers in US, UK and Australia. Interested customers in other market will have to wait until next year.
iOS 11- Complete Makover
iOS has always been known for its streamlined and simple approach towards things. With iOS 11 announced at WWDC 2017, Apple has taken this to a new level. For all those Apple aficionado, and whooping 86% iDevices have iOS 10 compared to the measly 7% Android devices having Android 7.
Siri, Camera, AirPlay, Maps etc have received major overhaul. Even the AppStore has been thoroughly upgraded.
Have a look: iOS 11 Features and All you need to know
macOS High Sierra
- Apple has implemented a new file system dubbed “Apple file system” which is more feature rich and efficient than the previous hierarchical file system.
- Developers can create virtual reality apps for macOS High Sierra. VR is supported for the first time in macOS, courtesy of next version of Apple’s GPU tech called Metal 2.
- Hindi has been added to the language list and is available throughout the OS. Everything from menu bar to the dock to built-in apps is available in Hindi.
- The mail app consumes about 35% less space than the previous one.
- Photos app has received major overhaul and comes with powerful editing tools.
The developer beta is already available and the public beta will be available later this month.
iMac Proand MacBooks
Apple announced next iMac desktops with updated specs such as Intel Kabylake processors, better retina displays, VR support etc. There is also a 5K model with Raedon RX500 series graphic processors from AMD. The 21.5 inch version can have 32 GB RAM while the 27 inch one can be boosted with upto 64 GB RAM. The 21.5-inch costs $10,99 and the 5K 27-inch costs $1,800. For the 4K 21.5 inch, you will need to pay $1,299.
A new iMac Pro with 5K display, 8 core Xeon processor (can be upgraded to 18 cores) , 4 TB SSD support, upto 128 GB ECC RAM. With this much power under the hood, excessive heat is inevitable but Apple has a solution to this using dual centrifugal fan setup. It comes with 10Gb Ethernet (first time for a mac) and with 4 Thunderbolt ports. Pricing starts at $5,000 for the iMac Pro with 8-core Xeon, 1 TB SSD.
iPad and iPad Pro
The updated iPad pro has slimmer bezels and improved bezels. It consists of 10.5-inch model and a 12.9 inch model. Their updated feature set consists of :
- Apple True tone panels with 600 nits peak brightness and HDR support.
- Variable refresh rate to adapt with the content on screen with max 120 Hz refresh rate.
- Apple A10x fusion chips with 6 cores
- 12 MP, f/1.8 back camera and 7 MP FaceTime HD front camera
- iOS 11 with some tablet specific features like drag and drop, multi window support (Read more here)
- Enhanced support for Apple Pencil with ~20 ms latency
- 10 hours battery backup
Price and Availability:
Available to pre-order in the US. Costs $649 for a 64GB for 10.5 inch and $1099 for a 512GB 12.9-inch. In case you need LTE, $130 extra over these.
While other manufacturers have been struggling to sell smart watches, Apple had no difficulty selling them. And here comes the update, watchOS 4 announced at the WWDC 2017.
It’s highlights include:
- Three new watchfaces – Siri, Kaleidoscope, and Toy Story with each of them working in a different way and providing different interfaces. Eg : Siri watchface uses machine learning to find the best suitable information matching your routine.
- Better background apps management with more API’s for developers.
- Better integration with fitness apps and better data collection
- Improved music management
So this was all from Apple WWDC 2017 keynote announcements. Share with us what you loved the most from Apple’s new offerings.