Apple Announces New iMac Pro and Software Enhancements
On Monday, June 5, at the WWDC 2017 event, Apple announced updates not only to all software systems, but also to a myriad of hardware. The Worldwide Developer Conference has, more recently, been solely focused on software upgrades. With 16 million registered developers, 3M added in just the last 12 months, the focus of the week will certainly be programming and app content. However, that did not stop Apple from launching updates to iPads, MacBooks, iMacs and even a new Siri power speaker, HomePod. Take a step inside for a look at the desktop grade updates to the iMac, MacBook and operating systems. Plus, take a look at the new iMac Pro.
Operating Systems – Apple
tvOS watchOS macOS
Apple outlined major updates, starting with tvOS. Most notably, Amazon Prime Video is coming to the Apple TV, as well as the TV.app on iPhone and iPad. The app will be available sometime “later this year.”
watchOS 4 now includes updated and new watch faces, including a Siri powered watch face that displays information most chronologically relevant to you. This impressive new data driven face is not to be outdone by the new Toy Story watch faces. More over, Apple Watch can now connect to gym equipment using NFC, which allows the equipment and the watch to share and combine data. These gym equipment units, produced by third parties, are expected to be shipping later in 2017.
The newest version of macOS is “High Sierra,” an iteration of Sierra. Safari web browser is now 80% faster than Chrome on High Sierra, auto blocks playing video content and uses intelligent tracking prohibitors to prevent cookie collection across webpages. This means, no more seeing ads follow you across multiple websites. Photos is arguably the biggest upgrade, with a new navigation layout, filtering tags, faces categories now sync across all devices and advanced editing tools. Many additional developer grade enhancements are included with High Sierra, including the ability to bring Virtual Reality to the Mac.
Macs – Apple
New updates to the iMac line bring the first upgrades in a while. A 500nits screen provide a 43% brighter experience, across one billion colors and new Kaby Lake 7th-gen Intel Core processors guarantee a speed boost. The new iMacs are available in 21.5″ and 27″ form factors, with Fusion Drives coming standard on the 27″ and discrete graphics processors on all 4K+ resolution units. With a new macOS operating system, combined with the advanced internal upgrades, VR is now an option for Apple fans. Pricing starts at $1,099 for the entry 21.5″ iMac. MacBook also receives an update with the same Kaby Lake processors, upgraded graphics and SSD drives. The new MacBook line starts at $1,299, for the Pro level versions. The entire line is shipping now.
iMac Pro – Apple
A completely new version of the iMac is forthcoming, termed the iMac Pro and starting at a stunning $4,999. The new hardware is not shipping until the end of the year, but the sneak peak revealed a Space Gray version, complete with matching keyboard and mouse. A completely new cooling system was developed to ensure the high performance device will operate quietly, but at peak performance. An up to 18 core Xeon Processor, with Radeon Vega graphics with up to 22 Teraflops of single precision computing proves to be the most powerful Mac yet.
These are incredible updates to the MacBook and iMac lines, but maybe seems a little too technical or not average-joe-consumer friendly. So, Apple also provided updates to the iPad line and launched the all new HomePod, both of which are a little more attainable.