Apple WWDC 2017: What You Need to Know

The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference ends today. Haven't had time to keep up with the latest in the tech-world? Let's recap some major announcements made by Apple in the past few days.

Apple Home Pod 

Sound a little like ‘Alexa’? At $350, Apple’s new 7 inch smart speaker comes equipped with Siri, 7 tweeters (loudspeakers designed to reproduce high frequencies), and runs on the Apple A8 chip. My favorite part--the Home Pod customizes its sound to fill out the room it’s in. Want to know when you can get it? Just in time for your holiday party! You can ask Siri to play your favorite winter tunes when the Apple HomePod ships out in December.

Sound a little like ‘Alexa’? At $350, Apple’s new 7 inch smart speaker comes equipped with Siri, 7 tweeters (loudspeakers designed to reproduce high frequencies), and runs on the Apple A8 chip. My favorite part--the Home Pod customizes its sound to fill out the room it’s in. Want to know when you can get it? Just in time for your holiday party! You can ask Siri to play your favorite winter tunes when the Apple HomePod ships out in December.

 

Augmented Reality 

You may remember this topic from our recent Double Tap the Keg event. If you weren’t able to make it, augmented reality uses the existing environment and overlays new information on top of it. Apple is integrating AR on its already existing devices rather than creating new ones. Once AR-enabled iPhones become available, the possibilities are endless. While it will most likely start with cool apps using AR, it will eventually lead to new products integrating augmented reality.

You may remember this topic from our recent Double Tap the Keg event. If you weren’t able to make it, augmented reality uses the existing environment and overlays new information on top of it. Apple is integrating AR on its already existing devices rather than creating new ones. Once AR-enabled iPhones become available, the possibilities are endless. While it will most likely start with cool apps using AR, it will eventually lead to new products integrating augmented reality.

 

iMac Pro 

The new iMac Pro has an all gray coloring, and now comes with processors up to 22 teraflops, memory up to 128 gigabytes, and as much as 4 terabytes of storage. For those that aren’t tech-savvy, that means your new iMac Pro will work with faster speeds and have more room for your pictures of puppies, or whatever takes up your storage! The new MacBook Pros and iMacs now start at $1,299, but you’ll have to pay a whopping $5,000 for the new iMac Pro. 

The new iMac Pro has an all gray coloring, and now comes with processors up to 22 teraflops, memory up to 128 gigabytes, and as much as 4 terabytes of storage. For those that aren’t tech-savvy, that means your new iMac Pro will work with faster speeds and have more room for your pictures of puppies, or whatever takes up your storage! The new MacBook Pros and iMacs now start at $1,299, but you’ll have to pay a whopping $5,000 for the new iMac Pro. 

 

Virtual Reality

What’s the difference between AR and VR? Virtual reality is a three-dimensional, computer generated environment which can be explored and interacted with by a person. By adding the tools necessary to make this content, Apple is equipping its users to keep up with the trends of the future. Developers will be able to connect VR headsets and create 3D and VR content with the updated macOS Sierra.

What’s the difference between AR and VR? Virtual reality is a three-dimensional, computer generated environment which can be explored and interacted with by a person. By adding the tools necessary to make this content, Apple is equipping its users to keep up with the trends of the future. Developers will be able to connect VR headsets and create 3D and VR content with the updated macOS Sierra.

 

iOS 11

If you’re like me, you feel like you’re always updating your Mac, iPad, and iPhone. However, the new iOS has some extremely useful updates for you this time around. With the new update, you'll have capabilities like a “do not disturb while driving” setting and being able to live loop your photos. In addition to those updates, you can also directly pay people through text message via Apple Pay  (...goodbye Venmo). There will also be a refresh on the control center, which will now pack all of your notifications into a single page. Ever feel like you’re holding a giant version of your phone when working on your iPad? Well good news, the iPad will be affected by these changes the most! There's a new file-storage system, an app dock similar to the one on Mac, the ability to drag and drop content in between apps, and apps that float in separate windows. The end goal: to have more of a touchscreen laptop feel than a huge phone. There’s still lots of work to get there, but the new iOS 11 is a great start. Expect the update later this year.

If you’re like me, you feel like you’re always updating your Mac, iPad, and iPhone. However, the new iOS has some extremely useful updates for you this time around. With the new update, you'll have capabilities like a “do not disturb while driving” setting and being able to live loop your photos. In addition to those updates, you can also directly pay people through text message via Apple Pay  (...goodbye Venmo). There will also be a refresh on the control center, which will now pack all of your notifications into a single page.

Ever feel like you’re holding a giant version of your phone when working on your iPad? Well good news, the iPad will be affected by these changes the most! There's a new file-storage system, an app dock similar to the one on Mac, the ability to drag and drop content in between apps, and apps that float in separate windows. The end goal: to have more of a touchscreen laptop feel than a huge phone. There’s still lots of work to get there, but the new iOS 11 is a great start. Expect the update later this year.

Story by: Anna Grady Wilson