WWDC 2017 - A Hardware extravaganza
Every Year Apple
executives take the stage during the WWDC and give the world a glimpse of all new products and updates. We surely had a lot of software updates and stuff, but this year the Hardware from Apple took the majority of air time. So let's take a look at all the interesting hardware Apple released.
Apple's iMacs have always been a very important part of their computer lineup and with the Mac Pro not being updated for years now, it seems to be the only desktop computer with updated internals. The new iMacs have been updated with better screens and more RAM, the 27" iMac sports a whopping 64GB RAM. The entire iMac line is moving towards the 7th gen Kaby Lake processors, with 50% faster SSD and up to 2TB options.
The most interesting product was the iMac Pro which really brings workstation level power to the iMacs. The beautiful space gray iMac comes with processors up to 22 teraflops, memory up to 128 gigs, and as much as 4 terabytes of storage. The iMac also comes with matching space gray keyboard and trackpad. The iMac Pro does cost a fortune at $5000, but it looks like people with heavy duty work won't hesitate to spend the money for the beast.
The WWDC also saw a refresh to Macbooks and now these new Macbooks will be powered by the 7th gen Kaby Lake processors and the same 50% faster SSDs. All these updates come along with a free upgrade to Mac OS High Sierra. The Macbook and Macbook Pro 13"(base model) both start at $1200 and go up to $2399 for the 15" ramped up model.
iPad Pro 10.5"
Apple has really stepped up the game with the new iPad Pro and you can clearly see the difference from last year's device. The 10.5" iPad Pro is exactly similar to the 9.7" in size just with significantly smaller bezels, which helped them accommodate a larger display. Apple says it’s the fastest model yet, with a six-core A10X Fusion. It also brings HDR video to an iPad for the first time. The new iPads come in LTE models, starting with 64 gigs of memory, starting at $649.
While companies like Amazon failed to make its mark in the smartphone market, they rule the Home assistant market with Echo(Alexa) and even Google's not having a bad run with the Google Home. It looks like a good time for Apple to jump in, Enter HomePod. The 7″ device comes with seven tweeters and runs on an Apple A8 chip. It customizes the sound to fill out the room you’re in, and the six-microphone array in the middle gives you a direct line to Siri. You can ask Siri to play you music, maybe check the weather for you and a lot more. The HomePod ships in December, starting at $350
These were all the Hardware products released at WWDC 2017 and it had some real exciting announcements. Stay Tuned for more.