iOS 11, an iMac Pro and watchOS 4: What we learned at WWDC

iOS 11, an iMac Pro and watchOS 4: What we learned at WWDC [Image: Geber86 via iStock]

This year’s Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) has seen a raft of new announcements made by the company, with new hardware and software both set to be introduced in the coming months.

Taking place from June 5th to June 9th, WWDC is a chance for Apple to set out its plans for the next year or so and let the world know what it has been focusing on and where its intentions for the future lie.

Among the new announcements were an update to Apple’s iOS operating system, a new iMac Pro, Kaby Lake processors in its MacBook Pros and a new Apple Watch.

iOS 11

WWDC has become known for its unveiling of the latest iOS update and this year’s show was no different.

Apple’s iOS comprised 13.7 per cent of the operating system market share in the first quarter of 2017, according to research firm Gartner. This is compared to the 86.1 per cent share Android boasted, so Apple will be trying to convince more smartphone users to make the switch.

iOS 11 is likely going to be most beneficial to iPad users, with improved multitasking capabilities and the ability to customise the dock with the most used apps. For smartphone users, it will see a redesigned App Store, the ability to record screens and a new control centre, which users can add their own preferred apps and widgets to.

MacBook Pro

The MacBook Pro is one of Apple’s most significant products, which saw a redesign last year. This week, the company revealed that it is going to see further developments, with new processors taking the place of what was installed in last year’s MacBook Pro, which critics said were already dated.

Apple is now set to incorporate the current seventh generation Intel Core I series CPUs, known by the code name Kaby Lake. The updated graphics options in the 15-inch model will also offer benefits to creative professionals. It will now come with AMD graphics processing units (GPU), while the 13-inch versions will keep the Intel Iris Pro GPU.

The company also announced it will be launching a new macOS – called High Sierra – later this year. Apple has said it will be faster, safer and more efficient than previous versions. It will be capable of blocking autoplay videos and will use machine learning to block ads.

iMac Pro

The new iMac Pro will come with incredibly powerful processors, with the lowest cost model featuring Intel’s top-end Xeon CPU, which offers a minimum of eight cores and goes up to 18.

Meanwhile, the GPU is going to feature AMD’s Vega system, which has yet to be released. This means that we don’t know what the exact specification of the iMac Pro’s graphics processor will be. We do know, however, that it will be among the most powerful on the market.

It is designed for professionals working in the creative industries, but its high price might be an obstacle to the sales Apple would like to see.

watchOS 4

Updating one of the market’s flagship wearable devices, Apple said a Siri watch face, smart activity coaching and a new music experience will be coming in the autumn.

According to the company, Siri intelligence will extend further into the device with the new Siri watch face. When users raise their wrists, information on the display will dynamically update based on the time of day, daily routines and pertinent data from apps such as Activity, Alarms, Breathe, Calendar, Maps, Reminders and Wallet, as well as headlines from the new Apple News app for Apple Watch.

The new watchOS 4 will also allow users to make and receive person-to-person payments, with the integration of Apple Pay within Messages.