WWDC17: Major Apple Presentation Announcements

WWDC17, Apple's developer conference, began on June 5th in San Jose. The five-day marathon opened the traditional presentation. For 2.5 hours, we managed to show new iMac and iPad Pro, updated MacBooks and software for watches, computers and mobile devices. On the new operating systems and computers Apple - in the great material Parcel , which delivers all this beauty from the United States.


New iPad Pro

Trying to breathe life into the slowly curving tablet market, Apple introduced a new iPad - the third in the Pro line. The basic model with a screen of 10.5 inches, but in size it is only slightly larger than the usual 9.7-inch model. The useful space was released after reducing the frame around the screen by 40%.

However, the main thing in the new iPad is not at all reduced frames, but a display.
iPad Pro - the first mass tablet with a sweep frequency of 120 Hz.
Apple called this technology TrueMotion, and its benefits are familiar, for example, to owners of 144-gaming monitors. The display of the tablet is capable of outputting up to 120 frames per second, as opposed to traditional models, whose ceiling is 60.

At the same time, in order to preserve the charge of the battery, iOS will independently adjust the scanning frequency depending on the type of content on the display. We look at a static photo - we get 24 Hz, we draw - 144, and so on. By the way, such a high sweep rate by the standards of tablets allowed Apple to reduce the response time of the touch screen when working with the Apple Pencil pen to 20 milliseconds. This is the best result in the industry.


At high frequency, the image becomes smoother, “alive”, free from jerks. Especially well the advantages of the new display will be noticeable when scrolling through pages in the browser and in games - provided that the tablet “pulls” them at 120 FPS.

The expanded color gamut and TrueTone technology, which changes the color balance of an image depending on the lighting, has not gone anywhere. Plus, the new iPad Pro is the first Apple tablet to play HDR video.

The heart of the tablet is a modified processor from the iPhone 7, a six-core A10X Fusion (three high-performance cores and three energy-efficient) with a twelve-core graphics chip. According to the speaker of Apple, the new iPad Pro is 30% faster than previous models in computing operations (there, the A9X was installed) and 40% in graphics processing. They say that the new tablet handles graphics faster than the desktop processor Intel Core i7.


Considering that last year’s A10 Fusion is still one of the most powerful mobile chips in the world, the performance of the new iPad should be all right.

With improved performance, the claimed battery life has not changed - we are promised ten hours traditional for the iPad and fast charging Lightning.

The cameras of the new tablet were inherited from the iPhone 7 - and the main (12 megapixel) and (7 megapixel) front-facing modules are the same here as in the Apple smartphone.

The minimum amount of internal memory in the iPad Pro is 64 gigabytes, the maximum - 512, which in this configuration makes the tablet the most capacious in the Apple lineup. The price of the starting model without LTE-module is $ 649. The official price in Russia is $ 830 (46,990 rubles).

Prices for the new iPad Pro in the USA and possible savings

US priceIPad price and deliveryPrice in RussiaSavings when buying in the US with a parcel
New iPad Pro 10.5 ″ 64 Gb Wi-Fi649675829154
New iPad Pro 10.5 ″ 256 Gb Wi-Fi749775953178
New iPad Pro 10.5 ″ 512 Gb Wi-Fi9499751200225
New iPad Pro 12.9 ″ 64 Gb Wi-Fi7998251041216
New iPad Pro 12.9 ″ 256 Gb Wi-Fi8999251164239
New iPad Pro 12.9 ″ 512 Gb Wi-Fi109911251411286
New iPad Pro 10.5 ″ 64 Gb Wi-Fi + LTE7798051006201
New iPad Pro 10.5 ″ 256 Gb Wi-Fi + LTE8799051129224
New iPad Pro 10.5 ″ 512 Gb Wi-Fi + LTE107911051376271
New iPad Pro 12.9 ″ 64 Gb Wi-Fi + LTE9299551217262
New iPad Pro 12.9 ″ 256 Gb Wi-Fi + LTE102910551341286
New iPad Pro 12.9 ″ 512 Gb Wi-Fi + LTE122912551588333
The approximate prices are indicated in US dollars at the rate of the Central Bank as of June 7, 2017. Shipping costs depend on the weight of the device in the box and packaging. Estimated iPad weight with packaging: 1 kg.

Apple Smart Speaker - HomePod

At the end of the presentation, Apple introduced a completely new device in its product line - the smart HomePod column. Functionally, it’s a direct competitor to Amazon’s Echo from Amazon, but Phil Schiller said the HomePod differs from it in much higher sound quality.

Most of all, the Apple column looks like a cloth-wrapped Mac Pro. The device works on the A8 processor, presented together with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. "Brain" HomePod - Siri, with its help you will need to manage the main functions of the column. According to Phil Schiller, Siri can now be called a kind of "music expert." She will be able to answer a lot of questions related to music: answer who recorded the drums for the playing song, from which album she was and who produced it, and also tell you which hit was leading the charts on the same day exactly a year ago and so on.


In addition, Home Pod will become a home hub, with which you can control the smart appliances in the house: turn on and off the lights, adjust the temperature in the room, and so on. On-site and traditional for Siri functions: the column will tell the weather, tell you if there are traffic jams on the way to work, set a reminder, or simply “google” for you the necessary information. Voice calls are also supported.

What acoustics: seven tweeter speakers, which, according to the same Schiller, can accurately reproduce the most subtle nuances of the compositions, for example, various effects of reverberation and backing vocals. For the bass meets one big subwoofer.

If you believe Apple, the Home Pod will be able to "scan" the surrounding space, understand the conditions in which it is located and adjust the sound character accordingly.

The first column of the "apple" company will go on sale in December. Price - $ 349.

iOS, Watch OS and OS X

Let's quickly run through the new versions of the operating systems of Apple products that will be available to the general public this fall.

Watch OS 4 will traditionally receive several new dials. The most useful of them is called Siri Watchface, and its contents will be constantly changing. It is assumed that Siri will be able to study the user's habits and display the information that she thinks will be useful at a certain point in time. For example, if you leave work at seven, the assistant will show traffic data on the dial in advance.

On the screen of your watch will now display more information: the time of sunset, the time of landing on the plane - everything you choose.

Updated the application "Music" - now during a workout, you can call the player control menu with one swipe. On the whole, the program interface has become simpler and clearer.

The watch adds a few convenient functions for sports: in particular, it will be possible to synchronize the Apple Watch with simulators using NFC sensors. Apple has improved notifications from the Activity app, which encourages the user and encourages more to play sports. Your playlist will now be synchronized with the start of training. There were monthly tasks and a personalized assessment of your achievements. The new graphical user interface and features of the Workout application: the clock will automatically detect when you swim the distance in the pool, and count it as a new circle.

And most importantly - Apple Watch can now be turned into a flashlight. Did we wait for this?

Apple Watch in the US from $ 269 (in Russia - from $ 400 in official stores).


The new version of Mac OS is called High Sierra, and the update is mainly technical. The file system has been updated - now it is APFS (Apple File System), and, according to Apple speakers, it will allow the computer to work with data faster and more efficiently, speed up the time of copying files and more intelligently manage resources. The system uses native encryption, offers protection against failures, can quickly duplicate folders and files.

Optimized work with video and graphics: the new H.265 codec more efficiently compresses videos, and the Metal 2 technology better distributes the video core resources. Now, according to Apple, you can fully work with VR content on “Macs”: support for Steam VR, UE4 and other popular dvzhik is announced.

Safari promises to do better: if you believe Apple, then on High Sierra it works with Java Script 80% faster than Google Chrome.

The updated browser will be able to prevent unwanted user tracking and will resist annoying ads. If the same banner with some “Happy Farm” from the App Store has been following you online for several hours in a row, the browser will automatically hide it. Together with annoying ads, self-launching videos will also go into the past when loading pages - the program automatically pauses all videos.

Gifts that were received by participants of the conference WWDC2017.

Photos in the application "Photos" are organized more efficiently, new editing tools. The system of face recognition in “Photo” is improved - now it can recognize more people, giving out even more relevant content at the request of users.

The public beta of High Sierra will appear at the end of July. Developer Beta is uploaded on June 5th.

IPhone owners this year are not expecting much improvement. In iOS, the control center was changed again: it became significantly larger, and to call up the player menu, you no longer need to do an additional swipe to the left - now everything is in one place. In addition, 3D Touch has finally earned: with the effort of clicking on the desired control, you can call up another menu with additional settings. Now the modem mode starts in two clicks.

In iMessage appeared personal transfers via Apple Pay - you can send money directly in the message. Messages, by the way, will no longer take up space on your iPhone: iCloud is responsible for storing them. Photos will also take up less space, like video. Thanks to the transition to the new H.265 codec, the size of the video being downloaded has decreased by more than 2 times.


Edit Live Photo can now be built-in tools: change the main photo, loop through the animation, actually creating “gifs”, play it backwards. And Apple Music has the opportunity to see what friends are listening to and share playlists with them. Another useful thing: finally, auto-completion of passwords in applications started to work, and in the Maps there were schemes for airports and shopping centers.

Siri can now work as a simultaneous interpreter (for the time being, however, only six languages, and she will probably be immediately dismissed). The voice assistant has generally become more “customized”: it examines you and selects content based on your personal preferences. Now Siri on your every device knows your habits equally well.

The CarPlay application will “intelligently” determine when you are traveling by car, scanning wifi networks. The "do not interfere while I'm driving" mode will turn off the phone screen so that you do not get distracted while driving.

Similar integration is obtained in the updated AirPlay 2: this thing now controls the playback of music and movies that are played on different devices and in different rooms.


IPad owners are much more fortunate: for them, iOS 11 will become a system that can change their attitude to the tablet as a working device.

First of all, Apple has significantly rebuilt the Dock panel - now it is most similar to what is in Mac OS. The list of selected applications can be significantly expanded, and called from any screen with a simple swipe from below. It is especially convenient to use this “feature” when working with several windows: open one program, call the Dock, and drag out the desired application with your finger to another part of the screen.

Speaking of drag and drop: iPad debuts drag-and-drop! Now you can literally drag photos into your fingers with your fingers, and even a few pieces at a time. The notes themselves are replenished with a document scanner. The same with links: just click on the address in the Safari line and drag it, for example, to the mail. Conveniently - not the right word.

To work with files, Apple has created a separate application - Files. It allows you to create folders and manage documents stored in the device’s memory. This does not mean that iOS has become open, but now the iPad can, by default, work not only with iCloud, but also with Google Drive or Dropbox.

Added several features and Apple Pencil. The text can be used to select it directly in the browser, and then save the page in PDF format. For lovers of screenshots developed a special editor.
In general, iOS 11, coupled with the new iPad - this is something that can again return the interest of users to the tablets. Now they really can be called a "working tool."


Apple computers received the expected "iron" update.

5K-iMac got new displays, which are 40% brighter than the previous models, and "moved" to the Kaby Lake processors. SSDs are 50% faster.

In the 21.5-inch iMac, the Intel Iris 640 is responsible for the graphics (up to 80% more powerful). And on the same iMac, but with a 5K screen, they put the Radeon Pro 550 and 560 (up to 4 gigabytes of video memory). Even better was the 27-inch Mac with a 5K display: a version with a Radeon Pro 580 and eight GB of video memory appeared on board.

Even MacBook Air, which for some reason everyone does not want to die, got even faster graphics. But if we are talking about power, then it is impossible not to mention the new iMac - iMac with the already pretty annoying Pro prefix. This is the most powerful Mac ever, and in Space Gray, subjectively, the most beautiful Mac.


What's inside: Intel Xeon, from eight to 18 (!) Cores, Radeon Vega graphics (up to 16 GB of video memory) with a capacity of 22 teraflops, up to 128 GB of ECC RAM, up to four terabytes of SSD drives, 4 Thunderbolt ports. It all works and does not burn in such a thin case thanks to the new cooling system. This is one of the most powerful candy bars in the world, but the price is appropriate: from $ 5000.

MacBook Pro got new Intel Kaby Lake processors and SSDs. With them, the new "proshki" will have higher performance and up to 10 hours of battery life. Laptops also added to the price: for the basic 13-inch model, Apple wants 94,990 rubles. ($ 1,675) in Russia, $ 1,299 in the USA. You can save more than $ 200 with the package.

In Russia, a new Macbook with an iPad (and a new keyboard that came out yesterday without fanfare) will cost significantly more than at home in the United States. Therefore, it is much more profitable to order them with the package . Guaranteed delivery, reasonable prices and high-quality service - the Banderolka helps to save a lot when buying “apple” equipment, and by the end of June you will not need to “bathe” with the purchase: our operators place orders for free in 6 main US stores, including Amazon .

Source: https://habr.com/ru/post/404421/

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