What we learned at Apple's Developer Conference Keynote
If you’re an iPhone, Mac, or user of any other Apple product, some of today’s big announcements at the company’s worldwide developers conference should excite you.
First up, for Apple TV, Amazon and Apple are being more friendly and Prime Video will join the platform later this year so users can watch shows like "Transparent" or "The Man in High Castle," or movies later this year.
Apple Watch will also get a new OS which more intelligently helps you walk through your day, and improved fitness features such as a way to pair the watch to gym equipment to track progress.
Mac users will enjoy the new operating system “High Sierra,” which has a few software updates like a refreshed Safari browser, but also a bunch of under-the-hood refinements such as the file system called APFS and Metal, all which should speed up Mac computers.
To go along with this, Apple also announced a new iMac Pro, which the company is calling the most powerful Mac the company has ever made and comes in a nice space grey color – which if you’re a developer or video editor, will be important. However, if you want this with a 5K display, it’ll cost you about 5K, or $4,999. Apple also announced some small changes to the traditional iMacs and MacBooks and lowered the prices on entry level models to about $1299. And, a new 10.5” inch iPad Pro.
There is also an updated iOS 11 – this is the software that powers iPhones and iPads. Changes there include person to person payments within Apple Pay which could prove a challenge to apps like Venmo and Square Cash; an updated Siri including the option for a female or male voice; tweaks to the photos and Maps apps; and an important Do Not Disturb mode that can silence incoming alerts to keep drivers safe. And the App Store is getting a big redesign.
For iPads, the new OS improves the file system, bringing the iPad closer to being a replacement for a laptop for some users.
Specific to Developers, Apple also announced ARKit, which can help developers add augmented reality effects into their apps.
Finally, Apple joined the lot of connected speakers like Amazon Echo and introduced "HomePod," a smart home audio speaker. It features "spatial awareness" to ensure the most amazing sound possible in a room. It also features a 6-microphone array perfect for the speaker's other feature - Siri.
When can you get all of this stuff? Updated iMacs and MacBooks are available starting today save for the iMac Pro which will come in December. The new operating systems come later in the fall - just in time for the expected news of new iPhones. And HomePod will ship in December for $349.