Apple just unveiled an iPad with a brand new screen size
- Author: Arturo Norris Jun 08, 2017,
Jun 08, 2017, 10:50
At the same event, Apple announced a host of other extras: refreshed iMac, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air hardware; macOS 10.13 High Sierra, which is the first to use the company's new Apple File System (APFS), and iOS 11; the HomePod, a voice-activated assistant-cum-speaker created to compete with the Amazon Echo and Google Home; ARKit, a platform for augmented reality technology, alongside support for virtual reality including the HTC Vive within macOS; refreshed iPad Pro tablets and a new, faster Apple Pencil stylus. The solid-state drive storage should translate to an up to 50 percent increase in performance. There is no change, as expected, in terms of design or other specs. There's now a 10.5-inch screen model, with the 9.7-inch one being discontinued. The new iMac Pro is scheduled to ship in December starting at $4,999. In fact, even the 12-inch MacBook gets a mid-life processor upgrade as well as an upgraded SSD. Apple is also working on a completely redesigned next-generation Mac Pro, which is separate from this product.
- The same 12-megapixel camera from the iPhone 7, which includes features like optical image stabilization (OIS) and recording 4K video.
All iPad Pro displays will now have True Tone display feature across the range, which alters the colour and brightness according to the ambient light temperature. The display will also support HDR for excellent colors. You can see the specifics on Apple's Tech Specs page, but the summary is that Apple is focusing more effort on the 21.5 Retina iMac, offering just a single configuration of the non-Retina model.
The 120 Hertz refresh rate for the screen promises better responsiveness with the Apple Pencil.
The goal of the iMac Pro is to provide workstation-class performance within the iMac design.
The MacBook Pro 2017 is Apple's next MacBook update, and you can check the latest news and rumors below. The maximum storage capacity of the iMac is capped at 2TB.
The company also gave a sneak peak at the iMac Pro, in a Space Grey finish with workstation-class power, including a Xeon processor, high power graphics card and up to 128GB of RAM, making the new iMac Pro the fastest Mac ever and ideal for VR content creation.
Speaking of virtual and augmented realities, WWDC 2017 provided yet another opportunity for yours truly to don a pair of VR goggles to look silly in.