Apple’s worldwide developer conference, or WWDC for short, is back again and the company has announced not only the next versions of iOS, macOS, tvOS and watchOS, but also a fleet of hardware updates. Here's everything that Apple launched at WWDC 2017. See also: iPhone 8 news.
What did Apple announce at WWDC 2017?
So, what did Apple announce at WWDC 2017? Well:
The headline of the night in terms of software was iOS 11: it features a more natural sounding Siri, along with an improved UI. The control center has been redesigned and fits on a single sheet, and supports 3D Touch for a range of actions.
iOS 11 also features a completely redesigned App Store that looks similar to the Apple Music app. It'll feature a Today tab with featured apps that change on a daily basis, along with a dedicated Games app to find the latest and greatest games.
There's also the introduction of ARKit, enabling developers to offer high-end AR experiences on an iPhone or iPad.
macOS High Sierra
macOS High Sierra is the slightly odd name of Apple's next version of macOS. While there's no flagship feature, the software comes with a range of improvements not only to Safari, but also the likes of the Photos app with a range of new editing tools and the introduction of Apple's new file system, APFS.
watchOS 4 brings with it a range of new watch faces, including one powered by Siri. It'll get to know how, and where, you use your Apple Watch and will provide you with notifications and complications accordingly. There will also be a range of Toy Story-themed watch faces, too.
The Workout app will also feature a handful of new exercises to track, and will offer compatibility with a range of NFC-powered gym equipment for improved tracking.
While tvOS 11 was mentioned, the only feature shared at WWDC 2017 was the arrival of an Amazon Prime Video app. Great news for Amazon subscribers, underwhelming for everybody else.
New iMac and updates to iMac range
The entire iMac range has had a spec boost with most of the range featuring discreet graphics cards along with seventh-generation Intel Core i7 processors. They are powerful enough to offer support for VR, and Valve has confirmed that SteamVR will be Mac compatible later this year.
Along with updates to the Mac range was the introduction of the new iMac Pro, an ultra high-end all-in-one desktop capable of powering two additional 5K displays with 11 Teraflops of power. It features either an 8-, 10- or 18-core Xeon Processor along with Radeon Vega graphics with up to 16GB VRAM and comes in a rather attractive shade of Space Grey.
It's coming later this year, and will cost users $4999 in the US. UK pricing is yet to be confirmed. You can find out more about the new iMac here: iMac Pro 2017 news
New iPad Pro 10.5in
There's also a new iPad Pro in town. While it's yet to be confirmed, the keynote led us to believe that it's a replacement for last year's 9.7in iPad Pro. It features many of the same features of the 2016 model, although features a brand new A10X chipset and a 120Hz display for improved Apple Pencil support.
You can find out more information on the 10.5in iPad Pro here: iPad Pro 10.5 news
Last, but not least, we were given a glimpse at Apple's upcoming smart home speaker, dubbed HomePod. It looks a little like an old Mac Pro and is 7in in height. It features an array of microphones and speakers for an impressive audio experience, and can be controlled via voice.
The speaker boasts the entire Apple Music library (for subscribers) on demand, and thanks to Siri, can make recommendations and answer music-related questions, in addition to handling standard tasks like setting reminders and sending messages via iMessage.
WWDC 2017 live blog