It was a jam packed WWDC 2017 keynote by Tim Cook and his team. Besides new version of iOS 11, macOS 10.13 High Sierra, watchOS 4 and tvOS 11, Apple also launches new update to iMac, MacBook and MacBook Pro, new iMac Pro, new 10.5” iPad Pro and new Siri-powered $349 smart speaker HomePod.
This WWDC also signals Apple’s inroad to being an AR (Augmented Reality) platform, there is an emphasis to GPU processing in its Metal 2 API. And high end iMac are now boosting GPU good enough for AR/VR play and production. In addition, Apple is making it easier for developers to add Machine Learning (ML) into their apps wth its Core ML SDK and Visions API.
Here are 5 things that Apple did not mention in its keynote:
1. iOS 11 does not run 32-bit apps
Apple has been displaying warning message in iOS 10 when you run a 32-bit app. Apple actually advised its developers to upgrade to 64-bit since mid 2015. In iOS 11, 32-bit games and apps will not run. Check out this post on how you can identify if your favourites apps are 32-bit.
2. New Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad
Kind of surprising to get a full-size wireless keyboard from Apple. Its $129.
3. New iCloud storage pricing
Apple has updated its iCloud storage pricing by increasing what you pay $9.99 per month for from 1 TB to 2 TB. The rest of pricing tiers remains unchanged.
– 5GB free
– 50GB $0.99
– 200GB $2.99
– 2TB $9.99
4. MacBook Air is updated with faster processor
MacBook Air is not dead. The processor gets a speed bump from 1.6GHz to 1.8GHz.
5. MacBook Pro is still limited to maximum 16GB memory
One of the major complaints with the redesigned 2016 year end MacBook Pro is its 16GB configuration limit. This limit supposedly pissed a number of “pro” users to switch to use Windows notebook. The latest update to MacBook Pro is sticking to the 16GB limits.