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2017

Apple's MacBook refresh buys time for bigger changes

Monday June 05, 2017

Overshadowed by new hardware "sneak peeks" and software news, Apple on Monday updated its MacBook and MacBook Pro lineups with Intel Kaby Lake processors, while giving the MacBook Air a minor speed boost.

With eGPU and virtual reality support in High Sierra, Valve launches SteamVR for macOS

Monday June 05, 2017

Alongside the debut of the first macOS High Sierra beta on Monday, Valve launched its own first beta of SteamVR for the Mac, giving early testers the ability to sample virtual reality experiences on compatible Macs.

Apple, other tech companies pledge to continue efforts to meet Paris climate accord

Monday June 05, 2017

Following President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw America from the Paris climate accords, Apple and other major U.S. brands on Monday pledged support for an alternate environmental initiative called the "We Are Still In" campaign.

First Listen: HomePod is Apple's AirPods, enhanced for your house

Monday June 05, 2017

Apple's HomePod aims to further expand Siri assistance outside of iOS devices, Apple Watch, Macs, the Apple TV Remote and AirPods into the same sort of "always ready" home experience delivered by Amazon's Echo, even as it upgrades audio reproduction quality in the emerging "smart speaker" segment into the realm of affordable luxury.

Apple drops Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Vimeo integration in iOS 11

Monday June 05, 2017

Though Apple introduced a multitude of features with iOS 11, the company also removed core functionality from the next-generation mobile operating system, namely system-level integration with certain social media services.

Apple releases first iOS 11, macOS 10.13, watchOS 4 and tvOS 11 betas to developers

Monday June 05, 2017

As scheduled, Apple on Monday released the first beta versions of its next-generation operating systems -- iOS 11, macOS 10.13 High Sierra, watchOS 4 and tvOS 11 -- to developers for testing.

Apple slips wireless Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad onto online store [u]

Monday June 05, 2017

Amid new Macs and iPads shown off at WWDC 2017, Apple on Monday also quietly released the wireless Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad, available for $129.

Apple expands AppleCare+ to cover Mac users for accidental damage

Monday June 05, 2017

Apple has expanded its AppleCare+ extended warranty service to cover the Mac range, with the quiet update expanding the warranty period for Mac users to three years, as well as covering two incidents of accidental damage to both the desktop Mac and MacBook product families.

First look: Apple's powerful iMac Pro

Monday June 05, 2017

Apple at WWDC 2017 offered a sneak peek of its upcoming iMac Pro, an all-in-one desktop packed with cutting edge components -- and a sexy Space Gray finish -- worthy of imaging professionals.

First look: Apple's new 10.5" iPad Pro

Monday June 05, 2017

Apple introduced a completely new iPad form factor with the 10.5-inch iPad Pro on Monday, promising users a bigger, better display and top-tier internal hardware stuffed into a svelte chassis comparable to the outgoing 9.7-inch version.

First look: Apple's HomePod speaker

Monday June 05, 2017

Apple took the wraps off HomePod, a competitor to so-called "smart speakers" like Amazon Echo, on Monday, later offering WWDC attendees a closer look at the device prior to an expected debut in December.

Apple looks to reinvent home music with $349 HomePod, an Amazon Echo and Sonos competitor

Monday June 05, 2017

Calling it a "breakthrough home speaker," Apple on Monday revealed the new Siri home speaker dubbed HomePod, a device the company hopes will reinvent music at home just like the iPod reinvented music in your pocket. It will cost $349 and ship this December.

Apple's iPad to get bigger dock, Files app, drag-and-drop & easier multitasking in iOS 11 [u]

Monday June 05, 2017

In announcing iOS 11 on Monday, Apple revealed a host of new iPad-oriented changes, including a special dock, a new Files app, drag-and-drop support and more. [Updated to mention Files on iPhone]

Apple unveils $649 10.5" iPad Pro featuring 20% larger display with ProMotion, A10X CPU

Monday June 05, 2017

Apple officially updated its iPad Pro lineup on Monday, with the most popular base model receiving a larger 10.5-inch display with thinner bezels, while still weighing just 1 pound. The screen also features "ProMotion" technology and other enhancements, dramatically improving visual performance.

ARKit augmented reality tools in iOS 11 will make iPhone, iPad world's largest AR platform

Monday June 05, 2017

Making good on the previous promise that Apple would be taking an interest in augmented reality in the future, Apple Vice President Craig Federighi announced ARKit, a developer toolset that it will make available to nearly istantaneously make the iPhone and iPad the largest AR platform in the world.

Apple redesigns App Store app with Apple Music-esque design

Monday June 05, 2017

The iOS App Store is getting its first major redesign since launching in 2008, with a fresh new look complete with user interface elements reminiscent of the Apple Music app.

Apple unveils iOS 11 with P2P Apple Pay transfers, a new sound for Siri, AirPlay 2, more

Monday June 05, 2017

The next major update for iOS is turned up to 11, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook joked on Monday in unveiling the software update. It includes a revamped Control Center with deep 3D Touch support, the ability to directly transfer money to friends with Apple Pay, a new voice for Siri, and multi-speaker support with AirPlay 2.

Apple previews iMac Pro, the most powerful Mac ever built, coming in December

Monday June 05, 2017

In a rare pre-announcement intended to appease professional users, Apple offered a sneak preview of the new iMac Pro coming in December, boasting up to 18-core Xeon processors and up to 128GB of ECC memory.

Apple announces support for external graphics cards, virtual reality platforms in macOS High Sierra

Monday June 05, 2017

Coming this fall as a free upgrade, Apple's new macOS 10.13 High Sierra platform will include support for external graphics cards over Thunderbolt 3, giving systems enough power to support high-end gaming and popular virtual reality platforms.

Apple refining macOS 10.12 Sierra in new High Sierra 10.13 revision

Monday June 05, 2017

Seemingly similar to Apple's development philosophy from Leopard to Snow Leopard, Apple's new macOS 10.13 High Sierra will continue to enhance ideas and shifts in the operating system fro 10.12 Sierra, alongside a slew of new features and enhancements.