On Tuesday evening, I went to The Talk Show Live with my friend Steve Aquino and watched John Gruber interview Phil Schiller and Craig Federighi. We had a blast and had awesome seats. The photo above shows our view.
My wife and I were lucky enough to be in San Jose for the live recording of the Accidental Tech Podcast on Monday for my birthday. It was a lot of fun, and I highly recommend you take the time to listen.
Vjeran Pavic writing for The Verge:
"Apple just wrapped up one of the most hardware-focused software conferences ever. Aside from updating existing products like the MacBook with new Kaby Lake processors, and announcing the new Siri-enabled HomePod speaker, Apple decided to use WWDC to please its pro users with new iMac and iMac Pro desktop computers.
The new iMac Pro won’t ship until December, but the speed-bumped iMacs are something pro users can buy today. It's been a while since we've upgraded the iMacs in our offices, and we're currently in the midst of a switch over to 4K video editing. Combine those two factors and you can guess that we spend a lot of time staring at progress bars.
So in the short time we had, we wanted to focus on the performance of one of the updated iMacs and see how it handles 4K video editing. I set one up at my normal workstation at The Verge just a couple days ago, and have been editing 4K video (and large photo files) since then. And the difference in performance has been instantly evident."
I've installed iOS 11 as well. (I don't recommend it b/c of how buggy it is.) But I'm really happy with many of the changes. This video from 9to5mac does a good job of covering what’s new.
Mark Gurman reporting for Bloomberg Technology:
"Apple is planning three new laptops, according to people familiar with the matter. The MacBook Pro will get a faster Kaby Lake processor from Intel Corp., said the people, who requested anonymity to discuss internal planning. Apple is also working on a new version of the 12-inch MacBook with a faster Intel chip. The company has also considered updating the aging 13-inch MacBook Air with a new processor as sales of the laptop, Apple’s cheapest, remain surprisingly strong, one of the people said."
I wouldn't be surprised if these updates were planned from the beginning. Their MacBook Pro lineup was clearly waining in the later part of last year. New Kaby Lake processors weren't yet available from Intel yet. And Mac users would have been understandably upset and assumed Apple was giving up on the Mac, if Apple had waited until this year's WWDC to announce updates.
Header image from Unsplash.
More rumors are circulating that Apple will soon release an Amazon Echo, Google Home competitor. I have no doubts Apple has the ability to create beautiful hardware with great mics, speakers, silicon. But will Siri be good enough for it to be a compelling product?
Header image from 9to5Mac.