Apple likes to show off the next major refresh of its operating systems at WWDC, so it’s a safe bet we’ll have a better idea what’s coming this fall for the Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Apple TV.
Word on what Apple may show off for macOS 10.13 is pretty scarce, so I’m expecting we’ll see mostly under the hood refinements and improvements. With the APFS file system already running on iOS that may be more visible in this fall’s macOS release, although this probably won’t be the year Apple makes it the primary format for our boot drives.
Apple is all about health and fitness, so that’s where we’ll likely see changes for the Apple Watch operating system. This refresh may also set up the framework for the rumored smart watch bands that’ll add new functionality to our watches.
Apple is rolling out original shows to help draw in new Apple Music subscribers, so we can expect changes to the Apple TV interface that plays into that. If we’re really lucky we’ll get improvements to the overall tvOS interface that makes finding and playing content easier, too.
Rumors say we’ll see a 10.5-inch iPad Pro at the WWDC keynote. If so, the 12.9-inch model should get a refresh, too. The big screen iPad first shipped in November 2015 and hasn’t been updated since. It’s about time for a new model to come out.
Today, Apple announced a brand-new tier of its all-in-one desktop called the iMac Pro. The new product, unveiled onstage at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, California, is supposed to be a “the most powerful Mac ever,” according to the company. In other words, this computer is going to replace the painfully outdated and woefully mismanaged Mac Pro line, at least for the foreseeable future.
The iMac Pro will start shipping this December starting at $4,999, Apple confirmed.Apple says the computer will ship with an 8-core Xeon processor, with configurations that scale up to an 18-core Xeon processor, 5K display, and an all-new AMD Radeon Vega GPU. You’ll also be able to shell out for up to 16GB of VRAM, up to 128GB of data corruption-protecting ECC RAM, and up to 4TB for SSD storage.
Apple's Home Pod actually goes after two categories with one product. While Amazon and Google emphasized home automation with their smart speakers, Apple is doubling down on audio with Home Pod. Seven tweeters, six microphones, virtual surround sound, and a whole bunch of other buzz phrases promise that Home Pod will sound as terrific as any wireless audio system, namely Sonos, the market leader. Since the gadget won't start shipping until December, we don't yet know how great it sounds. But again, Apple fans will surely make this a holiday essential, regardless of how well it works. After all, it's Apple.