At its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), Apple just showed off a lot of new software features and goods. This announcement was very exciting because it included the newly rumored VR/AR headset, which is now called the Vision Pro, as well as a new 15″ MacBook Air, Mac Studio, and Mac Pro.
15-inch MacBook Air
I went to the event, where CEO Tim Cook welcomed everyone and then quickly announced a new 15.3-inch MacBook Air.vAs one of my favorite Apple goods, I was excited to see it on the screen in midnight, starlight, silver, and space grey. This is because it is thin and powerful at the same time. After the laptop was announced, I had a chance to look at it for a short time. It has the same beautiful design we all know and love, but it is still light and thin.
It will cost $2199, but students can get a deal that brings the price down to $1999.
The next piece of hardware that was updated and seemed to get a boost was the Mac Studio desktop computer. Apple says that the M2 Max chip in the new Mac Studio makes it up to 50% faster than the old Mac Studio and four times faster than the most powerful 27-inch Intel-based iMac. The base Mac Studio has a CPU with 12 cores, a GPU with up to 38 cores, and combined memory with up to 96GB. The new M2 Ultra chip, which is also available for the Mac Studio, is even more amazing.
With this upgrade, the Mac Studio’s speed is almost unmatched, since it has a 24-core CPU, up to a 76-core GPU, and up to 192GB of RAM.
Apple also announced a new Mac Pro tower computer, which is the best Mac computer they make.
It’s for professionals, most likely artistic types who work in fields that need the most powerful computers, like rendering and making a feature film.
When iOS 17 was announced, it came with a lot of surprising new features.
Software changes for the iPhone, iPad, and Watch come out every year, but Apple didn’t hold back this year.
A crowd of excited people watched as great new features were shown off. The new “NameDrop” feature, which lets iPhone users share their own contact information by moving their iPhone over another iPhone, really wowed the crowd.
Apple also said that apps like FaceTime and Zoom will be able to add visual effects to video talks, and FaceTime will be able to be used to leave a video voicemail.
The launch of personalized “Contact Posters” is another feature that gives users a new way to show who they are. You can now change the pictures of your friends, which makes it much cooler when they call you.
Live Voicemail is also a new feature in iOS 17. It lets you see a text as someone leaves a voicemail in real time and even pick up the call while they are still talking.
Messages have also been changed. There are now all-new stickers, including new emoji stickers and Live Stickers that can be made from photos.
Also, the autocorrect and text features have been updated. Apple now uses a state-of-the-art machine learning language model on the device itself to guess words. With a new model for speech recognition, translation is even better.
Also, the way you charge your phone has changed. With the new StandBy mode, you can look at your phone’s screen from far away while it’s charging. You can show different types of clocks, pictures, or widgets.
When iOS 17 comes out, there will be a long list of new features and software changes for the Mac, iPad, Watch, and AirPods.
Vision Pro for Apple VR
And finally, Apple shared the biggest news of the whole conference: they have made an augmented reality/virtual reality headset that they call the Vision Pro spatial computer.
Even though the mind-boggling device wasn’t a brand-new idea, it definitely made people gasp out loud.
It’s basically a device you can wear that lets you work, watch videos, take 3D pictures, and play games. And unlike most VR headsets, it doesn’t have actual controllers. Instead, the user can control it with their eyes, hands, and voice.
Apple said that this new product could be used for work or fun anywhere, even on an airplane.
It lets you get totally lost in the content. In its space-age mixed reality mode, you can use it to navigate apps on a virtual heads-up display in the living room while still being able to see and talk to your family. In this mode, family members will also be able to see your eyes through the headset.
The device will cost $US3499 on apple.com and will only be sold in the US when it comes out early next year. More countries will be added later.
You can find out more about all of Apple’s new products by going to its website.