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Every WWDC announcement, data corruption, new RAM and RAID, awards, Thunderbolt 3 GPUs, High Sierra, Michelle Obama


Every Apple hardware announcement at WWDC — Apple announced a slew of new products Monday, a mix of both hardware and software. It’s a lot to wrap our heads around, so Mac Observer put together this list of all the company’s hardware announcements, with links to more info. Mac Observer also has a list of new software announcements. These are the Macs that will handle High Sierra.

How to protect against Mac data corruption — Robert LeVitus has some great advice.

MacSales.com already has OWC memory upgrade kits with up to 64GB for the new 27-inch iMac — There’s been some confusion over whether or not the new 27-inch iMac will support user upgrades of RAM, with Apple reps giving conflicting answers. So Apple World Today went to the source of RAM upgrades for a lot of users, MacSales.com, and got the definitive word: they’ll be selling OWC memory upgrade kits up to 64GB for the new 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display.

Promise Technology debuts Mac-Ready Pegasus3 desktop RAID storage solutions — Promise Technology  has added four new models to its lineup of Pegasus desktop RAID storage systems. The new Pegasus3 R4, R6 and R8 models feature more capacity — 16, 36 and 64 (and 80) terabytes (TB), respectively — and bring 40 Gb/s Thunderbolt 3 performance.

Bozoma Saint John is reportedly leaving Apple for Uber — Apple Music exec Bozoma Saint John is leaving Apple to work for Uber, according to TechCrunch, who reportedly confirmed the appointment through multiple sources at Uber [Hope she got good advice before deciding that!].

Apple announces WWDC17 Apple Design Award recipients, and we talked to them about their apps — This years’ Apple Design Awards recipients spanned the globe, ranging from novel games designed by a single developer to larger productions developed across a staff of full time coders and artists.

Official Apple user support for external Thunderbolt 3 GPUs not coming until Spring 2018 — While Apple did announce official support for Thunderbolt 3 eGPU implementations, a footnote nestled deep in the High Sierra preview page declares that user support in a non-beta fashion won’t be available to users until Spring 2018. [Thank you, diligent reader of fine print.]

High Sierra runs on all Sierra-capable hardware, and starts the process to kill 32-bit apps — In a series of sessions at WWDC, Apple amplified that any Mac that is capable of running Sierra can run High Sierra – but a shift away from 32-bit apps will start with the new version of the operating system.

Michelle Obama talks entrepreneurship, social issues, more at WWDC — The second day of Worldwide Developer Conference opened with a conversation with Michelle Obama, former first lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017, and Lisa Jackson, Apple’s Vice President of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives.

Awards for Steve Jobs movie, rise of Apple Music, EU rules against Belgium re Apple, new cameras


Kate Winslet with her award (Image: The Guardian)
Kate Winslet with her award (Image: The Guardian)

Winslet and Sorkin pick up Golden Globes for Steve Jobs — While the Danny Boyle film Steve Jobs hasn’t exactly been a box-office smash, the movie has received critical acclaim since its first showing at the Telluride Film Festival in 2015. Last night, the movie was honoured with two Golden Globe awards.
Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin decided to show the life of Steve Jobs in three acts: three different product introductions. Sorkin won the Best Screenplay award. Kate Winslet, who played Joanna Hoffman in a highly-fictionalised role (she’s shown as being behind the scenes at all of the product introductions when she was not), won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role.

Apple Music has over 10 million subscribers — In Midia Research’s Predictions for 2016 report — as noted by Music Business Worldwide last month— music business analyst Mark Mulligan predicted that Apple Music will have nearly 8 million subscribers by year’s end with that number hitting 20 million in 2016.
He noted that Apple’s music service “went from zero to the No.2 streaming service in just months in mid-2015.” Twenty million subscribers still won’t catch Spotify, but will solidify Apple’s runner-up position.

EU ruling against Belgian corporate tax breaks may set precedent for decision on Apple — The European Commission on Monday ruled that Belgium broke state aid rules by offering tax breaks to a number of multinational corporations, 35 of which will have to repay $765 million. Belgium’s practices hurt competition by “putting smaller competitors who are not multinational on an unequal footing,” according to the Commission’s competition policy head, Margrethe Vestager.

The coolest camera gear at CES — This is a Macworld slideshow.