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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.

Kaby Lake MacBooks at last, numeric wireless, Apocalypse humour, Michelle Obama


(Image from Apple NZ’s online MacBook Pro gallery)

Apple gives the MacBook and MacBook Pros a Kaby Lake refresh — Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference is usually all about software, but every once in a while it brings some hardware. Today, Apple provided a minor but wide-ranging refresh to its modern MacBooks and MacBook Pros by adding new processors from Intel and making a handful of other tweaks.
The new processors come from Intel’s Kaby Lake family, and some of them have been available for the better part of a year but this is the first time they have appeared in Macs. Compared to the outgoing Skylake architecture, Kaby Lake introduces a gently tweaked version of Intel’s 14nm manufacturing process, provides small boosts to CPU clock speeds, and supports native acceleration for decoding and encoding some kinds of 4K video streams.

Apple finally releases full wireless keyboard with Numeric Keypad — Amid the WWDC furore, Apple quietly released a new wireless keyboard with a first-ever numeric keypad [I’ve always had to buy the wired version as the full numeric keyboard is so much more preferable to me]. Previous models only included the keyboard, with a numeric keypad sold separately. It’s available to buy today for NZ$219/US$129.
To use it, you’ll need to have a Bluetooth-enabled Mac with macOS 10.12.4 or later, or an iOS device running iOS 10.3 or later.
The numeric keypad is great for spreadsheets, finance apps and other numeral-heavy applications. The new keyboard’s battery lasts a full month in-between charges using a Lightning port. There is no shipping delay on this new product.

Watch Apple’s APPOCALYPSE video and it’s funny stuff — Apple showed a fun video called APPOCALYPSE during Monday’s World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) keynote. It takes an absurdist look at what would happen if Apple’s App Store servers went down. It’s fun and funny, and it paid homage to developers with the tagline, “Keep making apps. The world is depending on you.” Check it out.

Michelle Obama’s Fireside Chat with Apple — One of the surprise announcements at WWDC 2017 was a conversation tomorrow with former First Lady Michelle Obama. It will be in the same building as the keynote (Hall 3) on Tuesday, June 6 from 12-1pm. [And she won’t be cribbing any lines from the current First Lady.]