Apple doling out jean jackets plus Metal, iMessage, six-colour logo pins to WWDC attendees – As part of the badge issuance at the 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple has been giving out custom black denim jean jackets, and an assortment of collectible pins. Developers attending the event started lining up early this morning so they wouldn’t miss out and the line to get in quickly grew to take over the block in front of the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose.
Apple announces support for external graphics cards, virtual reality platforms in macOS High Sierra — Coming this northern autumn as a free upgrade, Apple’s new macOS 10.13 High Sierra platform will include support for external graphics cards over Thunderbolt 3, giving systems enough power to support high-end gaming and popular virtual reality platforms. Apple Insider has a list of all the specifics.
Apple launches speedy new iMacs capable of VR content creation with USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports — Focused on professional users, Apple has just unveiled a revamped iMac lineup with faster and more capable hardware, which will allow for the creation of graphics-intensive virtual reality content with macOS High Sierra. The new 21.5-inch 4K iMac starts at US$1299 featuring Intel’s Kaby Lake processors. A non-4K model is priced at US$1099. All new iMacs are shipping today. The iMac is also getting Thunderbolt 3, and Fusion Drive standard on all 27-inch models and on high end 21.5-inch models.
Apple previews iMac Pro, the most powerful Mac ever built, coming in December — In a rare pre-announcement intended to appease professional users, Apple offered a sneak preview of the new iMac Pro coming in December, boasting up to 18-core Xeon processors and up to 128GB of ECC memory. It will cost US$4999. [I will have more on this in a separate post.]
Apple also today updated the MacBook and MacBook Pro — They now have the long-awaited faster Kaby Lake processors, added faster SSDs to the 12-inch MacBook and introduced a new US$1299 13-inch MacBook Pro.
The MacBook now features Kaby Lake processors up to 1.3GHz Core i7 with Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz and up to 50% faster SSD, and supports up to twice the memory.
The updated 13-inch MacBook Pro features Kaby Lake processors up to 3.5GHz Core i7 with Turbo Boost up to 4.0 GHz, and the 15-inch MacBook Pro goes up to 3.1GHz Core i7 with Turbo Boost up to 4.1GHz. The 15-inch MacBook Pro now comes standard with more powerful discrete graphics with more video memory, and the 13-inch MacBook Pro adds a new $1,299 configuration.
Apple also updated the 13-inch MacBook Air with a 1.8GHz processor.
The updated iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air are available to order today on Apple.com, and available to buy in Apple Stores starting from Wednesday, June 7th. Additional technical specifications, configure-to-order options and accessories are available online at apple.com/mac.
Incredible private Apple museum opens near Warsaw, Poland — A private Apple museum opened in the small town of Łoś near Warsaw, Poland last Saturday. The exhibition consists mostly of computers and accessories collected by Jacek Łupina. His collector’s passion started with buying an old PowerMac G4. Soon, Łupina started buying other ancient Apple computers and devices, like a Macintosh 128K and its later variants, a Lisa 2/5 with 5 MB hard disk, and a special Woz edition Apple IIGS.