On Monday June 5, 2017 Apple kicked off its annual three-day Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) conference San Jose, California. During the conference, Apple unveiled a number of new products and operating system applications, including a smart speaker, a new iMac Pro, and a new peer-to-peer Apple Pay and a deal to bring Amazon video content to Apple TV.
Among the products and innovations unveiled are:
- A "breakthrough home speaker", activated by Siri Home and known as HomePod. This will compete against Amazon's Echo and Sonos. It will cost $349 and ship in December
- iMacs, with Virtual reality (VR) capabilities and USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports
- Mac OS X, known as High Sierra, staring with 10.13 revision. Mac OS X High Sierra will be able to support external cards and VR and the Apple File System (APFS), as a default
- iMac Pro marketed as the most powerful Mac ever built, with up to 18-core Xeon processors and 128 GB of ECC memory, available in December 2017. The starting price will be $4,999
- iOS 11 with P2P Apple Pay, new sound for Siri, AirPlay 2, Control Center with deep 3D, new file system management similar to Mac Finder. Notes and mail improvement.
- 10.5 inch iPad Pro, with refresh rate of 120Hz up from 60Hz, True tone display, up to 600 nits brightness and HDR video. Similar updates for iPad Pro 12.9-inch.
- Apple Pencil with 20ms latency, the industry best
- watchOS 4 for Apple Watch with Siri watch face, and the capability to connect with gym equipment and sync multiple playslists. Vertical dock, redesigned music app, enhanced workout, new monthly activity challenges.
- Apple Music has reached 27 million subscribers
- Apple Map wil have posted speed limits and lane guidance
- Refreshes of 21.5 and 27 -Inch iMacs with brighter displays, Kaby Lake processors, and faster storage.