The iPhone SE 2 is a bit of an enigma at this point in time. We have heard that the phone could launch in May/June, but another report claims that Apple might not launch the phone at all. However a new report is claiming that they will, and that if an…More...
At every WWDC event, Apple tends to announce new products/services, such as new versions of existing software, new SDKs, and sometimes new devices. We expect that will take place later this year, but when exactly is anyone’s guess, although potential …More...
Last week it was reported that Apple had an upcoming feature for its Messages app called “Business Chat”. From the brief description on its website, it looked like this feature was being aimed at businesses who are looking for new and more hi-tech and possibly more efficient ways of communicating with customers.
During a session at WWDC 2017, it seems that more details of the service was revealed. Business Chat will be part of iOS 11 (and presumably beyond) where through Safari, Maps, Spotlight, or Siri, users will be able to start conversations with businesses that support the service. In a way it almost sounds like how one might communicate with businesses through their Facebook Pages and Facebook Messenger.
However with Business Chat, Apple plans for it to be more than just a chatting platform. The company envisions how it will be able to support more complex interactions like scheduling an appointment, make bookings, and so on. One of the examples Apple showed was how customers can actually place an order, make payment using Apple Pay, and even track the shipping all within Business Chat itself.
The feature will also be integrated with other customer service platforms which includes LivePerson, Salesforce, Nuance, and Genesys. For now interactions will be completely human-to-human, unlike Facebook Messenger which allows companies to use chatbots, but that could change in the future.More...
Apple has updated its Mac lineup today with faster processors and graphics, Thunderbolt 3, brighter Retina displays, faster storage options, and more. Apple has also updated the MacBook and MacBook Pro lineups today with faster processors. The company has launched a new product called the iMac Pro which it claims is the most powerful Mac it has ever made.
The refreshed MacBook and MacBook Pro models don’t get any design changes. The new MacBook now features faster Kaby Lake processors up to 1.3 Ghz Core i7, up to 50 percent faster SSD. The new 13 inch MacBook Pro features Kaby Lake processors up to 3.5 GHz Core i7 while the 15 inch can be configured with an up to 3.1 GHz core i7 processor.
The 13 inch model adds a new $1,299 configuration and the 15 inch model gets more video memory. The refreshed notebooks are available for purchase via Apple.com starting today.
Apple has also updated the iMac to faster Kaby Lake processors up to 4.2Ghz with support for up to twice the memory as the previous generation. The Fusion Drive will now be standard on all 27 inch configurations as well as the high-end 21.5 inch iMac. All SSD storage options are now up to 50 percent faster while Thunderbolt 3 is onboard as well.
The new Radeon Pro 500-series graphics card with up to 8GB of vRAM improves graphics across the entire lineup. The display is 43 percent brighter at 500 nits to a more visually immersive experience. The new iMac is also available for order starting today. Apple has even updated the 13 inch MacBook Air with a 1.8 GHz processor.
Apple has provided a sneak peek of iMac Pro today. It’s a new workstation-class product that is aimed at professional users. The iMac Pro is the most powerful Mac the company has ever built. It has a 27 inch Retina 4K display with up to 18 core Xeon processors and up to 22 Teraflops of graphics processing power.
Apple says that it has reengineered the entire system and developed a completely new thermal architecture for providing exceptional performance with up to 80 percent more cooling capacity in the same iMac design.
The iMac Pro will feature the new Radeon Pro Vega graphics card and up to 16GB of on-package high-bandwidth memory (HBM2). It will have support for up to 4TB of SSD and up to 128GB of ECC memory. iMac Pro has four Thunderbolt 3 ports and support for 10Gb Ethernet.
Apple is going to start shipping the iMac Pro in the United States in December with prices starting at $4,999.
Apple previewed macOS High Sierra today, the latest iteration of its desktop operating system. It’s all about refinement with this update. High Sierra brings new core storage, video, and graphics technologies as well which will pave the way for future innovation on the Mac. It also brings an all-new file system and support for support for High-Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC). Native apps like Photos, Safari, and Mail have all been refined in this update.
Apple File System (APFS) is included in macOS High Sierra. It provides improved performance, security, and reliability of data. It makes common operations like copying files instantaneous, protects data from power outages and system crashes while native encryption keeps files secures. High Sierra will maintain complete read and write compatibility with previously formatted HFS drives and data.
The industry-standard HEVC (H.265) is supported, it significantly improves quality rates of video streaming and 4K video playback. Metal, described as “the fastest, most efficient way to tap into GPU power on the Mac,” is onboard as well. It brings support for machine learning used in natural language processing, computer vision, and speech recognition.
For the first time, macOS High Sierra also adds support for VR content creating. This will enable developers to create 3D and VR content on the Mac. Valve is already optimizing its SteamVR platform for the Mac and enabling connection of the HTC Vive to macOS computers. More VR companies will work with Apple to expand virtual reality’s reach on the Mac.
Countless refinements have been made to system apps like Photos, Safari, Mail, Siri, Notes, Spotlight, and more.
A developer preview of macOS High Sierra will be available starting today to members of the Apple Developer Program. A public beta program will be launched later this month. macOS High Sierra will be released as a free update for everyone later this year in the fall.
At WWDC 2017 today, Apple has unveiled an all-new 10.5 inch iPad Pro. It has also updated the 12.5 inch iPad Pro. The all-new 10.5 inch model slims down bezels by nearly 40 percent in a package that still weighs less than one pound.
Apple claims that both new tablets are “by far the most powerful iPads” that it has ever created. They feature ProMotion displays and Apple’s new A10X Fusion processor as well as the advanced camera system from the iPhone 7.
The company says that the redesigned Retina display in the new iPad Pro features ProMotion which is a new technology that delivers refresh rates of up to 120Hz for fluid scrolling and more responsiveness.
The new 64-bit A10X Fusion processor promises enhanced performance for complex tasks such as photo editing, 4K video, 3D image rendering, and gaming. The six-core CPU and 12-core GPU provide up to 30 and 40 percent CPU and GPU performance than the A9X chip.
Both iPad Pro models feature the same 12 megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization and 7 megapixel FaceTime HD camera as the iPhone 7. The iPad Pro also has a four-speaker audio system, an embedded Apple SIM as well as support for 802.11ac Wi-Fi and LTE-Advanced.
The new iPad Pro models can be ordered starting today from Apple.com and will be released to customers next week. They will also be available starting next week from Apple retail stores. Both will be updated to iOS 11 in the fall.
The new 10.5 inch iPad Pro is available in silver, space gray, gold, and rose gold colors with prices starting at $649 for the 64GB Wi-Fi only model and $779 for the Cellular model. The new 12.9 inch iPad Pro is available in space gray, silver, and gold colors with prices starting at $799 for the 64GB Wi-Fi only and $929 for the 64GB Cellular model.More...