A first look at the iMac Pro from Ars Technica tells us about the machine no one was expecting. We were probably looking forward to Apple’s modular Mac Pro being announced maybe at the end of the year, or even sometime next year, but now that they’ve got their “thin and light” machine out of the way for pro-level users, the actual Mac Pro should be incredible. Apple’s iMac Pro press release confirms that the iMac Pro is in addition to the upcoming modular Mac Pro.
With WWDC happening bright and early tomorrow morning, Ars Technica tells us what to expect from what might turn out of be one of just four Apple events this year. With WWDC being a primarily developer-focused event, there’s a good chance we’ll see updates to all the Apple platforms, but nothing is for certain when it comes to the details.
There’s a new version of Swift Playgrounds on the way from Apple, complete with support for interaction with real-world robots, drones, and music instruments. Apple’s announcement of Swift Playgrounds 1.5 says the app will soon support Bluetooth enabled devices such as the Sphero SPRK+, Lego Mindstorms Education EV3, Parrot drones, and more. Starting on Monday, those wanting to program commands into their robots can do so.
New renders of the upcoming iPhone design compare one possible design with the iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S8. There’s a couple of things I don’t like about this, however: there’s no single image that has the iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S8 design alongside the proposed iPhone design. Plus, I’m not sure I like the screen cutout for the earpiece, front-facing camera, ambient light sensor, and proximity sensor. It looks very out of place, and I can’t see Apple releasing that kind of compromise in going for maximum possible display area.
Apple has announced Carpool Karaoke will be available to all Apple Music subscribers starting August 8. While that will likely mean a next-day release for us in a different timezone than the US, we’ll still be able to see different celebrities from music and pop culture paired up and singing tunes in a weekly series. There’s no indication of how many episodes will air in the series, but we might as well enjoy it while we can. You know, before the nuclear winter.
The jury’s still out on whether AI will be the next big thing, but rumour has it Apple is working on a chip to power AI on devices. Much like it did for motion data with the M-series coprocessors, a specific chip for AI on device would allow for more advanced interactions and capabilities, providing the kind of always-on AI that would be the precursor to a “Her” future.
Apple has confirmed the WWDC keynote will be livestreamed. The Apple TV events app has been updated, so you can follow along with Apple’s developer-focused event keynote on June 6, 3am.
A case designed for the next iPhone was purchased by Mac Otakara, who took some photos and compared the size to the current models. Given rumours it’s unsurprising that the case is marginally larger than the current iPhone 7, but still noticeably smaller than the iPhone 7 Plus. The vertically-aligned dual camera cutout is also roughly the same size as the current dual-lens camera arrangement on the Plus-sized model.
The launch of Apple’s app development curriculum for high school and community college students is both a way to get students into programming and providing the necessary material for them to do so. Offered as a free download from the iBooks Store, App Development with Swift teaches students elements of app design, and what’s more, six community colleges in the US will be offering the course to close to half a million students.
Apple and Nokia have settled their patent dispute. The two companies announced they had entered a licensing agreement, with Nokia providing network infrastructure services to Apple, and Apple resuming selling Nokia health products, including Withings accessories. Both companies have said they’re interested in future health initiatives, according to The Verge, but for now, Nokia will receive an upfront cash payment from Apple.
Thanks to sources in China, we now get a look at a case for the 10.5-inch iPad. The comparison to the 9.7-inch iPad shows that it’s a little taller and very slightly wider, suggesting the extra screen real-estate will come from slimmed-down bezels around the display. Microphone holes are also present on the rear of the device, matching previous iPad designs.