The New Tech You Need To Know about From Apple's WWDC 2023

The New Tech You Need To Know about From Apple's WWDC 2023

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Apple's WWDC 2023 was a big event with lots of exciting announcements. They introduced the Vision Pro, which is their first mixed reality headset, and a 15-inch MacBook Air. They also updated the Mac Studio and Mac Pro with a new M2 Ultra chip. Apple also made significant upgrades to its software platforms.

The Vision Pro is the star of the show. It's a standalone mixed reality headset with powerful features like the M2 chip, 4K displays for each eye, and multiple cameras and sensors for hand gestures and 3D photography. It even has an external screen that shows your eyes and lets others know when you're using apps.

The Vision Pro runs on visionOS, a new platform designed specifically for spatial computing. It has a 3D interface that allows apps, FaceTime calls, and other tasks to appear in physical space. You can control your Mac, play games, and use iPad apps on a virtual screen. Disney is even planning to create Disney+ experiences for the headset.

The Vision Pro is not cheap, though. It will cost $3,499 and won't be available until early 2024. It's primarily targeted towards developers.

Another important announcement was the 15-inch MacBook Air. It's Apple's first large laptop aimed at everyday users. It has the same M2 chip, MagSafe connector, and Thunderbolt 4 ports as the 13-inch version, but with a bigger 15.3-inch display and a longer 18-hour battery life. It's also very thin and lightweight.

The 15-inch MacBook Air starts at $1,299 and will be available starting June 13th. If you don't need a larger laptop, Apple has also reduced the price of the 13-inch Air to $1,099.

After three years, Apple has finally completed its transition to in-house silicon for its computers. The new Mac Pro uses the M2 Ultra chip and offers significant performance improvements. It has a 24-core CPU and a 76-core GPU, which makes it up to three times faster than its Intel-based predecessor. It also has expansion options with seven PCIe slots and eight Thunderbolt 4 ports.

The Mac Studio is an updated version of last year's compact pro machine. It comes in two configurations, M2 Max and M2 Ultra, and has a higher-bandwidth HDMI port that supports up to 8K resolution and 240Hz refresh rates.

Both the Mac Studio and Mac Pro will be available on June 13th. The Mac Studio starts at $1,999, while the Mac Pro starts at $6,599.

Apple introduced iOS 17 at WWDC, which brings several improvements to the iPhone. There are enhancements to basic apps like Calls and Messages, as well as new features for FaceTime, sharing, Siri, and autocorrect. There's also a new Journal app and mood tracking in the Health app.

iOS 17 will be released in the fall, but a developer preview is already available. A public beta will be available in July. It's important to note that the iPhone 8 and iPhone X will not be supported in this release.

For iPad users, iPadOS 17 aims to catch up with iOS 16. It adds lock screen customization with interactive widgets, brings the Health app to the iPad, and introduces new features to the Notes app. It also includes improvements to multitasking, external monitor support, and the Journal app.

iPadOS 17 will be released in the fall, and a developer preview is already available. A public test release is expected in July.

The Apple Watch is also getting an interface overhaul with watchOS 10. It includes a Smart Stack of widgets, new features for apps like Activity and World Clock, and additions for cyclists and hikers. There are also new features for the Mindfulness app, FaceTime, and Fitness+ subscribers.

A developer preview of watchOS 10 is available now, and a public beta will be released in July. The final upgrade will be available in the fall.

The Mac software, macOS Sonoma, adds interactive desktop widgets that can sync with your iPhone, improved video calls, stricter anti-tracking measures in Safari, and Game Mode for gamers. There are also Apple TV-style video screensavers and accessibility improvements.

Developers can try out a preview of macOS Sonoma today, and a public beta will be available in July. The final version will be released in the fall.

There were some additional updates across the ecosystem. Apple TV users on tvOS 17 can now make FaceTime calls using an iPhone. Control Center has been redesigned, and there's a new Adaptive Audio feature for second-generation AirPods Pro that adjusts noise cancellation and volume based on your surroundings.

Overall, Apple's WWDC 2023 was packed with exciting announcements and updates for their hardware and software platforms.

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