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Apple let me down: 3 things I wanted to see at WWDC 2017

Apple let me down: 3 things I wanted to see at WWDC 2017

At a jam-packed two and a half hours, Apple's WWDC 2017 keynote certainly wasn't slow going. iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra; the Siri-powered HomePod and new MacBook Pro and MacBook Configurations; the updated iMac and the sneak peek of the stealthily-seductive iMac Pro: this year's Apple developer conference bucked the trend and mixed new software and hardware. All well and good, but I went into WWDC day one with some back-of-the-envelope expectations, and those turned out to be dashed. Here are the three things I wanted to see Apple bring to the table, and why.

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iPad Pro 10.5-inch hands-on: iOS 11’s big cheerleader

iPad Pro 10.5-inch hands-on: iOS 11’s big cheerleader

"In every generation there is a chosen one," and in the case of iOS 11 it's the new iPad Pro 10.5-inch that is the unofficial cheerleader for Apple's big new mobile update. Both revealed at WWDC 2017 today, the new iPad Pro and the new iOS version go hand-in-hand. Indeed, Apple pointed out, iOS 11 will be the biggest iOS update for iPad ever.

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The iMac Pro is the gorgeous Darth Vader of Apple products

The iMac Pro is the gorgeous Darth Vader of Apple products

The iMac Pro is classic Apple. Although the flagship all-in-one desktop isn't set to reach Apple Store shelves until December this year, and while it will carry an eye-watering price tag when it does, there's something about the Mac-maker's combination of style, hyperbole, and pure performance that is bound to give desktop computer upgraders pause if they're poised over buying another workstation. Here at WWDC 2017, where the wraps have just been taken off the Space Gray iMac Pro, it's hard to resist its charms.

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Siri Speaker up close: this is Apple HomePod

Siri Speaker up close: this is Apple HomePod

This morning Apple revealed the HomePod, their first "home speaker" - or Siri Speaker, if you prefer. This device has the same processor as the most modern iPhone, no display, and a much more powerful set of speakers than an iPhone. It needs to be plugged in to a physical wall socket and it's able to do a litany of tasks if you ask it - through Siri, of course. Today we're having a closer look at Apple official.

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Apple Pencil is faster than ever, beating the Surface Pen

Apple Pencil is faster than ever, beating the Surface Pen

Apple has just unveiled its newest iPad Pro tablet, and alongside it comes a new Apple Pencil, one that features the lowest latency thus far at 20ms. This is great for artists and others who prefer Apple's tablets, but also marks a new bragging right for Apple. The company has just bested Microsoft's new Surface Pen, something the company had itself bragged was faster than the Apple Pencil.

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Apple HomePod speaker release date and details

Apple HomePod speaker release date and details

The Apple Home Speaker is what Tim Cook suggested would be Apple's attempt to "reinvent home music." This device, says Apple, is in line with the legacy of the iPod, and reinventing personal mobile music. Phil Schiller stepped on stage and detailed the speaker top to bottom as a piece of equipment that had not existed before - "Why hasn't this happened yet?"

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iPad Pro 2017 release date, pricing, and details

iPad Pro 2017 release date, pricing, and details

Apple has taken the wraps off its new 10.5" iPad Pro, a more powerful version of its professional-tier iOS slates for those who need the best performance with no exception. There's a lot to like about this new slate, not the least of which is its 10.5-inch Retina display. Unlike past models, Apple has also managed to work in a 120Hz refresh rate, something that will give users a smoother, more responsive experience.

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iPhone Augmented Reality revealed with ARKit

iPhone Augmented Reality revealed with ARKit

Apple's next hand in the future is Augmented Reality, as evidenced this morning by Craig Federighi speaking onstage at WWDC 2017. With Augmented Reality developer kit - ARKit, they call it - developers will be influencing the way the future is seen through the iPhone and iPad. With this kit, simple computations are able to be made, for starters, including allowing the iPhone to detect a flat table surface.

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iOS 11 Siri update: new voice, translation abilities, and on-device learning

iOS 11 Siri update: new voice, translation abilities, and on-device learning

Apple has announced big changes coming to Siri on iOS 11, among them being a new voice that sounds less robotic than the current iteration. The changes were announced here at the company's WWDC 2017 keynote, where Apple explained that the updated version of its digital personal assistant will be arriving on Apple products later this year when iOS 11 rolls out. The changes are both big and welcomed.

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iMac Pro release date and details

iMac Pro release date and details

This morning Apple revealed the iMac Pro, the first in its line of all-in-one computers with the "Pro" moniker. This version of the iMac will be much more powerful than its predecessors and just a bit more powerful than the rest of the iMac lineup revealed earlier today. This is what Apple is suggesting will be "the most powerful Mac ever."

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WatchOS 4 detailed: Siri, new Watchfaces, NFC expands

WatchOS 4 detailed: Siri, new Watchfaces, NFC expands

This week Apple's Kevin Lynch stood on stage at WWDC 2017 and spoke about the next big update to the Apple Watch. This new update will bring Siri to the Apple Watch, at last. It'll be like having a digital assistant available all the time - from your wrist. This update also brings a stream of information from Siri - using machine learning to make the best guess at what you'll want next.

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New Mac, iPad, and more spotted ahead of WWDC 2017 reveal

New Mac, iPad, and more spotted ahead of WWDC 2017 reveal

Apple's WWDC 2017 is just around the corner, but signs of new MacBook Pro models along with updated iPads and accessories have already been spotted. The Cupertino company's annual developer conference has, for the past few years at least, been devoid of hardware announcements. That looks set to change, and in a big way, for 2017.

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