Apple announces new 2017 iMacs, offers improved screens, Kaby Lake processors, USB-C ports on board

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Date: Monday, June 5th, 2017, 13:05
Category: Hardware, iMac, News, Processors, retail, USB-C, WWDC

The new iMac was just announced at WWDC and it includes some interesting upgrades.

Apple has, according to CEO Tim Cook, included the “best Mac displays ever,” upping the brightness to 500 nits to make them 43 percent brighter while bringing support for a billion colors. The new units also feature faster Intel Kaby Lake processors up to 4.2 GHz, higher memory capacity, super-fast storage, and next-generation graphics, as well as a pair of Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports, which have yet to arrive on any other Mac.

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WWDC: Stay Tuned for Coverage, Catch the Keynote Live Stream

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Date: Monday, June 5th, 2017, 05:49
Category: Announcement, Developer, iOS, News, Software, WWDC

Ladies and gents, Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off today in San Jose on Monday.

The keynote will begin on Monday at 2 PM PST and we’ll provide full coverage of the highly-anticipated announcements as they become available.

Stick around, the news shall be forthcoming and you can catch the livestream here from the moment it begins.

Apple releases details about Swift Playgrounds 1.5, points to hardware that will be controllable via the update

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Date: Friday, June 2nd, 2017, 05:41
Category: Developer, iOS, iPad, News, Software, Swift, WWDC

This could lead to something pretty neat.

Apple released an update on Thursday in which it provided a detailed update as to Swift Playgrounds 1.5 will let students control robots, drone, and musical instruments.

The announcement reads as follows:

Apple® today announced that Swift Playgrounds™, its educational coding app for iPad®, will offer an exciting new way to learn to code using robots, drones and musical instruments. Swift Playgrounds is perfect for students and beginners learning to code with Swift™, Apple’s powerful and intuitive programming language for building world-class apps.

Apple says Swift Playgrounds 1.5 will let students control Bluetooth-connected bots including “LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3, Sphero SPRK+, Parrot drones and more.”

In the announcement, Craig Federighi says Swift Playgrounds already has over 1 million users around the world. Apple specifically details compatibility between Swift Playgrounds 1.5 and these products:

— LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 are incredibly popular in schools around the world and give students the power to explore coding through real-life problem solving as they create and command their own robotic LEGO creatures, vehicles, machines and inventions. With Swift Playgrounds kids can code and interact with their creations’ motors and sensors.

— Sphero SPRK+, a popular robotic ball, rolls, turns, accelerates and changes colors. Sensors provide feedback when Sphero hits an obstacle, and all of it can be controlled with Swift code.

— Parrot’s Mambo, Airborne and Rolling Spider drones can take off, land, turn and perform aerial figures like flips, all under the control of code users create.

— UBTECH’s Jimu Robot MeeBot Kit lets kids program their buildable robot to walk, wave and dance.

— Dash by Wonder Workshop is an exciting, hands-on learning robot for students, designed to teach the fundamentals of coding, creative problem solving and computational thinking.

— Skoog is a tactile cube that enables children of all abilities to have fun exploring, creating and playing music with Swift code.

Cool stuff, albeit this begs the question: Where was anything this nifty when I was a kid?

Apple says the new version of Swift Playgrounds will be available starting Monday, June 5. Swift Playgrounds is available for free for the iPad and requires iOS 10.0 or later to install and run.

Via 9to5Mac and the App Store

Rumor: Newly registered model numbers hint at products to be announced at WWDC

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Date: Thursday, June 1st, 2017, 05:31
Category: Developer, Hardware, iPad, MacBook, MacBook Pro, Processors, Rumor, WWDC

When the new model numbers come out, Apple typically has something up its sleeve.

The company has apparently registered new model numbers with the Eurasian Economic Commission. The assumption is that these numbers coincide with new Macs and new iPads being announced at WWDC next week. Russia requires companies to register all new products that utilize encryption tools.

The new model numbers (A1289, A1347, A1418, A1419, and A1481) are thought to belong to a 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro, a 12-inch MacBook, and perhaps a refreshed MacBook Air. These have been pointed out to be new model numbers as opposed to current model numbers.

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Rumor: Apple begins manufacturing Siri Speaker, will debut unit at WWDC 2017

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Date: Thursday, June 1st, 2017, 05:43
Category: Developer, Hardware, Rumor, Siri, WWDC

Apple’s long-awaited Siri Speaker may already be going through the manufacturing process with a debut date at WWDC 2017.

Per Bloomberg, sources have stated that Apple’s smart speaker system will feature “virtual surround sound technology” and deep integration with Apple’s current lineup. Prototype testing apparently began began months ago and the manufacturing company behind Apple’s AirPods will also be responsible for building out the new speaker.

Sources have also stated that the audio technology within the speaker will be louder and “reproduce sound more crisply” then rivals, and that Apple has considered measuring room acoustics to adjust sound levels.

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Apple Pay expected to arrive in Ukraine come Q2 of 2018

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Date: Wednesday, May 31st, 2017, 05:48
Category: Apple Pay, Finance, News, retail, Software

It looks like Apple Pay is en route to the Ukraine come next year.

An Alfa-Bank executive stated that Apple Pay should arrive in the Ukraine in the second quarter of 2018.

The head of Alfa-Bank Ukraine’s e-business, Maxim Patrin, cited an anonymous source from one of the payment systems operating in the country. Alfa-Bank is based primarily in Russia, and may be better known to U.S. readers for alleged ties to U.S. President Donald Trump.

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Intel announces X-Series processors, including 18-core, 36-thread model

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Date: Wednesday, May 31st, 2017, 05:58
Category: Hardware, iMac, Mac Pro, MacBook Pro, News, Processors

If you’re hankering for an insane next-gen processor that might one day find its way into the Mac, it’s about here.

Intel today has announced its new family of Intel Core processors. Titled as Intel Core X-Series, the new high-end desktop processors are the next step in Intel’s processor family. The units range from $242 – $1,999, the X-Series looks to cover the gamut of next generation desktop processing power.

Perhaps most impressive is the fact that the X-Series i9-7908XE boasts both 18-cores and 36-threads.

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Shipping times slip for 15-inch MacBook Pro, offering new hopes for updated model announcement at WWDC

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Date: Tuesday, May 30th, 2017, 05:26
Category: Hardware, MacBook, MacBook Pro, retail, Rumor, WWDC

When the shipping times slip, odds are something new is around the corner.

Apple has changed the shipping times for current 15-inch MacBook Pro orders placed today, the new estimates offering free delivery between June 6-8 in the United States, coinciding with its Worldwide Developers Conference next week.

This delay lends support to the rumor that Apple is planning to announce both a new MacBook Pro and 12-inch MacBook notebook at the WWDC keynote on June 5. The notebooks are expected to receive internal improvements only, including an upgrade to Intel’s faster Kaby Lake processors.

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New elements of Apple Park campus begin to surface in Maps

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Date: Tuesday, May 30th, 2017, 05:06
Category: Apple, News

This is kind of neat.

In a recent update to Apple Maps’ data, Apple has included enhanced coverage of the Apple Park campus, the app now displaying 3D building models, walkways and other points of interest across the sprawling grounds.

The new data includes a comprehensive “Map” video with highly detailed 3D building models, guides to the roads running in and out of the campus, traffic directions, pedestrian walkways and more. The new maps also display a small manmade pond that sits on the grounds.

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Happy Memorial Day from O’Grady’s PowerPage!

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Date: Monday, May 29th, 2017, 05:35
Category: Announcement, Holiday

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s Memorial Day and the staff of O’Grady’s PowerPage will be taking the day off to spend time with friends and family as well as pay respect to our nation’s veterans for their service.

We’ll be back tomorrow, so get together with some friends, put the Macs and devices aside for a bit, enjoy some great food and we’ll have the latest events in the Apple universe coming your way as always.

See you on Tuesday!