Yes, Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference did its typical thing of announcing new stuff in order from least interesting to most interesting, so I’m going to do the opposite, and start with the good stuff. “quotes”
The iMac Pro! Seems like Apple has given up on the whole trash can idea and just decided to juice up its regular 27 inch iMac design. The iMac Pro will support eight, 10, or 18-core Intel Xeon processors and will run workstation-class Radeon Vega graphics, with up to 22 teraflops of half-precision performance. It will support up to 128GB of ECC memory, with four USB Type C Thunderbolt 3 ports and 10-gigabit Internet, starting at $4 thousand 999 bucks. It’s the most powerful Mac ever, and of course it is. .. I mean it should be. Why are you even telling us that?
Apple also refreshed its entire line of regular iMacs and Macbooks with Kaby Lake processors.
Next most interesting thing: the HomePod. The name might lead you to believe it’s a futuristic space dwelling, but no, this is Apple’s answer to the Amazon Echo and Google Home-type devices of the world. It’s also where Apple took their trash can design, I guess, yeah it’s better for speakers than computers I guess. It’s got a 7-tweeter speaker array at the bottom surrounding a four-inch central woofer. It’s powered by Apple’s A8 chip, so you can say “Hey Siri”, and have the HomePod attempt to do things that Siri can do. Which is not much! Ha, I’m terrible. But Apple actually seems to know this, and are marketing the HomePod primarily as a smart home speaker for music, with some AI assistant perks thrown in. It’s $349, which is definitely worth it just for the sparkly top thing. I didn’t KNOW I wanted it. But now I do.
Now let’s speed through the rest of Apple’s announcements. The successor to macOS Sierra is called High Sierra… ok – Safari will have built-in autoplay blocking and intelligent tracking prevention, take that Google ads, it’ll use a new file system called Apple File System, it will support new VR technologies – SteamVR is coming to Mac, and Apple’s own Metal API supports VR now too. Oh. Will Macs actually be useful for VR? Ok, keep on an eye on that. High Sierra releases for free this fall and a dev beta is available now. There’s a new iPad Pro, with a bigger 10.5-inch screen with a 120Hz refresh rate, which brings the Pencil’s latency down to 20ms. It runs the new A10X Fusion chip, with 6 CPU cores and 12 GPU cores for around 30-40% better performance. iOS 11 got a number of updates including a new translation feature in beta and ARKit, which will help developers build augmented reality apps. iOS for iPad, however, looks a lot more like macOS, with an app Dock, a new File browser, and the ability to Drag and Drop things around just like a desktop.
Well, I didn’t mean to make Apple all of today’s main stories, but look, it’s happened. Life takes us in strange places. So now it’s time for some non-Apple news, with,
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IBM has created a new 5nm transistor process called gate-all-around, or GAA, which uses horizontally stacked layers of silicon, enabling a fourth “gate”, which could, in turn, enable a 40 percent performance improvement over 10nm designs. See, IBM doesn’t just like feed Watson data like you feed a baby mashed carrots, they do other stuff too.
A leaked Intel presentation shows 6-core processors will be coming to the Z370 chipset this fall, and here’s where it starts to get really apparently that AMD has really screwed up naming schemes for processors. They’re gonna X370, Intel has Z370. X399, vs X299. Dang it, AMD.
In other Intel news, according to an ASUS rep, the 18-core i9 7980XE won’t be released until later this year, so looks like Threadripper will have the jump on Intel for the nonce. Nonce. Look it up.
Hey, let’s check in with Palmer Luckey – his new gig is building an infrared and LIDAR-powered detection system, so he can, I guess, get hired by Trump to watch over the border wall? Good to see he’s doing something. Other than showing a little too much skin. For my taste.
And if references in Insider builds and a leaked slide is any indication, Microsoft is working on a new version of Windows 10 Pro, for workstation PCs with support for up to 4 CPUs and memory up to 6TB. Finally. I’ve had 6TB of memory just sitting on my shelf until now. I’m kidding, of course, this is for servers. Like waitresses.
Sources for all of today’s news stories can be found in the NCIX Forum post linked in the description.
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