Saturday, 22 Sep 2018

News from the Apple WWDC 2017 conference

iMac Pro

A lot of news came in from the first day of Apple’s WWDC 2017 conference in San Jose. Plenty of news sources cover the general Apple ecosystem however we’d like to point you to some interesting USB-C related tidbits.

Both MacRumors and The Verge reporting on new iMacs. These so-called all-in-one computers got their last update in October 2015, and are now getting a major update with new CPUs and two Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports. This makes it the first Apple desktop computer with USB-C ports.

ArsTechnica reports about a new GPU enclosure for MacBook Pros. It connects via Thunderbolt 3 and come equipped with an AMD Radeon RX 580 video card and it’s available right now for developers. The enclosure is made by Sonnet. There are do-it-yourself guides from the notable community and there’s hardware coming from innovators like Mantiz but Apple now comes out with a plug-and-play product. They’ve also published a guide for developers.

We feel there are some missed opportunities as well; new 10.5 and 12.9 inch iPad Pro models are available but these come with Apple’s proprietary Lightning port. We didn’t expect that they’d replace the port on the iPad, but we were definitely unpleasantly surprised at the news that these iPads still come with a simple charger with a USB-A port! Weird, since the 13″ iPad Pro actually supports the USB-PD protocol (i.e. hook up a 13″ iPad Pro to a USB-C charger and it’ll charge much faster).

To close off, ArsTechnica has a decent writeup on a newly announced Apple product, the Homepod. We could not find out whether USB-C is among its ports but will update when we know more.