MacDailyNews presents live coverage of Apple’s WWDC 2017 keynote address

Apple CEO Tim Cook and a team of Apple executives will kick off the company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference with a keynote address today, June 5th, at 10am PDT/ 1pm EDT.

The WWDC 2017 keynote address will be held at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California as Apple’s renowned developer community comes together to learn about the future of macOSX, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS.

Apple today will stream the company’s WWDC Keynote live via Safari browser and Apple TV. Live streaming uses Apple’s HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) technology. HLS requires an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with Safari on iOS 7.0 or later, a Mac with Safari 6.0.5 or later on OS X v10.8.5 or later, or a PC with Microsoft Edge on Windows 10. Streaming via Apple TV requires an Apple TV (2nd or 3rd generation) with software 6.2 or later or an Apple TV (4th generation).

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MacDailyNews will offer live notes during Apple’s keynote on this page. We’ll see you back here just before 10am PDT/ 1pm EDT.

Live notes from Apple CEO Tim Cook’s WWDC 2017 keynote address in reverse chronological order:

• End of keynote
• Cook says thank you.
• Cook: Special fireside chat with Michelle Obama tomorrow in McEnery Convention Center
• Cook invites devs to hand-on section and workshops
• Cook recaps today’s announcements
• Cook retakes stage

• HomePod will be available for $349 (US) in white and space gray starting in December initially in Australia, the UK and the US.HomePod is compatible with iPhone 5s and later, running iOS 11. (Pricing in Australia and the UK will be announced later this year.)
• HomePod will only cost $349 (That is a surprisingly great price – MDN Ed.)
• Anywhere in the world, you can use your iPhone or iPad’s Home app to control HomePod and your HomeKit devices (encrypted for privacy)
• Siri in HomePod is also a home assistant: News, Messages, Unit conversion, Reminders, Timers, Sports, Traffic, Home control, etc.
• HomePod: Powerful, spatially aware, Siri musicologist
• “Hey Siri” works with HomePod
• HomePod can get Apple Music directly from the cloud. It knows your preferences, your playlists, your listening patterns
• The built-in musicologist. Designed to work with Apple Music
• When you set up two in one room, they work together

Apple's all-new HomePod
Apple’s all-new HomePod

• Speaker knows where it is in relation to walls, furniture, etc.
• Sounds incredible
• Apple A8 chip – the biggest brain ever in a speaker
• 4 inch upward-facing woofer
• precision acoustics horns
• 7-array tweeter pack – each with individual driver
• Amazing audio technology
• Just like iPad reinvented music in our pockets, HomePod is going to reinvent music in our homes
• HomePod: Comes in black or white
• Sneak peek
• Coming later this year
• Powerful, spatial awareness, musicologist contained within
• Apple has been “hard at work for many years” on such a speaker
• We ant to combine great sound with smart speakers
• Schiller takes stage
• Just like we did with portable music, we want to reinvent home music
• Cook: What about our homes?
• AirPods make it magical
• Apple Music: 40 million songs in your pocket
• Cook retakes stage

• “Finally, the promise of iPad is realized.” – SteveJack

• iPad Pro + iOS 11 video.
• iOS 11 available to devs today; beta to registered devs by end of month; public release later this year
• Federighi retakes stage
• The new Flick Keyboard makes typing easier on iPad Pro
• Apple Pencil demo – Toby Patterson
• Notes now has a built-in document scanner
• Handritten text in Notes is now searchable (thanks to machine learning)
• Apple Pencil integrated deeply in iOS 11
• Files on iPad Pro is like Finder on the Mac
• File management on iPad Pro!
• Drag and Drop and the new Files app will change the way people use- and think of – iPad Pro
• Multitasking is much easier and more intuitive
• Files supports iCloud, third-parties, spring-loaded folders, nested folders, etc.
• New app: Files
• New Keyboard
• Drag and Drop comes to iPad! (“It’s a dragfest!” – Hair Force One)
• New App Switcher
• Summon the Dock anytime from the bottom of the screen – can be used for multitasking
• iPad+iOS 11: The largest iOS release ever for iPad

• All-new iPad Pro available today, ship next week
• 64GB storage $649 for 10.5-inch, $799 for 12.9-inch
• New Smart Covers – including new sleeve with actual Apple Pencil storage (imaging that! – MDN Ed.)
• iPad Pro supports USB 3 and fast charging (half the time as before)
• 7MP FaceTime HD – same as iPhone 7
• 12MP camera – same as iPhone 7
• iPad Pro: 10-hour battery life
• Affinity Photo for the iPad Pro is available via App Store today
• No noticeable latency whatsoever
• Affinity Photo demo on new iPad Pro
• A10X: Six-core CPU; 30% faster CPU, 40% faster graphics vs. the already industry-leading A9X
• iPad Pros can adjust refresh rate based on imagery; saves battery
• Apple Pencil gets industry best 20ms latency
• ProMotion: New iPad Pro’s get 120Hz refresh rates – all motion is much smoother, crisper, more responsive; dramatic improvement
• 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pros get new better displys, 600 nits, HDR video
• Full size Apple Smart Keyboard
• Full-size on screen keyboard
• Weighs just one pound
• 40% reduction of bezels
• 10.5-inch Retina display
• Apple intros all-new iPad Pro
• Greg Joswiak: iPad Pro

• Special Chinese features for iOS 11
• Wingnut demo: Watch a movie through your iPad as if you’re shooting it live
• Overnight, ARKit will become the largets AR platform in the world
• ARKit provides fast and stable motion tracking, identifies planes, surfaces, ambient light – uses the high performance Camera, GPU, CPU in iOS devices
• Add virtual objects to reality – very fast and realistic
• Augmented Reality: ARKit for developers – demo
• Craig Federighi retakes stage

• AAPL: 153.79, -1.66 (-1.07%), as of 2:28PM EDT

• iOS 11 App Store demo
• App Store gets improved product pages
• App Store gets tabs: Today, Games, Apps, Updates, Search (look is Apple Music on iOS-esque)
• Apple to completely redesign the App Store
• App Store to get phased releases – devs can phase new versions in over time
• Apple’s App Store is a trusted and safe place for users and a great opportunity for developers
• $70 billion paid out to devs to date
• Over 180 billion apps downloaded to date
• App Store: 500 million weekly visit Store
• Phil Schiller takes stage to discuss App Store
• Devs get MusicKit API for Apple Music
• Apple Music gets “Friends are Listening To” section
• Apple Music: 27 million paid subscribers
• Your Apple TV can control multi-room audio home-wide
• HomeKit gets “Speakers” and new AirPlay 2 protocol (multi-room audio in iOS 11)
• Messages with “urgent” can get through
• Do Not Disturb While Driving mode: Keeps the iPhone off. No Notifications while driving (this will actually save lives – MDN Ed.)
• Maps gets Lane Guidance
• In iOS 11, Apple Maps gets Malls (just in time for the death of malls, no less – MDN Ed.) and Airports (limited number to start, more coming over time)
• Siri uses your Safari searches and offers you relevant news, spelling suggestions, etc.
• Memories can auto format based on device turning between portrait and landscape
• Long Exposure effect
• You can designate a better Key Photo in Live Photos
• Control Center now in a single page; 3D Touch enabled (much better – MDN Ed.)
• Major redesign to iOS 11 Control Center – demo
• Live Photos can now be trimmed, editing further
• Memories now offers even more options
• Depth API will be available for developers
• Portrait Mode greatly improved in iOS 11
• Camera app gets HEVC (H.265) – up to 2X better compression; HEIF for Live Photos
• What Siri learns about you on-device is synced across all of your devices; privacy is maintained
• In iOS 11, Siri uses on-device learning
• Siri Intelligence: Understands your context and, ultimately, what you want next
• Siri gets translation (beta) for English to Chinese, French, German, Italian, Spanish with more coming
• Siri gets new voices created with machine learning
• Available across all iOS devices and Apple Watch (watchOS), too
• Apple Pay P2P is integrated right into Messages as an app
• Apple Pay for P2P payments
• Apple Pay: Witll be at more than 50% of US retailers by end of year
• Messages now synced across devices avail for both iOS and macOS
• Redesigned App drawer in Message (so now the average Joe and Jane can actually find and use them!)
• Craig Federighi takes stage: iOS 11. It’s a big one
• Apple going to turn iOS up to 11
• iOS: 86% on iOS 10 vs. 7% on latest fragmandroid version

• Cook retakes stage: “That iMac Pro really is bad ass.”
• Available in December
• iMac Pro starts at $4999
• iMac Pro can drive up to 44 million pixels
• 4 Thunderbolt 3 ports
• Up to 4TB of 3GB/s SSD
• Can add up to 128 GB ECC memory
• Ships withAMD Radeon Vega graphics, up to 16GB VRAM – 11 Teraflops of single precision compute power; up to 22 Teraflops of half precision
• iMac Pro ships with 8-Core, a 10-Core, or an 18-Core Xeon
• Dual centrifugal fan solution
• By far, the most powerful iMac – in fact, the most powerful Mac ever made
• Same external design, but in Space Gray. 5K display
• Sneak peek: new iMac Pro shipping later this year
• All seven new Macs ship today
• New MacBook and MacBook Pro updates: Get Kaby Lake, too. MacBook Air gets MHz bump, too
• New iMac with macOS High Sierra demos of VR content creation: Star Wars
• 27-inch 5K: Radeon Pro 570, 575, & 580 options – a great platform for VR content creation
• 21.5-inch 4K: Radeon Pro 555 & 560; up to 3X faster
• 21.5-inch entry-level: Intel Iris Plus – up top 80% faster
• Next gen. graphics
• Two USB-C (Thunderbolt 3) connectors
• 27-inch iMac can go up to 64 GB RAM (from 32GB)
• 21.5-inch iMac can go up to 32GB RAM (from 16GB)
• 7th gen. Intel Core “Kaby Lake” processors
• iMac get new displays: 500 nits, 43% brightr, 10-bit dithering, one billion colors

• macOS dev beta avail. today; public beat later this month; public release later this year
• Final Cut Pro X; Steam VR engines coming to Mac, Unity and Unreal, too
• Apple doubling down on pro content creation: Metal for VR coming to High Sierra
• Metal for external graphics supports Thunderbolt 3 to external graphics
• The Mac Window Server will use Metal 2
• Metal 2 is tremendously fast
• Metal API: New version: Metal 2
• Video: H.265 HEVC built-into macOS High Sierra and Apple pro apps
• macOS High Sierra: Time for Apple File System as default!
• Apple opens up Photos printing to third-parties
• New Photos editing tools
• Greatly improved Faces – synchronized across devices
• New enhancements to Photos for macOS High Sierra
• Mail now offers split screen in Compose mode; uses 35% less disk space for storing your email
• Safari offers Intelligent Tracking Prevention – uses machine learning to maintain privacy
• Safari has autoplay video blocking (you can always push play)
• Safari is the world’s fastest desktop browser in macOS High Sierra
• This name is “full baked” according to Apple’s marketing team
• Introducing macOS High Sierra
• Perfecting macOS this year
• Craig Federighi takes stage
• macOS
• Cook: “Mac, the heart and soul of Apple”
• Cook retakes stage

• watchOS 4 dev preview available today; watchOS 4 coming this fall
• Native core Bluetooth now supported – Dexcom glucose monitoring, for example
• A lot more coming in watchOS 4 – new flashlight, blinking light for evening runs
• Watch will tell you you need to walk X number of minutes to close your Activity rings
• Apple News app now available on Apple Watch
• New vertical scrolling Dock on Apple Watch in watchOS 4
• Music app also offers multiple playlists 🙂
• Apple Watch gets new music app – automatically sync music you listen to – much easier!
• watchOS 4 enables 2-way data exchange with NFC-equipped gym equipment (compatible with about 80% of equipment in gyms today)
• Can now do multiple workouts in a single session
• HIIT training workout added (finally!)
• Pool swims are enhanced with auto sets
• Closing rings get more impressive celebrations
• Activity notifications are more personalized – prompt you with reminders and challenges – eprsonalized to you
• New Pixar “Toy Story” faces: Woody, Jessie, Buzz – with short vignettes
• Kaleidoscope face
• An intelligent personal assistant right on your wrist
• Watchface changes throughout the day based on your needs
• New Siri watchface – automatically displays info that’s important to you – uses machine learning
• watchOS 4
• Kevin Lynch takes stage
• Next up: Apple Watch. Best-selling smartwatch by far. Highest user satisfaction by far

• “You’ll be hearing a lot more about tvOS later this year”
• Cook pitching Amazon Prime Video
• Amazon is coming to TV app and all Apple TVs with Amazon Prime Video
• First up: tvOS

• 6 important announcements today
• “Apple’s doing great.” too busy for recaps
• tvOS, watchOS, macOS, iOS – Apple’s four platforms

• Youngest and oldest devs featured
• 5300 attendees, 75 countries represented at WWDC 2017
• Apple dev community: 16 million registered devs worldwide; added 3 million last year alone
• This is going to be the best and biggest WWDC ever!
• It’s great to be back from San Jose. 15 years since last WWDC in San Jose
• Apple CEO Tim Cook takes the stage (applause)

• Apple to devs: “Keep making apps. The world is depending on you.”
• New Apple employee unplugs wrong plug – everyone’s apps disappear worldwide – mayhem ensues…
• Intro video

• Here we go…
• Things are running a bit behind schedule in San Jose today
• Keynote to begin shortly…

• Apple Store remains offline:
Apple Store offline

• Approximately 3 minutes to go!

• AAPL: 153.79, -1.66 (-1.07%), as of 12:56PM EDT
• AAPL: 153.94, -1.51 (-0.97%), as of 12:30PM EDT
• AAPL: 153.80, -1.65 (-1.06%), as of 11:25AM EDT


      1. A dock in the front with all my cables going to the external drives and whatnot in the back? I currently have a USB hub in the front for plugging in USB drives and such, but the other ports on the back are loaded with external drives and my keyboard/mouse cables so I don’t have to look at that mess. 4 USB (C or otherwise) is the minimum I would expect on a desktop.

      2. Yes there is, because ports on a hub are less stable than built in ports. I’ve got many devices that just don’t work on a hub, and need to be plugged directly into the computer.

        Thankfully it looks like they kept the 4 USB A ports. But I’ve got about 15 things to plug into them – it’s such a rats nest not being able to use internal drives.

    1. That’s what it says. Down from 4 USB3 and 2 Thunderbold 2 ports (6 total) to just 2 USB-C (TB3) ports. OMG. I guess they don’t plan on you every plugging anything into the iMac.

      1. The specs are up on Has the same 4 USB3 (Type A) ports and 2 USB-C (TB3) ports. The just changed the TB3 to TB3/USB-C

    1. Boy, you got that right.

      I can only imagine the premium cost for the updated, if ever, MacPro trashcan. This iMac Pro cost will be pocket change by comparison.

      As an Apple computer buyer since 1983, only have one thing to say — HELLO Hackintosh … 😪

  1. Wow, decent keynote and then you drop a massive turd at the end announcing Michelle O as a guest. This was worse than that freakshow “artist” who sang at the end of one of their events. Timmy wanted to be sure to keep up his SJW street cred. Republicans buy Apple products too you dolt!

          1. You got poison in your mind, obviously. You seem to be the only sane person on this planet who has such vulgar words about Michelle Obama. And regarding her school food initiative, you have to be a complete idiot to think that the idea was wrong. With the rampant child obesity due to horrible nutrition (lot of it from school cafeterias), a normal, sane person would think a programme to improve children’s nutrition would be a good thing.

            I imagine, if it were thought up by Melania (or Laura), it would have been the best thing ever done for the American kids…

            1. complete idiot?

              It is mind numbing that ANYONE COULD THINK that the federal government can, or even should, DICTATE what children eat in school. The children themselves PROVED that I’m EXACTLY correct on this point by simply NOT EATING what the fools in washington think they should eat.

              You, “Predrag”, are a complete idiot to think “the idea” is ANYTHING BUT WRONG. And I’ll bet YOU’LL NEVER LEARN! You’ll stay a “complete idiot” for the REST OF YOUR LIFE.

            2. The consequences of your foolish thinking are painfully obvious to anyone. American kids are among the fattest in the world, and are getting fatter and fatter. America is the ONLY developed country where life expectancy is actually DECREASING, due to obesity-related health problems.

              And because of misguided people who refuse to let government push programmes that improve children’s health, you have kids who are fatter than ever. Because no government is going to tell a 10-year old what he should eat, when he knows perfectly well what he likes best, and that’s what he will eat (pizza, chips, coca-cola, french fries, hot-dogs and burgers).

              Your ultimate freedom from government will ultimately kill you.

            3. Show me evidence that the Federal school lunch changes under Michelle Obama made any impact with childhood obesity and you might convince me.

              Have you ever tried the school lunches? Observed a school cafeteria? I have and most of the “healthy food” goes in the can. Kids end up spending the afternoon hungry.

              You can’t legislate good choices, for once it is legislated it is no longer a choice.

              The government never will be able to take the place of a loving mother and father teaching their children good principles.

    1. I have noticed an interesting thing over the past years. Americans have a very hard time boycotting anything and anyone when such boycott would inconvenience them. The French wine boycott from early 2003 comes to mind (when France refused to believe the fake “weapons of mass destruction” arguments for Iraq war). There was barely a dent in French wine sales in the US. There are numerous similar examples.

      In this particular case, one would expect that some of the more conservative Apple customers would consider such a boycott of Apple product after this announcement (Michelle Obama keynote speech at WWDC). In reality, though, such a boycott would be quite difficult to execute for most of those Apple users. It would require them to give up on their Apple hardware and switch to… what? Windows? Android?? Does anyone in the world really hate Obamas that much that they would purposely inflict upon themselves Windows or Android, just to make some political point?

      Stuck between a rock and a hard place….

  2. watched the show wwdc17 excellent except for Tim Cook announcing Michelle O would appear tomorrow, they will just not go away..I thought the nation was thru with them.

    1. Judging by the popular vote (as well as the approval ratings before leaving office), most of the nation wanted more of what they represented. Electoral college got in the way…

            1. A very simple, common sense argument, against that system is that a vote from a person who happens to live in Montana is worth same as three persons from New York, and that doesn’t sound fair. I really cannot understand under what logic is the opinion of a person living in Nebraska valuable more than that of a person living in California. People from sparsely populated states likely have similar concerns, but so do the people from densely populated ones. It must be extremely frustrating for 38 million of Californians to suffer through political governance they would never want, only because a million North Dakotans prefer it the other way.

              Anyway, this is a subject that comes up every time a US president is elected without getting the popular vote, and debate is always quite vocal. And not really relevant; it would take inordinate amount of legislative work to re-engineer the system, and it is quite clear that there will never be enough political will for such re-engineering.

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