First look: From cute to badass, Apple’s new hardware impresses

Three of the new hardware products Apple unveiled today at WWDC
2017 won’t be available until then end of 2017, but thanks to a
hands-on section Apple hosted to developers, you can already
get an idea of what it’ll be like to use the new iPad Pro, iMac
Pro and HomePod.

members have been busy playing with the new products all
afternoon and the early impressions are overwhelmingly
positive. Of course, some issues on the iMac Pro and HomePod
may still need fixing before launch, but it sounds like fans
will love them.

iMac Pro

wwdcThe new iMac Pro is a beast.
Photo: Apple

Badass Design

The new iMac Pro comes in an all-new space gray color making it
look more badass than any iMac before. It won’t be cheap
either. Prices will start at $4,999 and you’ll probably be able
to spend more than $10k on the higher end models.

All that cash might be totally worth
it though based on early reactions. Apple didn’t let reporters
play with the new iMac Pro, but here’s
Slashgear’s thoughts
on the machine after admiring it from
a distance”

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


Apple's new HomePod smart speaker is ready to rock your house.Apple’s new HomePod smart speaker is
ready to rock your house.
Photo: Apple

So Cute

Despite some fans hating HomePod’s design on Twitter, most
outlets had a favorable view of the little speaker. “Cute”
appears to be the most popular adjective when describing

“I just spent a moment with Apple’s new HomePod intelligent
speaker, which kind of looks like a mesh-wrapped Mac Pro,”
The Verge
. “It comes in black and white, and it’s cute.
Like a cute little ovoid thing.”

While some critics say it looks like a roll of yarn, others
have suggested it’s more like a marshmallow or smaller Mac Pro.

Superior Sound Quality

A number of speaker’s
from HomePod’s competitors were available in the testing area
to show off the device’s audio quality. Reporters had rave
reviews for the speaker, saying it tops Amazon’s Echo speaker.

“On sound quality alone, Apple’s new speaker is in a different
league to the Echo – a far better sound with crisper vocals and
deeper base than Amazon’s tubular rival,” said the
Financial Times
. “Compared to the Sonos Play:3, which costs
a little less than the HomePod at $300, Apple’s device was
again the superior device…I also had a chance at WWDC to hear a
combination of two HomePods together, which packs quite a
punch. Even with a single speaker, it’s clear that Apple does
not envisage this as a kitchen-countertop speaker or a deskside

iPad Pro

The 10.5-inch iPad Pro brings a bigger display in a familiar form factor.The
10.5-inch iPad Pro brings a bigger display in a familiar form
Photo: Apple

Impressive Display

With the new iPad Pro, Apple has boosted the display’s
brightness by 50%. The refresh rate has also been doubled to
120Mh, making images look crisp while video is smoother than
ever before.

“Up close, the screen was very impressive,” writes Laptop
Magazine. “I could make out every drop of water on a
high-resolution photo of a flower, and the viewing angles were
the best I’ve seen from an iPad yet.”

Superb Software

One of the new iPad Pro’s best features is the software that
comes with it. iOS 11 adds some serious new tools that make the
machine a true PC replacement.

“After using the iPad Pro
for just a few minutes I’ve pretty much determined that a dock
is one of the simplest and yet best things Apple could have
done for iPad,” writes
The Verge.

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