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

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The best gesture in iOS 11 isn't just for iPad.
The best gesture in iOS 11 isn't just for iPad.
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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.

Press 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.

Hardware, software and surprises: Key takeaways from Apple’s WWDC 2017 keynote

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Tim Cook uncorked a load of surprises during the WWDC 2017 keynote.
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If you felt worried about Apple’s supposed lack of innovation, today’s action-packed WWDC keynote should have allayed your fears. Apple execs sprinted through a 2.5-hour technology showcase filled with hardware updates, serious software upgrades and even a whole new product category.

The whirlwind presentation showed the end result of a busy company with almost unimaginable assets. Far more than a sleepy kickoff to an annual developers confab, today’s stunning presentation showed the magical output of an innovation machine firing on all cylinders.

Anyone who pegged Tim Cook as asleep at the wheel better think again. Here are the key takeaways from Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference 2017 keynote.

Apple teases ‘seriously badass’ iMac Pro and other new Macs at WWDC

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The iMac Pro looks amazing!
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Developers got treated to a new lineup of Macs today at WWDC 2017, including a sneak peek at a “seriously badass” iMac Pro coming later this year.

Apple updated both the iMac and MacBook Pro product lines with a bunch of new internal features. The new models bring brighter displays and more powerful CPUs that will make the Mac a VR gaming-machine — and they’re shipping today.

Is it time for Apple to say goodbye to Jony Ive? [Friday Night Fights]

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Is Apple in desperate need of new ideas?
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It’s been some time since Apple delivered something really revolutionary. Every product in its stores looks just like it did last year… and the year before that… and the year before that.

Friday Night Fights bugFans will pin most of the blame on chief design officer Jony Ive. After more than two decades of spectacular and unparalleled ideas, it seems Steve Jobs’s best friend is running on empty. Is it time for him to go to make room for fresh blood and new ideas?

Join us in this week’s Friday Night Fight as we battle it out over whether Apple’s design team needs significant change.

These monochromatic Mac setups will grab you by the eyes [iSetups]

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This week's Mac setups all prove monochrome can easily stand out.
Photo: Powi Hart

For a Mac setup to stand out, it doesn’t need a ton of color. Take the picture above from Cult of Mac reader Powi Hart, for example. Everything in there is either white, black or silver — and it looks fantastic.

In fact, these white-and-black-themed Apple setups have got to be some of my favorites so far. Check out this week’s three iSetups submissions in the video below. iSetups is our new show that highlights the best Apple-centric setups submitted by our viewers. (You’ll also get plenty of tips and tricks for how you can improve your own setup.)

These spartan Mac setups wage war on wires [iSetups]

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Each of this week's Mac setups will put your wire game to shame.
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Good cable management is harder than it looks. I should know: Both my home office and my work office are a mess of wires, despite trying to sort things out numerous times.

Unlike my failed attempts, this week’s three iSetups submissions get it down to a fine art. iSetups is our new show that highlights the best Apple-centric setups submitted by our viewers. (You’ll also get plenty of tips and tricks for how you can improve your own setup.)

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Week’s best Apple deals: Get Mom an iMac on the cheap

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Shop now and get Mom an iMac, an iPhone or something else amazing.
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Don’t leave your Mother’s Day shopping until the last minute — you’ll end up paying an exorbitant price for something generic like a scarf. If you shop now, you can get dear Mom the Apple gear she really wants, discounted up to 88 percent! (We won’t tell her you saved money getting her gift.)

Find a great Mother’s Day sale and more in this week’s roundup of the web’s best Apple deals.

Aggie fan’s Mac setup will have you seeing red [iSetups]

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Red is definitely the color of the day in Episode 2 of iSetups, our weekly showcase of readers' Apple setups.
Red is definitely the color of the day in Episode 2 of iSetups, our weekly showcase of readers' Apple setups.
Photo: David Meier

Some sports fans show their allegiance by decorating their cars or wearing team jerseys. For Cult of Mac reader David Meier, his favorite sports team, the Texas Aggies, is a major influence on his choice of a red color scheme for his desk setup.

His Aggies-themed Mac arrangement is one of several showcased in this week’s episode of iSetups, our new show that highlights the best Apple gear submitted by our viewers. (You’ll also get plenty of tips and tricks for how you can improve your own setup.)

iSetups Episode 2

Apple plans powerful ‘server-grade’ iMac for 2017

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Apple’s next-generation iMac with powerful new internals will start shipping in the second half of 2017, according to sources in the company’s supply chain.

Apple is also said to be preparing a “server-grade” iMac packing Intel Xeon processors, up to 2TB of NVMe solid-state storage, and a discrete graphics card that will be available by the end of the year.

Woz: In 2075, we’ll use iMacs on Mars

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Woz demonstrating how to drive a spaceship.
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The future of Apple will be bright throughout the rest of this century, according to co-founder Steve Wozniak, who says he sees the company lasting well past 2075.

If the Apple legend is right, we’ll all be using iMacs on Mars before the end of the century.