Despite the fact that we waited for some years for Apple, we look ahead to the products we are most looking forward to in 2018, from the HomePod to the Mac Pro
It was a spectacular year for Apple. Around the past year, the company made a revelation of returning to the pro desktop market at last, including the iMac Pro and upcoming redesigned Mac Pro; it produced its first major redesign of the iPhone in four years and gave the Apple Watch cellular connectivity and the ability to act as a truly standalone device.
Although it has never been one to rest on its good works, and we are looking ahead to what promises to be a fascinating one.
1. Mac Pro
You wait four years for an update to Apple’s pro-focused desktop line and then two come along at once. The second generation of the Retina Macbook can be made readily available anytime, with the SkyLake Core M Chips which were introduced into the market. These chips can offer up to 10 hours of battery life with a faster CPU performance of 10-20% faster compared to the Broadwell chips.
In these last years, the chip delays by Intel have resulted in postponing the plans for the release of the Retina Macbook Pro, especially the 13 inch and the 15-inch models. This means Apple could possibly release a more upgraded version of the 15-inch version. There might also be a next-generation Retina MacBook Pro in the offering with a new slimmer version that has better Retina display and other good features.
The Mac Pro launches are always exciting purely. This is because they are such magnificent high-end machines, but this one is particularly so because
a) It will involve a complete floor-up redesign because of fundamental thermal issues with the last one.
b) Apple actually said sorry for neglecting her pro consumers and resolved to do better for them in the future.
2. iPhone XI
Difficult as it may br to follow the iPhone X, a bold, risk-taking launch that absolutely is not perfect but gets lots of things right. The early speculation had suggested that Apple will proceed from the most sensible aspect of the larger screen than the 8 Plus in a smaller body, thanks to a bezel-less design – and supersize iPhone XI, or iPhone 2018, or iPhone X Plus, was believedwill have an astonishing 6.5in screen.
3. Apple Watch Series 4
Apple’s should be praised for their risk-taking with the Series, but the inclusion of cellular despite the fact that consequent butchering of battery life was predictable enough. Causing the restriction of data contracts to EE setting it up a pain for most – even though we understand that this was a tech limitation at the network end, and not Apple’s fault.
Just like the music industry, technology tends to fluctuate between innovators, who move things forward but make mistakes along the way, and polishers, who sort out what’s already there. Apple is best at the latter role, and we can see the Apple Watch settling into a tick-tock cycle where the even-numbered models are the ones to get.
Apple will release its own charging pad, branded AirPower. And as is generally the case, this will be more expensive than the alternatives, but a lot better into the bargain.
The AirPower is a white mat large enough to accompany three devices (iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods) at the same time: the first wireless charger capable of this, Apple says. And it shouldn’t matter where on the surface each device is laid – it should still receive the charge.
The AirPower possesses the ability to intelligently manage the charging system thereby allowing all the compatible devices to communicate with each other.
The HomePod is the smart voice-controlled speaker that first Amazon and latterly Google are enjoying so much.