Apple HomePod Smart Speaker Announcement Plus Keynote Cheat Sheet


After an action packed 2 and a half hours of announcements here are all the highlights from todays WWDC Keynote…


  • iOS 11
  • Messages now sync’d in iCloud
  • Apple pay – person to person in Messages
  • New Siri Voice & Beta translate feature
  • HECV takes 3x less space for Videos
  • HEIF replaces JPG for 2x better compression for stills
  • New customisable Control Centre
  • Floor plans added to maps for Airports & Malls
  • Lane guidance and speed limits added to Maps
  • New Do Not Disturb while driving feature
  • Airplay 2 brings multi-room Speaker control to Apple Home
  • New redesigned App Store
  • New Machine Learning APIs for developers
  • New ARKit for Augmented Reality features
  • Public beta available later this month
  • Free to all this Autumn

iPad Pro

  • Most popular 9.7″ model replaced with new 10.5″ iPad Pro
  • 40% Smaller Bezels, Weighs 1lb.
  • Brighter Displays with ‘Pro Motion’ 120Hz refresh rate
  • 6 core A10X CPU up to 30x performance increase
  • 12 core GPU up to 4ox performance increase
  • New Cameras
  • USB 3 support
  • Charges twice as fast
  • Base model doubled to 64Gb
  • New Dock & App switcher Plus Drag and Drop
  • New Files App
  • New in Document scanner in Notes app
  • Order today – ship next week


  • MacOS “High Sierra”
  • Safari update for speed and will  block advertiser tracking
  • Photos improvements & 3rd party photo books
  • HFS replaced with APFS
  • H.265 HEVC Support in Software and accelerated in newer hardware
  • Metal 2 brings up to 10x improvements in graphics performance
  • Metal 2 also used for Machine Learning tasks & VR
  • Metal 2 support for external Graphics
  • Public beta available later this month
  • Free to all this Autumn


  • New “Breakthrough Home Speaker”
  • Think Sonos plus Amazon Echo
  • 7″ tall covered in 3D Mesh
  • Array of 7 beam-forming tweeters
  • 4″ Upward facing Woofer
  • A8 CPU on board
  • “Spacial Awareness” conforms to room dynamics
  • 6 Built in microphones for Siri smart assistance
  • Voice control of HomeKit devices
  • Includes HomeKit base for control outside the home
  • $349 White or Space Grey
  • Ships December starting in USA, UK & Australia. Other Countries to follow.

Mac Hardware

  • New iMacs with improved displays
  • Kaby Lake CPUs
  • Available with up to 64GB RAM
  • New SSDs up to 50% faster (up to 2TBs)
  • Thunderbolt 3
  • Much faster Graphics Performance
  • MacBooks also move to Kaby Lake
  • All shipping today
  • Sneak Peak of space grey ‘iMac Pro’ coming December
  • Most powerful Mac ever
  • up to 18 core Xeon CPUs & Radeon Vega GPU
  • up to 128GB RAM & Up to 4TB SSD
  • Built in 10Gb Ethernet


  • “Incredible growth” this year
  • watchOS 4 previewed
  • New Siri face intelligently displays the info you need next
  • New kaleidoscope & Toy Story Faces
  • Workout App improvements
  • 2-way comms with new gym equipment
  • Music app on watch improved
  • Coming this Fall


  • Amazon Prime Video coming to the TV App and Apple TV later this year

2 Comments on "Apple HomePod Smart Speaker Announcement Plus Keynote Cheat Sheet"

  1. Mark Harrison | June 5, 2017 at 9:12 pm |

    WatchOS “coming this fall”… Autumn, please 🙂

  2. You may have missed the 2 x ‘Autumns’ above Mark. The ‘Fall’ has been deliberately inserted for our American visitors 🙂

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