Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) kicked off yesterday with a two hour keynote. My take:

  1. tvOS – thumbs down. Amazon Prime Video app coming later this year isn’t enough to compete. Apple did say that new features are coming later this year
  2. watchOS 4 – thumbs down. New Siri watch face/assistant, new watch faces and integration with gym equipment wasn’t enough. The rumor is that Apple will launch a new watch later this year.
  3. Siri – thumbs down. What’s Apple doing to compete with Amazon, Google and others that have better smart assistants. Interesting back story on the evolution of Siri
  4. macOS High Sierra – thumbs down. Autoplay video blocking, a new file system and Virtual Reality support are nice but not enough to keep pace with Microsoft Windows
  5. New and improved Macs – thumbs down. Mostly processor upgrades. Only the iMac Pro was new but its pricey at $4,999
  6. iOS 11 – thumbs up. Lots of new features including Augmented Reality Kit (ARKit), SiriKit and Machine Learning Kit (Core ML). I’m running the beta on my iPad. Video demo of 100 new features
  7. iPad Pro 10.5 inch – thumbs down. Not enough new features to make me want to upgrade
  8. HomePod – thumbs up. Apple’s Siri speaker will ship for the holiday season at $349 with an emphasis on audio quality. I need a new speaker for my bedroom and I’ll be looking at the HomePod when it goes on sale in December.
While iOS 11 and HomePod were the two bright spots, overall the keynote was a thumbs down.

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