WWDC 23: Apple Vision Pro, Mac Pro, macOS, iPadOS, iOS, tvOS, visionOS and watchOS

Another jam-packed WWDC has come and gone with at least one new device with interesting use cases

Week 293 was posted by Charanjit Chana on 2023-06-05.

There's a hell of a lot to cover and somehow Apple fit it all into a 2 hour keynote.

If you're here for Apple's newest device then head straight to my take on the Apple Vision Pro and you can see my pre-WWDC wishes over on Twitter.

15” MacBook Air

If I was to buy a Mac today, this would be the one for me. I browse the web and build a few websites. A bit of photo management and manipulation I guess, but this would be the device for me. Perfectly sized and powered. An equivalent 14-inch MacBook Pro would be £400 more as a minimum so it's a decent saving on something that would be overpowered for my use. Not something I would have said in the Intel era.

Some of the highlights:

Mac Studio & Mac Pro

The Mac Studio gets the M2

In terms of the Mac Pro: finally. I guess?

Definitely not for me, but an interesting take on the modularity that was re-introduced with the new Intel Mac Pro. Literally the same outer casing but a M2 powered machine

Last week's The Talk Show covered the topic of the Mac Pro with the same analogy I had in mind. This is Apple's race car, in the same way that car manufacturers push boundaries and innovate with actual race cars with the technology slowly trickling down. If Apple aren't making this type of device, the boundaries aren't being pushed enough, at least in the Mac ecosystem.

Apple Vision Pro

The Apple Vision Pro brings us a mixed, or augmented, reality headset rather than a fully immersive VR headset. I briefly got to use a headset and controllers recently. It was immersive for sure, but my virtual hands driven by hand held controllers were just all too crude.

Here are some of the highlights of the Apple Vision Pro:

The screens are likely to be fantastically immersive for the wearer to give the wearer a sense that they're looking through the device rather than at a representation of the world around them.

Spatial videos sounds like a fantastic feature but seems odd to me that it can only be captured by the device itself. Surely this will become an iPhone feature given they all (except the iPhone SE) at least two cameras on the back and Pro models have lidar.

Apple OS updates

That's the hardware done, onto the software. Here are the highlights:

iOS 17

iPadOS 17

macOS Sonoma

AirPods, AirPlay, CarPlay & tvOS

watchOS 10


FaceTime, surprisingly, deserves it's own highlights reel:

What excited me the most at WWDC 23?

In no particular order:

I don't see myself as an Apple Vision Pro user. Spatial Videos sound cool, but having to wear the device to capture them is odd, in my opinion. I don't think Apple Vision Pro is the device to judge the space on. If or when Apple come up with a sans-Pro device, that will be the time to start looking at it as something worth buying.

Overall, it was a very interesting WWDC with so much to look at and talk about. I'm not currently in the market for a new Mac, but I now know what I'd go for. Software wise, it's very impressive and I'm looking forward to the autumn releases.

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