Looking back on the WWDC hardware announcements: HomePod, Mac Pro and more

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Apple’s 33rd Worldwide Developers Conference officially begins Monday with a keynote at 10:00 a.m. PST, where the company will launch iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS 13, watchOS 9, tvOS 16 and possibly some new hardware. will disclose.

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While WWDC is a software-heavy event, Apple has previewed and announced hardware during conferences in recent years. Ahead of this year’s conference and amid rumors of a potential Mac-centric announcement on Monday, we thought it would be fun to take a trip down memory lane and revisit some of Apple’s biggest hardware news on the web.

WWDC 2017: HomePod, iMac Pro and more

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To start this list, we’ll start with WWDC 2017, where Apple announced and previewed a number of new and updated products. The most notable announcement at that WWDC was the HomePod, a now-defunct smart speaker that has struggled to gain traction.

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Second most notable was a preview of the new iMac Pro, a now-discontinued product that was a high-end 27-inch iMac that Apple hoped would meet the needs of professional customers. The iMac Pro retained the same design as the standard 27-inch iMac, which is now discontinued, but in a “tough spot gray finish”.

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While Apple announced the iMac Pro in June, it didn’t begin shipping to customers until December. Apple gave its line of MacBooks a special boost with Intel’s Kaby Lake processors. Apple also updated the 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMacs, both now discontinued, with brighter screens, faster storage, and faster performance.

Outside of the Mac and HomePod, Apple replaced the 9.7-inch iPad Pro with a new 10.5-inch model and a redesigned 12.9-inch design. Both iPads were the first to feature Apple’s ProMotion technology, which has since expanded to the iPhone and MacBook Pro.

WWDC 2018: Nothing

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After a jam-packed hardware appearance at WWDC a year ago, at WWDC 2018, Tim Cook deliberately closed the conference by dismissing any expectation that the event would include hardware announcements. “Today it’s all about the software and we have some very exciting updates,” Cook said.

WWDC 2019: Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR

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At Apple’s last personal WWDC in 2019, the company previewed a completely redesigned Mac Pro and Pro Display with XDR.

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The Pro Display XDR and Mac Pro were made available to customers in the same year. Apple decided to preview both new products at WWDC because they were aimed at professional customers, not mainstream consumers.

WWDC 2020: Apple transitioning to silicon

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At WWDC 2020, Apple didn’t explicitly announce a new hardware product, but it did announce a major change for the Mac: it will move to Apple Silicon. Intel processors had powered Macs since 2005, and Apple announced its transition from Intel during the conference.

As part of the Transition announcement, Apple gave select developers access to the Developer Transition Kit, which includes a Mac Mini equipped with the A12Z chip. The Mac Mini helped developers design their applications for Apple’s silicon architecture. Apple’s first silicon Mac won’t be announced until November, but the WWDC announcement paved the way for the next generation of Mac hardware.

WWDC 2021: Nothing, Again

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Like WWDC 2018, WWDC 2021 includes no new hardware and focuses on iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS.

WWDC 2022: Time Will Tell

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Other than the relatively significant changes and new features coming to iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS, we don’t know what Apple has in store for WWDC 2022. by bloomberg Mark Gurman has cast doubts that Apple will show off its long-rumored AR/VR headset on Monday. Instead, Gurman believes that if there is a hardware announcement, it will likely be a redesigned MacBook Air.

Apple teased the launch of the Apple Silicon Mac Pro during its last event in March, and it’s unclear when a high-end Apple Silicon Mac might launch. Given that Apple previewed the Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR at WWDC 2019, one can assume that we may hear some news about a new Mac Pro on Monday, but only time will tell.

Apple plans to live stream the WWDC keynote on its website, Apple TV app, and YouTube, but for those who can’t watch, we’ll be covering the event on MacRumors.com and via the app. Twitter account MacRumorsLive,

As we test the new software, we’ll have detailed coverage of all of Apple’s announcements throughout the week and beyond.

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