WWDC 2023, Apple’s highly anticipated annual event, has concluded, but the tech world is still buzzing with the numerous innovative announcements.
Beyond the 15-inch MacBooks, iOS 17 update, and the crowd-pleaser, Apple Vision Pro augmented reality goggles, the conference also unveiled an array of significant system updates and new layout-based products. So, what else caught our attention at WWDC 2023?
Introducing the Apple M2 Ultra Processor
Joining the prestigious M2 processor lineup is the newly introduced M2 Ultra, boasting 24 CPU cores and up to 76 GPU cores. This marks an upgrade from its predecessor, the M1 Ultra, which had 20 CPU cores and 64 GPU cores. The cutting-edge chipset supports up to 192 GB of unified memory and delivers a memory bandwidth of 800 GB/s.
Manufactured using the 5nm process and Apple’s proprietary UltraFusion technology, the M2 Ultra stands as Apple’s most efficient chip yet, promising a significant performance surge over previous generations. You’ll find this chip in the latest renditions of Mac Studio and Mac Pro.
The Refreshed Mac Studio 2023
Among the products showcased at WWDC was the upgraded Mac Studio 2023, now with enhanced support for next-generation systems.
Buyers can choose between models featuring the M2 Max processor or the aforementioned M2 Ultra, along with options for up to 192 GB of operating memory and up to 8 TB of disk storage. Pricing for this powerhouse starts at $1,999, going up to $3,999.
Welcome to the New Mac Pro 2023
The Mac Pro 2023, tailored for professionals, bids adieu to Intel this year, embracing Apple Silicon chips for the first time. Each memory configuration comes equipped with the M2 Ultra chip, with options for further enhancements with dedicated cards.
The device boasts the capacity for simultaneous streaming of 22 video streams in 8K ProRes resolution. But brace yourself – the starting price for this marvel sits at a hefty $6,999.
Fresh Updates Across Platforms
The conference also unveiled upcoming system updates not just for iPhones, but also iPads, Apple Watch, and Mac computers, with a mention of tvOS 17 for Apple TV 4K sets.
iPadOS 17 brings enhanced support for PDF files, lock screen personalization, interactive widgets, and the much-awaited Health app. WatchOS 10 promises widgets support, new watch faces, and a redesigned display and interface for optimal utilization of space.
TVOS 17 introduces features like FaceTime, video conferencing, dialogue enhancement, and an expanded control center. MacOS Sonoma borrows heavily from the iOS 17 update, with interactive widgets, improved video conferencing, enhanced Siri command functionality, and more.