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WWDC Keynote: First Reactions To Apple's Announcements

When discussing the reactions to Apple's WWDC keynote, the first thing that needs to be addressed is a topic that was obviously missing. Neither did Apple present the MacBook Pro 16", nor was there any outlook on the future of Mx chips. In the past, Apple often chose WWDC to announce hardware innovations for the Pro sector - even if it was accompanied by a hint about how much time is left until it can hit the market (like current Mac Pro, previous Mac Pro, iMac Pro). Since Apple didn't say a word about upcoming processors, we'll have to be patient for a while. Of course, there is some disappointment among everyone who firmly assumed a new MacBook Pro is coming - however, it's hard to criticize Apple for not doing what some leakers had claimed in advance.

Pure software event
Apple instead devoted itself entirely to the various operating systems and other software features. Looking at the early discussions during the event as well as shortly after the end, there is rather little enthusiasm spreading so far. Instead, a "that's it?" or "I expected more" mood can be heard. Apple has certainly improved all operating systems, and the opening of FaceTime for Android and Windows via browser access is even a significant step, but there have been no real "sensations".

Universal Control: Practical use still has to be seen
Especially in the case of "Universal Control", time will have to show whether it is just an impressive tech demo or if it will noticeably improve everyday use. This may also be a reason why the reactions are restrained. On the other hand, there's one aspect users love: iOS 15 has the same system requirements as iOS 14 - and the hardware support of macOS 12 Monterey also goes back further than generally expected/feared. Here's everything to know about macOS Monterey:

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Initial conclusion.
Overall, the mood can currently be summed up with the statement that it was not a bad event, but not a particularly exciting one either. However, since hardware announcements usually cause much more excitement, Apple naturally has a harder time with pure software events - especially when the company does not have massive UI updates in its quiver like in the case of macOS Big Sur.

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