Top 7 Disappointments from WWDC ’17

Apple’s 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference was certainly a whirlwind of new features, software improvements and products. From the a new iMac Pro powerful enough to blow holes in the moon, to the highly anticipated and previously secretive HomePod Siri speaker, Apple managed to pack an entire plethora of updates into a keynote just a couple of hours long. But despite all of the updates, there were still a handful of features and improvements we were looking forward to that we ultimately didn’t get. Here are seven of what we think were the biggest disappointments from WWDC ‘17.

7. Lack of tvOS Updates

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Those who watched the WWDC ’17 keynote may have noticed that Apple spent nearly no time describing updates for the new version of tvOS. Sure, the addition of Amazon Prime Video is awesome, and arguably long overdue — but that one addition hardly qualifies as a full-fledged software update. Hopefully, we’ll see more features surface online as developers explore the beta as we closer to the general release in the fall.

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WWDC ’17 Decorations Are Already Going Up in San Jose

Apple’s 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference is nearly upon us — and the company is already decorating the Bay Area convention center where it’s going to be held. McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California is being adorned in decorations ahead of WWDC ‘17, as seen in several pictures of the center that were posted to Twitter.

Organizers have already hung a large banner from the front of the building, and one entire side of the building has been decorated. Similarly, smaller banners are apparently being hung from nearby light posts and street signs. All of the WWDC ’17 artwork was reportedly created by Los Angeles-based Geoff McFettridge. Also notable is the fact that the McEnery Convention Center was the site of the original WWDC in 1988 — and it’s a short jaunt from the newly opened Apple Park.

Apple is expected to cover a lot of ground at WWDC this year, including announcing new versions of its various operating systems (iOS 11 among them). According to one renowned analyst, there’s also about a 70 percent chance that new iPad Pro models will be unveiled at the event — including a 10.5-inch iPad Pro with minimal bezels. As for other hardware, a Siri speaker announcement seems imminent, as the device has reportedly already entered production. Additionally, rumors suggest an incremental refresh to several MacBook Pro models.

Of course, most of that is still up in the air at this point, and we’ll have to wait until next week to see which rumors are true. If you want more details and a full schedule of the event, Apple has updated its official WWDC app (free on the App Store) with the appropriate 2017 information. The event is slated to kick off at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 5 with the usual keynote.

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5 Most Important Announcements from Google I/O ’17

Google is currently in the midst of its I/O developers conference, and to kick off the event, CEO Sundar Pichai made a number of exciting announcements at the event’s day one keynote yesterday. While he covered a lot of ground during it, here are the most important highlights and takeaways.

5. Google Photos Enhancements

5 Most Important Announcements from Google I/O '17

Google announced that its Photos app is getting a slew of new sharing options. Through a feature called “Suggested Sharing,” Photos will now automatically recommended that you share photos with people that it identifies in them. You can also create an online family photo album via the new “Shared Libraries” feature. If you’d prefer a physical photo album to a digital one, Google does that now, too. You can create and order printed books of your photos — starting at $ 9.99. Of course, if you’re shilling out money, you only want the best photos. On that note, it was also announced that Photos will soon gain the ability to automatically remove unwanted items in your pictures (such as a fence covering up a baseball game).

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