Apple Embraces VR – Virtual Reality Announcement from WWDC Keynote
At Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference today, the company made a major shift in their embrace of virtual reality with several new VR announcements during the event’s opening keynote.
Though well loved, Apple’s computer lineup got somewhat left in the dust at the launch of the Rift and Vive, both of which had hardware requirements that exceeded what Apple had on offer. To that end, the company largely steered clear of talking about VR publicly.
Today marks a major shift in Apple’s public support for virtual reality. VR was a recurrent theme throughout the keynote today, highlighting their belief in the importance of the medium. Here’s an overview of everything they announced:
Apple announced its first VR Ready computers today. The new 27-inch iMac will be the only computer in the new iMac lineup to be VR Ready, thanks to the inclusion of an AMD Radeon Pro 580 GPU. The 27-inch system can also be configured with less powerful Radeon Pro 570 and 575 GPUs, though it isn’t clear yet if these cards will offer enough performance to be considered VR Ready.
Apple also announced the brand new iMac Pro, a new ultra-high end version of the Mac which will offer more powerful processors and AMD’s latest Vega graphics. Apple says they’ve developed a new cooling system that’s much more efficient that the rest of the iMac lineup, allowing the device to offer much more power while keeping sound low.
In addition to adding VR Ready systems to their desktop lineup, Apple will be offering an external graphics enclosure with an AMD Radeon RX 580 GPU which will connect to Macbooks via Thunderbolt. Initially released as a development kit, Apple says the external graphics enclosure will allow developers to “tune [their] apps for high performance external graphics.” Following that, the company “will be rolling out support to all of our customers in the months to come.”
By Ben Lang
Credit to ‘RoadtoVR’