Tech giant Apple made several big announcements today at its 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), taking place from June 5-9 in San Jose, California. Money will be transferred to a new Apple Pay Cash Account, which can then be used to make other payments using Apple Pay, or transferred to a connected bank account.
While Apple is linking the HomePod to the Music app and is pushing its music-centric abilities, it seems to be positioning this to compete directly with other home assistants such as Google Home and Amazon’s Alexa.
It has six microphones that are always listening for the trigger phrase “Hey, Siri”.
The much awaited iPad Pro 2 10.5-inch model will also feature a Touch bar and a Touch ID sensor. It will also work with Apple services such as Messages and its smart home appliance platform, HomeKit.
Availability date: TBA, with OS releases typically appearing early- to mid-Fall.
It’s time too see what Tim Cook and his band of marauders actually announce.
The announcement marks a detente of sorts between the two companies, which have been locked in a streaming rivalry for years.
Augmented Reality (AR) in the form of ARKit will be supported.
New default file management system, “Apple File System”.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that distracted driving caused 3,477 road deaths in the U.S.in 2015, so any app that can help keep drivers’ eyes on the road instead of on the screen is a welcome feature.
There are number of small changes in High Sierra.
Hate when you open a web page and some insane loud video just automatically starts playing?
Also feel like you’re being followed by companies after browsing through their products? Live Photos are more expressive with new Loop and Bounce effects that create continuous video loops, while Long Exposure can capture time and movement.
During the opening day, Apple announced their next version of macOS. Users will most likely notice the difference in things such as the inflection and delivery of long words or sentences. For example, duplicating a file will be almost instant. Apple is clearly trying to position its desktop and laptop computers to appeal more to creative professionals, including game developers.
New hardware: Apple is introducing a 10.5-inch iPad Pro in an attempt to revive interest in its once hot-selling line of tablets.
Up to 3.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 processor, Turbo Boost up to 4.0GHz, depending on configuration chosen. It can have up to 22 teraflops of graphics power. The speaker will be intelligent also when it come to understanding where it is placed and will play audio accordingly make it a superior, smarter, experience for the listener. The neglected MacBook Air is not dead, but it only got one brief mention.
The feature is part of iOS 11, the operating system set to be standard in the next-generation iPhone 8 tipped to go on sale in September 2017. Apple’s navigation app is also getting an upgrade and will now be able to display floorplan-level maps within malls and airports for detailed navigation assistance.
Apple’s Siri virtual assistant has had a makeover, with a more natural male and female voices.
Whenever the phone is connected to a vehicle using either Bluetooth or a cable, or if the auto is moving, the phone will withhold any notifications for things like text messages or news updates. In a keynote demo, Federighi placed a digital cup, vase and lamp on an onstage table, and showed how the objects’ shadows were able to interact with each other.
The FaceTime update should make group video chats a reality, with up to five people getting involved at once.
Another redesign: The App Store now mirrors the look-and-feel of Apple Music, with a new Today tab for featured games and apps. We now have the kaleidoscope watchface and new character faces to join the Mickey and Minnie Mouse options.
And Apple Watch is bringing Siri front and center. But since, like most of you, we aren’t developers, we’ll leave that to those intrepid developers. The new iPad Pro Retina display now supports a 120Hz refresh rate. The bigger surface will fit a full-size on-screen keyboard and an attachable physical keyboard, though there’s no touchpad.
Improvements are coming to the camera app as well. Meantime, while the newly-announced $349 Siri-controlled HomePod speaker isn’t coming until December, the new AirPlay 2 feature in iOS 11, will let you control Apple TV and third party speakers in multiple rooms around the house, using Control Center, the Home app or Siri. As always, you can lock Slide Over into Split View to use both apps simultaneously. There’s a built-in document scanner in the camera and a way to draw inside of your emails.