Apple Gets into WiFi Speakers with HomePod

Yolanda Curtis
June 6, 2017

That is all set to change though, as Apple has announced that people will now be able to use the Apple Pay service to make payments to your friends from within the messages app. It comes after Apple unveiled the free Clips app in March, which helps users combine video clips, photos and music to be shared through messages and social media.

Called "HomePod", the wireless speaker delivers incredible audio quality and uses spatial awareness to sense its location in a room and automatically adjust the audio. "We are so pleased to welcome Amazon to Apple TV".

The company's TV app is also adding Amazon and its Prime Video service later this year for the first time. Craig Federighi then introduced us to iOS 11's new features.

Other new watchfaces include a kaleidoscope and new characters such as Woody, Jesse, and Buzz from the Toy Story movie franchise.

With a new watch face, Apple Watch promises to learn about your routines to figure out what information to display on the watch face.

Tapping Apple's Siri digital assistant, such a speaker is expected to serve as a butler as well as an outlet for listening to music.

Looking very similar to Google's Tango technology, ARKit includes features such as stable motion-tracking, ambient lighting estimation, scale estimation, plane estimation with basic boundaries and support for Unity, Unreal Engine, and Scene Kit.

Apple is porting its Apple File System to macOS. The entire line of iMacs is moving to Kaby Lake, the 7th generation Intel processor. It's also what Microsoft is targeting with the Surface Pro with a new model coming out on June 15.

As you might imagine, Photos has been updated as well. The placeholder also says the app has been designed for iPhone and iPad.

An early glimpse at updates to iPhone and Mac software has become a tradition at Apple's annual conference for app developers, which begins Monday in San Jose, California.

Among the new features of iOS 11 is the ability to make person-to-person payments through Apple's messaging app, thanks to new integration with the Apple Pay system.

Apple has also added translation to Siri, enabling travellers to translate from English to Chinese, French, German, Italian and Spanish and vice versa.

The company's App Store, which receives 500 million weekly visitors and has seen 180 billion downloads in its nine-year history, was also given a redesign.

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