Apple reveals new HomePod, iPad Pro and upgraded operating systems

Pablo Tucker
June 9, 2017

This could replace the 9.7in iPad Pro given that the new model is set to have slimmer bezels, so could have the same weight overall. It will be priced at $349 in the USA, with local pricing announced later in the year. In 2015, Amazon went so far as to pull listings for the Apple TV from its online store.

IOS 11 will also include an update of Apple Music, featuring sharing options, so you can see what your friends are listening to.

For its computers, Apple unveiled Mac OS High Sierra. The browser is also adding "intelligent" tracking prevention in order to cut down on ads that follow you around the Internet. Another feature making its debut in iOS 11 is person-to-person payment support via the Messages Apple Pay app. Viewers want to watch their favorite programs on whatever device they choose.

Apple is porting its Apple File System to 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. It appears the early beta launch of the feature will only support translating from English to Spanish/Chinese/German/Italian/French, but the company plans to introduce more language translation support in the future. In addition, Apple's tvOS and watchOS received minor updates.

"HomePod packs powerful speaker technology, Siri intelligence and wireless access to the entire Apple Music library into a lovely speaker that is less than 7 inches tall, can rock most any room with distortion-free music and be a helpful assistant around your home", said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior VP of worldwide marketing.

Apple is also refreshing its notebooks, with the Macbook and MacBook Pro moving to faster processors and faster solid-state hard drives.

The graphics processing will be powered by the Radeon Vega with up to 16 GB of VRAM.

"That iMac Pro really is bad ass", said Cook.

Besides, there also is the talk of a new power saving mode that should feature in the upcoming iOS 11 update. Startups like Magic Leap are working on ambitious eyewear that can overlay virtual objects, like directions or video games, onto the real world.

Whenever the phone is connected to a auto using either Bluetooth or a cable, or if the vehicle is moving, the phone will withhold any notifications for things like text messages or news updates. It will have a bump in megahertz. Beyond the iPhone, Apple says iOS 11 is the biggest software release ever for the iPad.

Apple has also given Siri a major makeover. On the other hand, the same estimates expect Google Play to bring $42 billion, while other Android app stores will bring $36 billion.

Getting distracted at the wheel by your phone? It can even send automated text-message replies explaining that the phone's user is driving.

It is also created to work with Apple Music subscriptions, able to access your music library and make recommendations based on song history. Look for more of the same this year. Like Facebook, Apple's demo started with a fake cup of coffee on an actual table.

Apple announced watchOS 4, the latest version of its wearable OS. Can a Siri watch face be better?

Other new watchfaces include a kaleidoscope and new characters such as Woody, Jesse, and Buzz from the Toy Story movie franchise. It will also be possible to exchange data between gym equipment and the watch. There are new workout updates, like one that can tell when you're swimming and reach the end of the lane. Apple is expected to announce new MacBooks, a new iPad Pro and a Siri Speaker.

Siri isn't the only app that's getting a redesign. There's a built-in document scanner in the camera and a way to draw inside of your emails. Now, this makes sense given the fact that Apple recently acquired the organizer app Workflow. Hipsters panic trying to read paper maps, cars pile up in the roads. and a girl hands out printed selfies.

Amazon's Echo speaker has been a sleeper hit.

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. Amazon, which has developed television shows such as The Man in the High Castle, has been one of the Apple's primary rivals in streaming media. Microsoft is partnering with third-party speaker manufacturers to bring its own assistant, Cortana, to homes.

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