WWDC 2017: Can Apple's P2P payments push challenge Venmo?

Yolanda Curtis
June 7, 2017

For early access to iOS 11 users can download the beta version of the new software here. The workstation, which starts at a steep $4,999, supports 8-to-18 core Intel (INTC) Xeon CPUs, will feature a high-end AMD (AMD) GPU based on the company's next-gen Vega architecture and supports up to 128GB of RAM and 4TB of flash storage.

Apple claims that the new iPad Pro will deliver "groundbreaking performance" to perform the most demanding tasks, thanks to the new 64-bit A10X Fusion chip. The mobile OS-due to arrive on compatible iPhones and iPads in the fall-was touted as the world's most advanced operating system, with a number of intriguing upgrades that provided attendees with a glimpse of Apple's future priorities. Business Chat is a powerful new way for businesses to connect with customers directly from within Messages.

Someone who texts a phone with Apple's new function enabled will receive an automatic reply saying the person is on the road and unavailable. The Air, now only available in a 13-inch model, did get a minor CPU update.

The iPad Pro has been a relative strong point for Apple as iPad sales have joined the broader tablet market's in slumping.

The new 10.5-inch iPad Pro will start at $649 in the US and be available in silver, space gray, gold and rose gold colors.

The new iMac line now employs the latest 7th-generation Kaby Lake processors and flaunt a brighter, sharper retina display.

Known as the "HomePod" and priced at $349, the product is a roughly 7-inch cylindrical speaker with essentially the same operating system as an iPhone.

Apple has not yet announced a launch date for iOS 11, but when it arrives, you'll either get a pop-up alert on your iOS device or can navigate to Settings General Software Update to force a manual update. But if you have an older iPhone with apps you still use regularly that aren't updated often, you may want to check that situation carefully before upgrading to iOS 11. The peer-to-peer solution is new and we need to look into this, but it seams to play nicely into the iMessage app extension. Convincing consumers to ditch their notebooks for iPad Pros will still often be a challenge, but Apple's sales pitch is now a little stronger.

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