Apple introduces power-packed iOS 11, wireless home speaker

Apple introduces power-packed iOS 11, wireless home speaker

Apple introduces power-packed iOS 11, wireless home speaker

Apple, the maker of the ultra-profitable iPhone and its operating system, iOS, revealed the new version at the opening of its annual developer conference in the US.

In addition to the update to Files, Apple is also updating the file management system on macOS.

This comes as competition increases, with devices such as Google's Chromebook and Microsoft's Surface eating into Apple's tablet market share.

Messages will be synced across all Apple devices as well with "Messages in iCloud".

Other tweaks for developers include the ability for existing devices to support Apple's HomeKit smart home service, and support for to-do lists, notes, reminders, and banking with Siri.

"Now the iPad is much more functional for a professional who's used to using a file manager in their work", Krewell added. "It's been 15 years since we held WWDC in San Jose, and an terrible lot has changed".

Billed as a "breakthrough home speaker", the HomePod is attempting to differentiate itself as a premium smart speaker as opposed to current products that are generally either a premium speaker (Sonos) or smart (Echo), but not both.

Both iPad Pro models come in multiple colors-Space Gray, Gold, and Silver, plus Rose Gold on the 9.7-inch model only for some reason-and can be had in Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi/cellular configurations with an embedded Apple SIM.

"Apple reinvented portable music with iPod, and now HomePod will reinvent how we enjoy music wirelessly throughout our homes", Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice-president of worldwide marketing, said in a statement. It can't afford to yield valuable real-estate in the heart of people's homes to Amazon, Google and others as access to content, information and search becomes pervasive and less dependent on the smartphone. Perhaps the most prominent of those updates is iOS 11, which will arrive on iPhone and iPad devices later this year, bringing with it some major design overhauls and new functionality for users of Apple's mobile devices. According to a new "intelligence" feature, Siri has been enabled to make suggestions which might be of interest to its particular users, like a news article on the internet. The new iPad also packs Apple's A10X processor for a 30 per cent performance bump, upgraded 12MP and 7MP cameras, more built-in storage and a new feature called ProMotion that doubles the display's refresh rate to 120Hz.

Apple Pay will now let you, er, pay pals... it's peer-to-peer meaning you can send money to friends easily, for example when splitting a restaurant bill - and you can even request cash from inside the Messages app. "You'll be hearing a lot more about tvOS later this year", said Cook.

"Very different WWDC than what I expected", tweeted Carolina Milanesi, an analyst at Creative Strategies.

Blau was also impressed by Apple's "pretty strong offering", especially on the AI end.

"We are so pleased to welcome Amazon to Apple TV", Apple CEO Tim Cook said during the event. "Now all the tech titans are engaged in AI technology".

Apple has also finally stopped selling the iPad mini 2, so that could be chopped too.

A 64GB version of the iPad Pro will cost $650; it is available to order now and will begin to be shipped next week. Apple said that makes the Mac a great platform for developing virtual-reality "experiences", although the company didn't announce any consumer VR products.

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