Apple introduces power-packed iOS 11, wireless home speaker

Todd Singleton
June 7, 2017

Apple is launching new cases for the new iPad Pro, as well.

As expected, Apple on Monday unveiled a new version of its virtual assistant Siri at its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) keynote. It also comes with a feature called ProMotion, which doubles the refresh rate to 120Hz and supports HDR Video. The placeholder also says the app has been designed for iPhone and iPad.

The free software update for mobile devices, iOS 11, is expected in September, when Apple typically releases new iPhones. The research firm eMarketer says than 35 million people in the USA are expected to use a voice-activated speaker at least once a month this year, more than double its estimate from last year.

Other new watchfaces include a kaleidoscope and new characters such as Woody, Jesse, and Buzz from the Toy Story movie franchise. In addition, Apple's tvOS and watchOS received minor updates.

Apple Watch will now be able to use near-field communication to interact with gym equipment to pull stats such as incline and speed.

Consumer electronics giant Apple (AAPL) on Monday announced that Amazon.com's (AMZN) Amazon Prime Video service will be coming to Apple TV devices later this year, and the tech behemoth rolled out an upgraded lineup of Mac computers. Now it will have more natural male and female voices and translate speech, starting out with English, French, German, Chinese, Spanish and Italian as per the statement issued by the company. Apple said that makes the Mac a great platform for development virtual-reality experiences. The company also launched a new configuration of the 13-inch MacBook Pro without a Touch Bar that starts at a cheaper $1,299.

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Chief among the new features are a trove of new watch faces, with the most intriguing one being the intelligent Siri one. There's also support for audio recording in the background navigation, screen auto-rotate and native Core Bluetooth.

Aside from watch faces, there are new animations and updates to the in-built apps, including the fitness app which has a whole new UI.

Apple also showed what the new iMac Pro is capable of - the retina 5K display is coupled with an 18-core Xeon Processor and real-time 3D rendering.

Apple vice president Phil Schiller said the Siri team at Apple had tuned the assistant into a "musicologist" that learns the tastes of listeners and gets songs from the internet cloud.

Siri can now translate for you.

The company said its App Store has so far paid out $70 billion to developers, of which 30 percent was made previous year.

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