Apple Dives Into Augmented Reality with ARKit for iOS 11

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The HomePod will be priced at $349, more expensive than Amazon's $180 Echo or $50 Dot and Google's $129 Home. Siri will be voice activated to respond to requests for information and other help around the house.

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

Later Monday, it's expected to announce an internet-connected smart speaker to compete with Amazon's Echo and Google's Home.

The post Apple "HomePod" speaker to take on Amazon, Google appeared first on Vanguard News. A Siri face will show more info from the assistant, like flight times, controls for smart home devices and third-party notifications. The research firm eMarketer says than 35 million people in the US are expected to use a voice-activated speaker at least once a month this year, more than double its estimate from last year.

In one of its most jam-packed events ever, Apple made a slew of announcements during its Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday. Apple says that makes the Mac a great platform for developing virtual-reality experiences. Google Maps already does both. Facebook, HTC and Sony have high-end VR systems, too. The company had Industrial Light and Magic's John Knoll on stage for a live demo of a Vive virtual reality Star Wars game using a Mac.

Apple is hoping a new smart home speaker will strike a chord with music lovers - the latest test of the iPhone maker's ability to redefine markets originally staked out by its rivals. Its entry into digital-music sales with iTunes, and into the smartphone market with the iPhone, upended those industries and gave them mass appeal. If you delete a message on one device, it will also be culled from all other linked devices.

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For photos, Apple is replacing JPEGs with a new format meant to reduce file sizes. Although the format is not exclusive to Apple, it's not yet clear how well the photos will work with non-Apple software and devices, which mostly use JPEG. For example, a message that says "You owe me $20" will automatically pull up a suggestion to tap into Apple Pay, which will suggest $20 as your basic payment. So far, the service has limited payments to purchases of products and services from companies and other organizations. It's a strangely satisfying and endearing form of self-deprecation, and it culminates on the cheerful note - for all the developers attending Apple's big annual dev conference - that the world is relying on the apps made for iOS devices, so we'd better keep making them. "It will reinvent home audio", boasted Apple CEO Tim Cook.

Apple's Safari browser will soon be able to stop videos from auto-playing. The new iMac's will also get the High Sierra update this fall. It will not actually block ads, though. The new 10.5-inch model offers room for a full-size keyboard, something the 9.7 inch model couldn't. The tablet comes with a 12.90-inch display with a resolution of 2732 pixels by 2048 pixels at a PPI of 264 pixels per inch.

The new iPad Pro models come with 12Mp rear-facing cameras, with f1.8 apertures, six-element lens, a quad-LED True Tone flash and so on.

Apple iPad Pro (12.9-inch) 2017 Wi-Fi + Cellular tablet was launched in June 2017.

The watch can communicate with some gym equipment to share data between the two - like your heart rate or the treadmill's incline.

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