Apple's HomePod pumps up the volume on its tech rivals


The most notable was HomePod, a wireless surround-sound music speaker with Siri voice controls. The update will also become available for the iPad mini 2 and later and the iPod touch 6th generation.

The new iPad runs on iOS 10 and powered by A10 X Fusion chip with 64-bit architecture. "Together with iOS 11 these new iPad Pro models will radically change what users can do with iPad", he added. When users get paid, they receive the money in their new Apple Pay Cash account. Apple is enabling person-to-person payments inside the Messages app, via Apple Pay and with an assist from Siri.

In Photos, Memory movies are now optimized to play in both portrait and landscape orientation, and more memories, such as photos of pets or birthdays, are automatically created.

"Beyond an overly exhaustive list of incremental software features, Apple's new products offered little in the way of meaningful incremental profit opportunities", Hargreaves said in a note to clients. However, users can send auto reply to inform their contacts that they are driving and hence cannot respond.

CoreML is a new framework for machine learning that enables processing to happen on the device and help apps to predict outcomes and learn from experience.

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When it comes to Siri, from now on, she will display multiple results when the user searches for a certain thing. Highlights include a new Today view with featured app content-valuable real estate for chosen app sellers of course-as well as a dedicated Games section. Other navigation apps, like Google Maps, will also work, although not quite as easily.

Apple also introduced a new version of its business-oriented iPad Pro at an intermediate size with more storage, a better display and an improved camera.

It wasn't announced on stage at WWDC yesterday, but Apple's new Pencil Case might be the most quintessential Apple product to date. According to Apple, HomePod is aware of other HomePods in the room, and can dynamically adjust music accordingly for the best spatial sound. The new iPad Pros, will meanwhile, be available for buying in India later this month. Including three new watch faces - Siri, Kaleidoscope, and Toy Story - Watch will also get usability improvements in its activity tracker, music, and a horizontal menu system that should be a huge improvement over the current vertical one.

ProMotion also makes the display more responsive with the Apple Pencil latency period reduced to just 20 milliseconds. The MacBook Air, its lowest-priced laptop, which got the most meagre of upgrades today after years on the sidelines, starts at $999. Apple also laid some groundwork for augmented reality, the projection of digital features onto real-world surroundings, by giving app developers tools for incorporating AR into their products. Further details about the tvOS were also not announced at the convention - an unusual departure since the company usually reveals at least a few software features for the tvOS during the annual WWDC.