New iMacs unveiled Monday at Apple's annual conference for software programmers are getting better displays and graphics capabilities.
The updated personal assistant will now respond to users in a more natural way. Amazon's popular voice-controlled speaker, the Echo, can be told to play songs from an Amazon music account or even Spotify, but not from Apple Music.
Screen recording, Face-Time and other featuresSome of the features that did not get a mention but are still notable additions to the operating system include the ability to now take screen recordings, one-handed keyboards, FaceTime Live Photos, password auto-fill, more language options for keyboards, storage optimization and much more. "We believe Apple remains among the most under-appreciated stocks in the world". Initially, Siri will support real-time translation for Chinese, French, German, Italian and Spanish.
Back in 2015 Amazon stopped selling Apple TV units though its online store, including through third-party listings, in a bid to boost sales of its own Fire TV devices. The company has teamed up with Valve to bring the virtual reality platform to desktop computers and they showed off the new technology with a Star Wars VR demo. The new iOS 11 software has some interesting updates, including some new storage features and mapping features, but again most of the updates were incremental rather than revolutionary. "The next iPhone continues to look like it will be the most important update to the device since iPhone 6", Loup Ventures founder Gene Munster wrote. From Deutsche Bank's perspective, the key incremental announcements were the smart speaker, the availability of peer-to-peer payments on Apple Pay, and the introduction of a workstation version of the Mac. Apple's latest powerful iOS tablet is available with a brighter display, a feature called Pro Motion and a new 64-bit A10X Fusion chip. The dedicated recent files section gives you access to your recent files from all your iOS devices including the files within apps. "You'll also be able to handily switch off just the cellular radio, and not go full Airplane Mode".
"Through in-depth features and interviews, App Store editors will uncover the stories behind iOS developers, and the incredible apps and games they create", Apple said. But because it is a mobile OS, apps open instantly and have a simplified yet still capable interface that makes real computing power vastly more approachable and user friendly.More news: Police officer faces charges for fatal neck hold
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This feature will automatically silence any incoming notifications and lock down each users' screen when driving is detected.
iOS 11 includes Do Not Disturb feature to help drivers stay more focused on the road while driving.
Users have the option of sending an auto reply to contacts listed in Favourites to let them know they are driving and can not respond until they arrive at their destination.
Amazon's Kindle app for Apple's iPhone lets people read but not buy books, which must be purchased directly from Amazon's website.
According to Apple, it is the fastest browser ever with features like autoplay blocking, intelligent tracking prevention that uses machine learning to block irritating content.