Apple Announces Smart Speaker, Device Upgrades, and iOS 11

The faster refresh rate also means that "inking" with the Apple Pencil is even faster and smoother with these new iPad Pros. Following Microsoft, Facebook and Google, which all emphasized artificial intelligence at their annual developer conferences, Apple threw its own hat into the AI ring, heating up the competition in Silicon Valley. The company briefly explained the deep learning used to make this voice more natural and expressive than other Siri voices that came before it.

Like those other products it is created to be a digital home assistant, capable of answering questions about maths as well as music-related enquiries - but it comes with some Apple quirks.

If you're a serious Apple user, you'll understand that a Macbook, while pretty, isn't the most productive device on offer. "It will reinvent home audio", boasted Apple CEO Tim Cook.

We did say at the top that the WWDC is known for iOS news, and this year was no different. "But one thing hasn't changed and that is our commitment to our developer community and to do really awesome things".

"None of them have quite nailed it", said Schiller.

This speaker is smarter than any other smart speaker available in the market. The company "can't afford to yield valuable real-estate in the heart of people's homes to Amazon, Google and others", said Geoff Blaber, research analyst at CCS Insight.

Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, announced HomePod by taking a shot at the quality of the speakers in competitors' products.

At $349, the HomePod is more expensive than the most-expensive Amazon Echo - the $230 Echo Show - and the Google Home, priced at $129.

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A new version of Apple's iPad operating system, iOS 11, is the announcement which will have had the most effort ploughed into its development.

Siri will be able to translate from English to French, German, Chinese, Spanish, and Italian, which should help global travelers.

In addition to the promise of better low-light photos with iOS 11's updates, the software update will bring a new Memories feature to iOS photos. The Apple Pay has got a new and much-needed feature- users can now make P2P payments with Apple Pay. Cook did state that more updates will be coming later on this year, however. I'm not entirely sure how it works yet, but it could be a major step towards making iPads feel more versatile, like Macs.

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

App Store update will be part of the iOS 11, launching for free this fall. "Now all the tech titans are engaged in AI technology".

The new iPad runs on iOS 10 and powered by A10 X Fusion chip with 64-bit architecture.

Information about the new laptops was thin on the ground; Apple simply said that that the 12in Macbooks and 15in Macbook Pros will be updated to use Kaby Lake processors.

Again, Apple plans to release a public beta in a few weeks and in our experience, public betas have been more stable than developer versions of pre-release software. Augmented reality is the blending of the physical and virtual worlds.

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