Apple announces new features for phones, tablets, iMacs

Cesar Mills
June 6, 2017

But 10 software releases later, Apple still believes our smartphone homescreens should be a checkerboard of apps - with the most important four stuck to the bottom.

iOS 11's "Do Not Disturb while Driving" feature will auto-reply to texts saying "I'm driving".

The features I'm most excited about, however, should let us get stuff done faster. This feature is now in beta, and Apple will be adding more languages eventually.

The Cupertino, California-based company said Siri, which also competes with Alphabet Inc's (GOOGL.O) Google Assistant, will now work across devices. In Messages, you'll be able to use Apple Pay to send money to your friends or family members. The tablet, till that time, was seen more as a casual computing device, and not something that could be used as a traditional laptop replacement-but that was about to change.

Apple is also bringing the ability to pay someone back through its payment service, Apple Pay, much as PayPal and other services already do. Apple Pay Cash will however, be available in the U.S. only. Both of those social networks have put a strong focus on such capabilities, but Apple hopes that its strong integration into Siri, Spotlight, Safari, and Maps will help it attract users. In iOS 11, Maps will also provide better navigation while driving like speed limit, lane guidance so that one can avoid missing a turn or an exit.

Similarly, the Apple Watch will regularly display news headlines from Apple News with an emphasis on your interests.

Once the feature is turned on, your iPhone can tell when you may be driving and automatically mute your notifications so your screen remains dark. One can also set an auto reply to their favorite contacts for when in driving mode.

Siri is getting a new voice, and the Mac is getting a new name.

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Essentially, the big sell here is that this new generation of iPads have been built to make the most of the added functionality and latent potential of Apple's new iOS 11. This technology reduces the file size of every photo taken on these two devices.

This new suite of functionalities provides an opportunity for government agencies with iOS apps to explore additional ways to increase the effectiveness of how services are delivered on mobile.

Apple made a bunch of design tweaks that will make it easier for people to navigate native apps in iOS. Apple has also included support for 30 languages, including Chinese and Japanese.

The Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is usually where Apple previews its software updates.

Following months of speculation about what exactly the nature of its ambitions for augmented reality are, the company announced it's building an AR platform directly into iOS. Even so, Apple Watch users wanting evidence that their beloved gizmos will see regular improvement via software updates have reason to cheer.

A brief look at some more features coming with iOS 11 includes a redesigned App Store. iOS developers will now get their stories discovered on App Store.

In the fall, our iPhones are going to get a laundry list of new features. Siri will now be able to translate your voice and speak out the response, which seems very cool.

Automatic replies and urgency tags for messages are a step forward to providing peace of mind for people like myself, and would also let family members know you're busy. Apple says that makes the Mac a great platform for developing virtual-reality experiences.

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