Apple event highlights the rise of the smart speaker

Angelica Greene
June 6, 2017

The latest iPads comes loaded with iOS 10, however, they will be updated with the official launch of iOS 11 this fall. There are new watch faces.

If you hit workout goals, you'll now get fancier animations to give you a greater sense of satisfaction.

The newly updated MacBook laptops are now available. On the right, iOS 11.

In addition to the new iMac Pro, Apple is working on a completely redesigned, next-generation Mac Pro architected for pro customers who need the highest-end, high-throughput system in a modular design, as well as a new high-end pro display.

Other new watchfaces include a kaleidoscope and new characters such as Woody, Jesse, and Buzz from the Toy Story movie franchise.

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Apple senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi said the next Mac operating system will be named "High Sierra" in tribute to the California mountain range. For more details on the subject check this out. Another Safari feature will stop video from automatically playing on websites. The browser is also adding "intelligent" tracking prevention in order to cut down on ads that follow you around the Internet. Categories, faces and favorites will be synchronized across devices. It is unclear, however, how users will be able to export JPEG images for sharing in a more common file format. Apple hinted that third-party audio apps can also take advantage of AirPlay 2, which opens up the possibility for Google Play Music or Spotify to control song streaming at some point. In other words, older messages can not be transferred from iCloud to a newly-added device, and Apple can not decrypt anyone's messages because it does not have the uniquely generated keys to do so - even under federal law. For example, duplicating a file will be almost instant.

For the first time since its introduction in 2007, the App Store has now been optimized with a card-based design and tabs that transform the layout into more of a basic newsfeed than anything else. It may not be first but Apple always does it better.

HomePod costs $349 to start and will be available later this year. To bridge the gap, it's built a superpowered version of its all-in-one iMac that will be available in December. There is also a new Files app and this is perhaps the best news yet, and something that could really make the iPad Pro an alternative to laptop computers. And for half-precision computation, ideal for machine learning, iMac Pro delivers up to an incredible 22 Teraflops of performance.

HomePod capped a keynote presentation that included updates to Apple's iPad and Mac laptop lines, and upgraded operating software enabling augmented reality for iPhones and iPads.

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