On the Move: Tech Giant Apple Reveals Its New Homepod Speaker

Cesar Mills
June 6, 2017

Furthermore, iOS 11 brings a new compression technology - High Efficiency Image File Format (HEIF) - that will conserve space whenever needed.

Apple Inc. has announced its latest operating system for iPhone and iPad users, unveiling IOS 11 at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference now underway in San Jose, California. It does not get a massive overhaul in terms of the visual appeal or the features, but there seem to be enough changes under the hood to make a difference.

Peer-to-peer payments apps such as Venmo, Square Cash, and even Facebook Messenger's payment service are all platform-agnostic, meaning you can send cash from an iOS or Android device, though you'll need to convince someone to download and register for said service (Square Cash only needs your bank card), which means pulling out your credit card yet again to register for the privilege to pay someone else. The deep-learning feature is live on all Apple devices with Siri, but the company claims that such info shall remain private to users. The research firm eMarketer says than 35 million people in the USA are expected to use a voice-activated speaker at least once a month this year, more than double its estimate from last year. But the bigger gamble is with contextual learning and the predictive suggestions that it'll now try to offer.

The Memories album now has automatic re-orientation in video playback when you flip your iPhone around.

When you turn on Do Not Disturb While Driving, iOS 11 will silence alert and notifications while keeping the screen dark. iOS 11 will use Bluetooth or Wi-Fi to measure that you're moving in a vehicle and if so, to suggest activating the feature.

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The assistant also gets a new interface, and will now show multiple results for queries based on context and alternatives.

Apple told the developers they were overhauling the App Store, giving it a fresh look, and beginning to add the floor plans of shops and airports to its map program.

Apple's Siri agent on the iPhone is available in 21 languages, although the HomePod will initially ship only for English. The iMessage platform is also borrowing an important update from WhatsApp-cloud backups.

The arrival of Amazon Prime Video on Apple TV signals another thing altogether - that Apple and Amazon may have finally settled some of their differences. This will include apps such as Shazam getting the ability to auto add discovered songs to your library.

The first big change is with Siri. The most popular paid apps are usually games. There will be a predictive feature too, for apps used frequently. With its new user-to-user payment feature, Apple Pay will be going up against competitors like Venmo in a bid to make itself more useful to users. The on-screen keyboard has been redesigned as well. It also upgraded the internal specs of both this new smaller iPad Pro and the original 12.9-inch iPad Pro. On an iPad with iOS11, users can open a second app and slide it over each other to create a "Split View" feel.

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