At its annual conference for developers on Monday, Apple unveiled new augmented reality (AR) software that can display virtual objects onto the real world. Everyone in the tech industry expected Apple would finally introduce a connected speaker to compete with the Amazon Echo and Google Home, but no one was certain what it would look like and where its focus would lie.
Apple also has added motion and heart-rate algorithms for those engaged in High Intensity Interval Training workouts.
He announced that Amazon's video app will come to Apple's TV streaming box later this year.
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. You can even ask Siri about the band, its members, and anything else related to the same.
Apple also shared the latest version of watchOS4, which continues to put the emphasis on the Apple Watch as a fitness device.
Apple says that as many as 375 million devices use Siri every month.
The iPhone screen will also be locked to prevent drivers from using many of their apps while driving. Starting in the fall, Apple Watch compatible equipment will start coming to gyms from companies like Cybex, Schwinn and Matrix.
The browser's new "intelligent tracking prevention", meanwhile, will use machine learning to identify and block digital-ad trackers in order to keep advertisers from following and profiling users. Monday, the company showed updates for its iPhone, Watch and Mac lines.
Perhaps, the biggest change with iOS 11 is that it will get a bunch of completely exclusive features for the iPad Pro range of tablets, to take advantage of their larger screens and the push to enhance productivity tasks. To bridge the gap, it's built a superpowered version of its all-in-one iMac that will be available in December. Apple Pay will also get some iMessage support, allowing Apple Pay users to send and receive money through the messenger.
The new range will also benefit from the recently launched iOS 11 operating system, which brings a host of new additions to the iPad, including expanded file management and Drag and Drop functionality.
Business Chat is a powerful new way for businesses to connect with customers directly from within Messages. If a user erases a message on your iPhone or iPad, that will be reflected on the Mac as well.
These were just some of the many announcements made at WWDC last night. It mimics the features of both systems, touting a Sonos-like spacial awareness system to better deliver music around the home, but also voice-controlled features, such as Smart Home.
HomePod is deemed a more expensive competitor of Echo, which was released two years ago. The new iMac Pro starts at $4999, which the company claimed was several thousand dollars less than a similar specced PC.