Apple's big 5 announcements at WWDC

Elizabeth Williams
June 6, 2017

As expected, Cupertino-based Apple announced the new mobile interfaced iOS v11.0 at the company's annual World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2017, San Jose on June 5. With the new update, you can simply tap the shift key and these symbols will be visible on the alphabet keys themselves. Apple also laid some groundwork for augmented reality, the projection of digital features onto real-world surroundings, by giving app developers tools for incorporating AR into their products. Siri will also be doing something Apple likes to call "on-device learning". In addition, iOS 11 will allow the new iPads to compete more effectively with Microsoft's Surface hybrid notebook-tablet models which are finding favor with business buyers.

The macOS brings new functionality to its Safari browser such as support for autoplay blocking and Intelligent Tracking Prevention that uses machine learning to make browsing history more private. The popular Live Photos feature, introduced with iPhone 6S, now includes trimming and a variety of loops and long exposure effects to make it more engaging.

The moves announced Monday escalate Apple's technological battle of wits with Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Facebook.

Apple has taken the covers of its an overhauled iPad Pro, with the new version featuring a new screen size and more powerful innards.

But the real intrigue could lead in the HomePod's new voice activation technology which will help people manage their lives and their homes.

In other words, Apple owners who value their fourth amendment rights will now need to disable iCloud-synchronization of iMessages on each device, while iCloud users are strongly encouraged to enable two-factor authentication.

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The company said its App Store has so far paid out $70 billion to developers, of which 30 per cent was made previous year.

Apple is trying to change that in iOS 11, with improvements to Siri's voice so she (or he, should you prefer) sounds a lot more natural.

AirPlay 2 is a new protocol that will enable HomeKit to communicate with speakers, including those from Apple-owned Beats, Bose, Bang & Olufsen, and a number of other manufacturers. Here's everything we know about iOS 11 so far.

Drivers will still be able to use Apple CarPlay, of course, in cars that are equipped with it. Apple CarPlay is a vehicle interface specifically created to allow drivers to hear and respond to text messages using voice commands and to safely use other iPhone features while's available from a number of automobile manufacturers, including General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, BMW and Honda, and works through a computer screen in the auto. Siri will now be able to perform translations in various languages including English, Chinese, French, German, Italian and Spanish.

With iOS 11, you will be able to offload apps which you don't use regularly.

Apple's iOS 11 is now available as a public beta to developers and will be available later this Fall with the introduction of an updated iPhone lineup.

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