Apple WWDC 2017 Announcement Round-up: The HomePod, Augmented Reality and iOS 11

Elizabeth Williams
June 7, 2017

But O'Donnell also expressed skepticism on Apple's ability to dominate this new segment.

At least two of the new features coming to the Maps app are potentially very handy.

A key focus of the WWDC 2017 presentation was the upcoming iOS 11, which will see Apple making significant improvements to its mobile operating system, along with broadening its ecosystem.

Apple's new HomePod speaker may be music to the ears of its loyal fans, but how much it can crank up volume in the smart speaker market remains to be heard.

Apple has also unveiled an AR Kit that's useful for developers who are creating augmented reality apps for iOS devices. Apple has also been working on custom heart rate algorithms specifically designed for high intensity interval training.

"If we are comparing this to Apple's past successes, it doesn't fit that model", said analyst Rob Enderle of Enderle Group.

Person-to-person payments, which was also demonstrated in the iOS 11 preview, will also make its way to watchOS 4, allowing users to transfer money to friends and family in a way that resembles the iMessage app.

Pete Williams, spokesman for the RAC's BePhoneSmart campaign, said: "These days it is less phone calls and more the pings and buzzes of texts and social media apps that have the potential to distract a driver from the task at hand".

Apple introduces a new iPad Pro with a larger 10.5-inch screen
Cook also announced that Amazon's video app will come to Apple's TV streaming box later this year. Before, transactions had been limited to products and services from businesses and institutions.

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11 changes coming to iPhone with Apple's iOS 11
So far, the service has limited payments to purchases of products and services from companies and other organizations. Almost half (46%) of survey respondents want augmented reality (AR) capabilities featured in Apple's next smartphone.

If someone texts you while driving, the phone will send that person a message saying you're driving and can't respond at the moment. Apple promises that both photos and videos can be easily shared without any issues.

The Do Not Disturb While Driving feature Apple announced today at the WWDC conference in San Jose will be part of the new iOS 11 operating system available that will be available, probably in September, to anyone with an iPhone 5S or later.

The smart assistant can also quickly translate English into Chinese, French, German, Italian and Spanish, with more language combinations to come.

"iOS 11 gives iPad users the powerful app functionality they need to take advantage of everything iPad is capable of, and brings hundreds of new features and incredible updates to the iOS apps iPhone and iPad users enjoy every day", Federighi added. What's more, Apple has opened up Apple Music to developers, giving them full access to the 40 million songs in Apple's cloud catalog.

A "Games" tab shows everything that is happening with games, and in-app purchases, such as new levels or upgrades.

For photos, Apple is turning to a "high efficiency" format to replace the widely used JPEG standard.

The new 10.5-inch iPad Pro will start at $649 in the USA and be available in silver, space gray, gold and rose gold colors.

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