Apple Announces Smart Speaker, Device Upgrades, and iOS 11

With the tap of your iPhone, you could buy your groceries or gas. It used to be a place to just see what's taking up room, but you have way more control over your storage in iOS 11.

"The trick has been providing enough features on its mobile OS without overwhelming users", Avi Greengart, research director for consumer platforms and devices at GlobalData, said of the new OS. But until we get our hands on the public beta, expected later this month, we don't know the true extent of new features. Why should Twitter and Facebook get the love, when I may want to share things to Pinterest, or Reddit, or Instagram? Apple claims it will be the "largest AR platform in the world", thanks to its user base of hundreds of millions of iPhone and iPad users. This means developers can create immersive gaming, 3D and VR content on the Mac. The success of Pokemon Go has proved that people have an appetite for interaction with virtual objects on a screen and ARKit is a natural fit in terms of what we want to do with our smartphones.

Apple's next major software update for the iPhone and iPad is iOS 11, which was unveiled on Monday during the company's annual conference for app developers. Subscribe to ARC and keep ahead of the game!

The company's smart-speaker, the HomePod, is going after the growing online home assistant buyers with the Siri-assisted device. If you're in it just to get iOS 11, provide your Apple ID and some basic information about yourself, and pay the membership fee of $99 per year.

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McIlwain said he expects Apple to add new categories at next week's bash, but not almost enough to match Alexa's number of skills. The new iOS is also adding powerful multitasking support for the iPad. - Updates to MacOS, iOS, and more.

Siri will be able to translate from English to French, German, Chinese, Spanish, and Italian, which should help worldwide travelers.

The personal assistant is also about to get a little more involved in daily life.

"Apple has embarked on a complete overhaul of Siri as it responds to considerable competition and heightening user expectations", he said. Apple has also integrated Siri with the new payments service.

When is the iOS 11 release date?

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Money will be stored in an Apple Pay Cash account. This feature will be rolled out with iOS 11 later this year.

Last, but by no means least, is a much-requested iOS 11 upgrade to CarPlay.

The use of cellphones while driving has been linked to an increase in the number of road traffic accidents, including those involving cyclists. If that doesn't change before watchOS 4 is released later this fall, iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c users who can not update to iOS 11 will not be able to update Apple Watch to the latest software version. The feature will disable calls, alerts and notifications by default, and will be automatically enabled once the phone detects the user is driving. In the event of an emergency, the mode can be tuned for what Apple referred to as "special contacts". "We think this is going to be a real important step in safety in the auto".

The latest rumour is that Apple will add user profiles to tvOS because this truly is a shared device, and this has led to more speculation that it might also (finally) bring them to iOS as well.

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The new iOS iteration also promises a variety of new features for existing iPhone models. Numerous key features are only available for iPad, but there are still plenty of great improvements coming to the iPhone too.

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