Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference just wrapped up at San Jose, California and Apple unveiled new versions of IOS, macOS and watchOS; all new iMac Pro, a new iPad Pro 10.5 inch, a home speaker called the HomePod.
Here are the highlights from today’s keynote.
Apple had nothing much to say about tvOS, the only thing they announced was that the Apple TV is getting a big new content source ‘Amazon Prime Video’. Apple’s CEO promised more updates to tvOS later this year.
Apple announced all new version of watchOS, the update is not as big as last year’s watchOS 3, but there are definitely some interesting new features.
A new Siri watch face which uses machine learning to determine what information is most useful to you at a given point of time, including reminders, traffic information, upcoming events, and smart home control.
New fitness features, including a new user interface for the workout app and two-way workout data exchange with gym equipment. You’ll also be able to use the watch face as a flashlight or blinking light during runs — a neat safety touch.
The next version of Apple mobile operating system brings some new features, such as peer-to-peer transaction with Apple Pay, all new redesigned Apple Store and some improvements.
Apple Pay and iMessage Improvements.
Apple Pay will now be able to handle transactions between your friends and family. It will work as an iMessage app and can be used as a payment method.
It is now much easier to view your iMessage apps. Apple says that now you can access your iMessage app In just one tap in IOS 11. Conversations are now synced across all your devices. And if you delete a message from your one device, it will get deleted from all your devices to save space on your iCloud Drive.
Redesigned App Store
The App Store has received a great transformation in terms of design. There’s now a brand new tab called’ Today’, here you can discover best apps and games served by the Store. There’s also a ‘Games’ tab, where you can discover all new Games available in the Store.
In the ‘Games’ tab, you can also make in-app purchases.
Redesigned Control Center and notifications.
The Control Center is now one page. Although it takes up much more space but you’ll no longer have to swipe between pages to adjust your device settings and by using 3D Touch you can access more options.
The notification center has also been redesigned. When pulling down the status bar, you’ll be represented with the same interface as of the lock screen. From there you can still move to the Today View and check your widgets with just a swipe.
Siri gets better
There’s a new voice for Siri which sounds more natural. Siri also gets a better visual interface that shows suggestions and follow-ups to your original query.
Siri is also getting a new Translation feature, for translating from English to Chinese, Spanish, French, German, and Italian with more languages coming soon. The Translation is in beta though.Siri will now use ‘on-device learning’ to be more predictive about what you may want next.
macOS High Sierra
Apple isn’t doing a major macOS update this year, instead, the company has spent the year perfecting it. the update includes some new features to Safari, including autoplay video blocking and “intelligent tracking prevention”; a faster new file system named; Apple File System, better Photos organization; a stronger updated graphics engine that supports VR development; and support for the Unity and Unreal gaming engines.
Updated Macs and all new iMac Pro
The MacBook and MacBook Pro are getting faster processors and drives and MacBook Air is also getting a faster processor. The 13 inch MacBook Pro is getting a cut in price.
Apple also showed off a new, high-performance version of the iMac — a 27-inch, darker gray iMac Pro, with up to 18 processor cores, 128 GB ECC Memory and AMD Vega Graphics — that’s shipping in December. Starting at $4,999 and meant for pro users
iPad Pro 10.5 inch
Apple also unveiled a new 10.5-inch version of the iPad Pro, for professional users. It comes with a better display with 120hz refresh rate, which makes the experience more smoother and responsive. The new tablet has a base storage of 64 Gigabytes
The 10.5-inch iPad Pro will start at $649 and will start shipping next week.
HomePod: Siri Speaker
Apple’s new speaker is the new competitor in the smart speaker market. The speaker will start selling in December in white and space gray for $349.
According to Apple, the speaker will sense the shape of your room and customize the audio for its surroundings. There’s also a ‘Musicologist’ feature which will play music from your Apple Music account and answer questions about the music that’s playing. It will also able to answer all the Siri queries.