Published: Tue, June 06, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

WWDC 2017: Apple Debuts HomePod, Twitter Wonders What Inspired Its Design

The feature, announced at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) now taking place in California, comes after a number of lawsuits in North America where drivers distracted by their phones have been involved in life-changing crashes. This goes hand in hand with another software development, Apple's new Files app.

The free software update for mobile devices, iOS 11, is expected in September when Apple typically releases new iPhones.

Sales of iPads are hardly what keeps Apple afloat, but they're still iterating and clearly have some plans up their sleeves about how you might use a new mid-sized iPad Pro.

Apple Watch also got attention. It will be customisable as well. iOS 11 will also introduce a split view drag and drop functionality to allow users to drag and drop files between two open apps in split view on the iPad. Note that the Mac already has this.

Apple is also bringing the ability to send money to friends or other people through its payment service, Apple Pay. Apple's property messaging platform is now directly integrated with iCloud. A public beta will be available later this month.

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The company also launched a new configuration of the 13-inch MacBook Pro without a Touch Bar that starts at a cheaper $1,299. The release of the final version is slated for autumn alongside the new iPhone 7S and iPhone 8 smartphones.

Apple's AI-based personal assistant Siri gets a new voice and more follow-up results to queries with new visual interface for results, reports TheVerge.

Siri is getting better: The voices will sound a bit more human and Siri will be able to translate English instantly into Chinese, Spanish, French, German, and Italian. The assistant will also perform deeper "on-device learning" or learn user patterns based on what they ask Siri.

Apple Pay: The company also introduced a person-to-person payment feature to Apple Pay. The new Apple File System (APFS) APFS makes copying files and directories easier, helps protect data from power outages and crashes and a native encryption system. Apple officials talked a lot about support for virtual reality, something it hasn't spoken that much about before. In any case, Apple is late to the game on VR.

During his keynote address to WWDC attendees, Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of software engineering said the move was not one to arbitrarily block ads, but protect users' privacy. For photographs, Apple is swinging to a "high efficiency" organization to supplant the broadly used JPEG standard. The 'ARKit' uses visual image processing techniques to track objects around it and it doesn't require constant calibration since Apple claims that its AR engine works on a real-time basis. It's a smart wireless speaker powered by the Siri AI that seems created to compete with the likes of Amazon's Alexa and Google's Home speaker.

Called "HomePod", the wireless speaker delivers incredible audio quality and uses spatial awareness to sense its location in a room and automatically adjust the audio.

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With the Brexit negotiations beginning just 11 days after the June 8 polls, May said, "we have no time to waste". Seven women and five men aged between 19 and 60 were arrested under the Terrorism Act in Barking on Sunday.

"HomePod" will be available starting in December, initially in Australia, Britain and the US.

Apple's home hub is here.

-Advanced support for queries, allowing users to fetch answers for questions like "Who's playing drums on this track?" or "What was the top song on May 5th, 2016?" And just like its competitors, the HomePod will provide information on news, general knowledge, weather and sports scores.

Apple said that watch wearers will be able to link their devices with the gym equipment through NFC. Secondly, all voice inputs are encrypted using an anonymous Siri identifier.

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Williams, who turns 37 this month, is a seven-time major champion, with all of those titles at Wimbledon or the U.S. Second seed Karolina Pliskova advanced to round four with a 7-5, 6-1 victory over Germany's Carina Witthoeft.

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