Now the time has come to officially know what apple has in store for this year WWDC. Chief executive Tim Cook said that Apple had six big announcements Monday at its annual developers conference.
tvOS 11: Please welcome Amazon Prime Video!
It’s a been a long road for Apple TV customers who like to watch Amazon Video. A feud between the two companies has kept Amazon’s library off the Apple set-top box. But the firms appear to have buried the hatchet a little. That’s good for consumers, who have been caught in the middle of a battle between two titans that has made the streaming world needlessly complicated
watchOS 4: Toy Story characters don’t have to work out
Siri is getting smarter on the Apple Watch, with a new watch face that uses the assistant to set up a feed of your day on your wrist. The watch face, which seems like a mash-up between Google Now and your Facebook feed, will show you photos of old memories from previous years and make recommendations. For example, if you’re close to hitting your activity goals for the day, the watch face will tell you exactly what you need to do to achieve your goals.
Apple’s reveals new Mac operating system – High Sierra – and Macs get a refresh.
Apple’s next operating system is called High Sierra and will be a free update to the current Sierra system.
iMacs and MacBooks: A new iPad Pro you can’t buy yet, and more refreshed models
Mac lineup: Apple also announced a slew of updates to the Mac lineup, which has been overdue for an update. The new desktops now have higher memory capacity and stronger graphics performance. The 21.5-inch iMac starts at $1,099 (roughly Rs. 70,720); a 21.5-inch, 4K-capable iMac Retina will cost $1,299 (roughly Rs. 83,590); and a 25-inch iMac Retina 5K goes for $1,799 (roughly Rs. 1,15,770).
Notebooks: Apple said it’s refreshing its notebooks, with the MacBook and MacBook Pro moving to faster processors and faster solid-state hard drives. The 15″ MacBook Pro is also getting faster graphics. Apple is also cutting the basic price for the MacBook’s 13-inch model by $300 (roughly Rs. 19,300). All are shipping now.
Desktop: Apple also announced a new iMac Pro, which will cost $4,999 (roughly Rs. 3,21,670) and will be available in December. Apple is clearly trying to position its desktop and laptop computers to appeal more to creative professionals, including game developers. Apple officials talked a lot about support for virtual reality, something it hasn’t spoken that much about before
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Control center: Apple is revamping the control center on iOS – the panel that pops up to let you control volume, brightness, etc. – by enlarging it and spacing out some of the functions.
Apple Pay: The company also introduced a person-to-person payment feature to Apple Pay. For example, a message that says “You owe me $20” will automatically pull up a suggestion to tap into Apple Pay, which will suggest $20 (roughly Rs. 1,290) as your basic payment.
Voice assistant: Siri will speak (a little) more naturally in female and male voices and use some sort of machine learning to suggest apps that you may want to use.
GPS: Maps has a couple of updates, including indoor maps for places such as shopping malls – a cultural icon that’s apparently dying, but, hey, at least it’s a start.
The Maps app will now display the speed limit of the road you’re driving on and let you know what lane you should be in. Using Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, it will also be able to track when you’re moving in a car and give you the option to turn on a “do not disturb” mode while driving. Those who send you a message will now see an automatic reply that you’re driving, and you will see their message later. If they reply “urgent” to that message, that message will be marked as such and go through.
App Store: The store is getting a makeover, too, with tabs for games, apps that are notable that day, and a tab just for nongaming apps.
AR: Apple is also bringing more machine learning and augmented reality capabilities to the iPhone, which will help developers create apps with these features. In a keynote demo, Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering, placed a digital cup, vase and lamp on a table and showed how the objects’ shadows were able to interact with each other. A representative from Wingnut AR, a studio owned by “Lord of the Rings” director Peter Jackson, demoed a more elaborate AR battle onstage. These new capabilities, Federighi said, make iOS the largest AR platform in the world.
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New iPad Pro models and new productivity features, 10.5-Inch iPad Pro: Smaller bezels and a better display
Apple has updated its iPad Pro line, upping the basic screen size of the higher-end tablet to 10.5 inches, rather than the 9.7-inch screen that has been the basic iPad’s screen size since it was introduced.
The 10.5-inch model will start at $649 (roughly Rs. 41,700), with the bigger 12.9-inch model starting at $799 (roughly Rs. 51,400). Apple is also doubling the storage space on these models, and the larger model will have a version with 512GB of storage. Users will be able to order the tablets now; they ship next week.
HomePod: Welcome a new challenger!
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The company officially unveiled the HomePod (yes, that’s the real name), and it’s priced at $349 when it ships later this year.
It’s under 7 inches tall, and it’s covered in a 3D mesh fabric to boost acoustic properties. Along the bottom is a 7-array beam form with tweeters, to drive the audio from within and out along the bottom with directional control. It has a wooder, upwards facing, that splits distortion. It’s powered by an Apple A8 chip. Real-time acoustic modeling, multi-channel echo cancellation, and more, are powered by the chip.