Apple's HomePod speaker pumps up the volume on tech rivals

Apple's HomePod speaker pumps up the volume on tech rivals

Apple's HomePod speaker pumps up the volume on tech rivals

Take an image from the Photos app and drag it straight into a new Mail message. The device will retail at $349, come in white and space grey and will be available in the United Kingdom in December.

It can also now be used for person-to-person payments. There have also been improvements to the activity app. Users can now easily control music, with intelligent playlists based on their workout and native Bluetooth support.

Users can also now authenticate payments using Touch ID.

The lack of a breakthrough device has periodically raised concerns that Apple has become too dependent on the iPhone and supported the theory that the company lost its knack for innovation when its co-founder Steve Jobs died of cancer in 2011.

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. It can now translate speech, starting out with English, French, German Chinese, Spanish and Italian.

Apple is expected to unveil new features for its Apple Watch as its Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off on Monday.

One announcement generating a lot of buzz is Apple's new HomePod.

Apple has added HEVC video, offering more efficient compression. The next iOS may also have new features designed for artificial intelligence, the application of computers that learn and understand things like humans. Live Photos can also now be looped, or viewed on long exposure.

While Microsoft is pushing Windows 10 as a single platform that can run across multiple devices, including phones, tablets and PCs, Apple has so far kept iOS and MacOS apart.

The first change involves updates to Apple Maps, which will soon offer speed limit information for every road, as well as lane guidance information during navigation.

Of course, if you just happen to be in a vehicle with someone else who's driving - or if you enjoy enjoy being distracted while you drive around - you can opt out of the Do Not Disturb While Driving mode. However, with successful money transaction apps such as Venmo, Chase Quickpay, or even PayPal, looks like Apple chose to take their payment program one step further. You can drag the second app in Slide Over to the left.

Alexa's popularity, despite its unreliability experienced by WIRED, is rooted in the fact that, thanks to opening up the system to third-party developers, it has more than 12,000 "Skills" that help users implement voice-activated smart home tech in their homes.

It unveiled HomePod, a new 7-inch tall speaker for playing music, checking the news and controlling other connected devices in the home. And, Apple Music has been improved, which will allow you to see what your friends are listening to. The new Files app will store everything at one place including locally stored files. Search by name, category, developer or topic, and you'll receive relevant results for specific apps and games, as well as editorial stories, collections and in-app purchases.

With the iPhone being the world's most popular camera, it's no surprise that photography was front and centre of the keynote.

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