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Apple Unveils iOS 11, 10.5-Inch iPad Pro, HomePod Siri-Based Speakers at WWDC 2017: Event Highlights

Apple Unveils iOS 11, 10.5-Inch iPad Pro, HomePod Siri-Based Speakers at WWDC 2017: Event Highlights

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2017-06-06T00:58:24+0530

Looks like we're about to wrap up.

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Cook is back on stage, recapping all the announcements.

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Now for the price. Apple's HomePod will cost $349. Coming in white and space gray in December in the US, UK and Australia. Coming to more counties next year.

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HomePod will work with other HomeKit compatible devices like lights, thermostat, etc. 

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Doubles up a home assistant to give you news, weather, sports, set reminders, etc.

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Siri on HomePod can understand complex queries too and not just predefined commands.

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Can be used in conjunction with another HomePod player. It has a 6 microphone array for summoning Siri.

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We have a simulated demo of how the spatial awareness works. It can use beam forming to avoid obstacles in the room and direct sound around it.

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The speaker has spatial awareness, which means it detects the spaces around it depending on where you place it, for a more spacious sound.

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HomePod is the official name for Apple's home music player. Under 7 tall, covered in a 3D mesh  fabric.  7-beam forming tweeters at the bottom. 4woofer. Powered by a Apple A8 chip.

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Schiller is talking about how they've created a speaker that's smart enough to know what music you need and also sound good. The product is coming later this year.

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Schiller is back on stage.

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We want to reinvent home music, says Cook.

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We're now talking about one last thing. Music.

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Video time, showing off all the new iPad Pro and software features.

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Tim Cook is back on stage.

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Developer Beta of iOS 11 available today. Coming to everyone else in the fall as a free upgrade.

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Federighi is back on stage.

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Toby Patterson is on stage to demo the new Notes app using the Apple Pencil.

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Notes app gets a built in document scanner. Markup integrated into the Mail app too.

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Pencil gets better integration for the Notes app. You can search your handwriting and do inline drawings.

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We're now moving on to Apple Pencil. Markup lets you markup any app that supports printing.

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We have a live demo of iOS 11 on the iPad.

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New app called Files coming to iPad. supports nested folders, tags, recent, etc. It also supports third party providers like Dropbox, Box, etc.

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Drag and Drop coming to iPad. You can now flick on keys to access punctuation, etc.

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Largest iOS release for iPads ever, says Schiller. You can now summon the dock from anywhere.

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iPad Pro 10.5 and 12.9 will start with 64GB of memory. 10.5starts at $649 and 12.9starts at $799. Shipping now.

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Still has 10-hours battery life. It will have the same camera from the iPhone 7. Can capture and edit 4K video. 7MP front camera. iPad Pro supports USB 3.0 and fast charging.

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Hewson is performing some heavy editing tasks but the results are nearly instantaneously, with virtually no processing time. Infinity Photo for the iPad Pro is available for the iPad Pro today.

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Ash Hewson of Serif is on stage to give a demo of the new Infinity Photo editing app.

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The new iPad Pro has the new A10X chip. 6-core CPU, 12-core GPU. 30% faster CPU performance compared to A9X.

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ProMotion now brings down the latency of the Apple Pencil to just 20ms.

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Max refresh rate on the new iPad Pro is now 120Hz.

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New iPad Pros are getting better displays, wider colour gamut, HDR video and 600nits of brightness.

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New iPad Pro announced. 10.5-inch display with reduced borders. Weighs just 1 pound. It's also the right size for a full-size onscreen keybaord. Also perfectly fits the physical keybord.

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Greg Joswiak is on stage talking about the iPad Pro.

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Cook is back on stage. We're now talking iPads.

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The WingnutAR demo looks incredibly cool. Schiller is back on stage.

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Wingnut AR is Hollywood Director, Peter Jackson's new production company. We now have a live demo for the same.

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ARKit provides fast and stable motion tracking, ambient light estimation, etc. This is possible by taking advantage of all the sensors in the iPhone and iPads. This will make ARKit the largest AR platform in the world, says Federighi.

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ARKit announced. We have a demo for that right now. Federighi is using a test app through which he placed a virtual object on a table through the iPhone's viewfinder.

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We're now talking about AR.

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He's talking about new APIs which is part of Core ML, which will help developers create more efficient apps.

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He's handed the stage back over to Federighi. We're now talking about machine learning.

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Schiller is back on stage.

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Everyday, you'll have a new 'app of the day' or 'game of the day'.

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Anne is on stage demoing the new App Store. She's showing off Monument Valley 2 in the app store.

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'Apps' tab will show you the rest of the apps.

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A brand new App Store. A new tab called 'Today' will greet you when you open it. 'Games'  will have a dedicated space now.

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500 million weekly visitors to the app store. Apple has passed $70 billion paid to developers to date.

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Phil Schiller is on stage to talk about the App Store.

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Apple Music now shows you what your friends have been listening to. Music Kit allows developers full access to Apple Music.

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Now, onto Apple Music. 27 million paid subscribers.

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New speakers from partner brands coming soon.

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Home Kit will now support speakers. AirPlay 2 protocol enables multi-room audio now.

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New feature Do Not Disturb While Driving announced. Aims to make driving safer for those that don't have Car Play in their car. 

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Demo over. We're no onto Maps. Will have detailed floor plans for malls in various cities around the world and in Airports, with more being added overtime.

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We're now looking at a demo of Memories. Can be viewed in portrait mode to take advantage of the height of the display.

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You can now loop Live Photos to create a sort of a gif.

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Lockscreen and notification center is now unified.

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We have a live demo of iOS 11. Control Center supports 3D Touch for more convenience.

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Major redesign coming to Control Center.

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Live Photos can be trimmed, select a key photo, etc.

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iOS 11 will use HEVC for video recording for better quality and lesser size. JPEGs will use HEIF for smaller image sizes with better quality.

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In iOS 11, Siri will use on-device learning is synced across all your devices provided you use the same login account.

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Siri Kit, will let you use Siri for more third party devices. 

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New visual interface too. Translation is a new feature added to Siri.

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Siri has a new voice thanks to deep learning, to make it sound more natural.

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Next up, Apple Pay. New feature involves person to person payment. Integrated into iMessage.

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Integration with iCloud, so messages sync across devices.

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We start with messages. Redesigned app drawer to quickly access apps and stickers.

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Federighi is back on stage.

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iOS 11 is official.

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Cook takes a dig at Android, pointing out the install base between the platforms.

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We're onto iOS. 96% customer satisfaction for iOS 10.

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Cook is back on stage.

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Coming in December.

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The new iMac Pro starts at $4999.

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It will have four Thunderbolt 3 ports and 10Gbps Ethernet.

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Will provide up to 11 Teraflops in single precision computing and up to 22 Teraflops in half precision computing.

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It will have workstation-class processing power in the same body of a standard iMac. New cooling solution. It will ship with up to a 18-core Xeon CPU. It will use AMD Vega GPU.

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It's the new iMac Pro. Comes in a space gray finish. Will be the most powerful Mac Apple has ever made.

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We have a sneak peak at a new product that's not shipping till the end of the year.

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13-inch Macbook Pro now starts at $1299.

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Kaby Lake CPUs coming to the Macbook Pros too. All new Macbook Pros and the Air start shipping today.

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The new iMac 21.5 starts at $1099, 4K iMac at $1299, 275K iMac at $1799

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We're seeing a VR demo that was created on the new iMacs.

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iMac 21.5now supports Intel Iris graphics. iMac Retina 4K will have Radeon Pro 555. Finally, 27-inch iMac will have the new Radeon graphics with up to 8GB of VRAM.

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21.5system support up to 32GB RAM and 27version support up to 64GB. Faster SSDs too. they will now have two USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3 connectors.

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New iMac displays are 500nits, 43% brighter and the whole line is moving to Intel's Kaby Lake CPUs.

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John Turnis is on stage talking about the iMac.

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Public Beta coming in June. Free upgrade for all in the fall.

2017-06-05T23:12:18+0530

Metal for VR coming in High Sierra. Pro apps like FCP optimised and Steam VR, Unity and Unreal will be supported. 

2017-06-05T23:11:41+0530

Metal for external graphics announced.

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Federighi is now talking about graphics. New version of Metal called Metal 2 announced. Offers better performance over its predecessor. Is also used to accelerate machine learning algorithms.

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Next up is video. H.265 or HEVC offers up to 40% better compression.

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We're now talking about the file system in the new OS. Apple File System (APFS) is the default file system of the new OS.

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New features for organising and editing photos coming to High Sierra.

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We're now onto Mail. Full split screen view. Up to 35% less space for storing mail.

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It also has Intelligent Tracking Prevention, which uses machine learning to make your browsing history more private.

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Autoplay blocking coming to Safari. It detects the sites that autoplays videos and pauses them.

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New refinements coming to Safari. Federighi is talking about how it's the world's fastest desktop browser with High Sierra.

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The next version is called macOS High Sierra.

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Craig Federighi is on stage to talk about the next macOS.

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Tim Cook is back on stage. We're now talking about the Mac.

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New features in watchOS 4 - support for more apps running in the background, etc. Developer Preview coming this fall.

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Kevin Lynch is back on stage.

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Demo time. We're getting a tour of how the new Siri watch face, new music app work.

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New music app on the watch will get updates like multiple playlists, etc.

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If you're in the gym, you can communicate with the gym equipment so data can be shared and the info matches. Apple Watch gym equipment will be rolling out this fall.

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You can now add another workout, along with your current session.

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Now on to the Activity app. Monthly Challenges, Achievements are some new features added once your complete your milestones.

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Along with Mickey Mouse watch faces, we now have main characters from Toy Story as well.

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New kaleidoscope watch face gives you new styles with minimal info.

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New Siri watch face announced. Info changes based on your routine and machine learning.

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We're going through some of the new feature in watchOS 4.

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Second big news - Apple Watch. New updates to watchOS. Kevin Lynch   is on stage.

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Amazon Prime Video is coming to tvOS.

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Cook says there are 6 announcements. We begin with tvOS.

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We're diving in to software platforms - tvOS, watchOS, macOS and iOS

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Most number of student developers in the room too. Cook is talking about a 82-year old Japanese woman who published her first app this year.

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There are now 16 million registered developers.

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This is going to be the best and biggest WWDC, ever says Cook

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Tim Cook takes the stage.

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He unplugs one of the mainframes to charge his iPod, which sets a cascading effect of utter chaos as all apps go offline.

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And we begin with an intro video. A new Apple employee is been shown to his desk, in the server room.

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We have Whatever It Takes by Imagine Dragons playing. Looks like we're running a bit late.

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Just got an announcement to switch our phones to silent mode. We're about to begin.

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One last track before be begin. This is Montana by Tycho.

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We've switched to Love is Mystical by the Cold War Kids. Folks are still finding their seats. 10min to go.

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Less than 15min to go. We have Coldplay's Something Just Like This playing in the background. 

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We've taken our seats. About 45min to go before the event kicks off.

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Welcome to the Apple WWDC 2017 live blog! We'll be bringing you the play-by-play as Apple gets ready to unveil new versions of iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS. If the rumours are to be believed then we might be seeing some brand new hardware too. We're still a few hours away from the event so come back at 10:30pm IST (10:00am PDT) to catch all the action as it unfolds.

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The annual Apple developer conference, WWDC 2017, has kicked off with CEO Tim Cook on the stage. iOS 11 took the limelight, but there were also other updates such as macOS High Sierra, watchOS 4, and tvOS 11. Along with this were upgrades to the iPad Pro, MacBook, MacBook Pro, iMacs, and a new iMac Pro as well as the new Siri-based HomePod speaker. The updates will be rolled out in the fall, expectedly around September, while the MacBooks start shipping tomorrow; the iMac Pro will start shipping in December.

iOS 11

iOS 11 brings a number of new features, such as deep learning, translation, and a new visual interface for Siri; the digital assistant will also be accessible on more third-party devices using Siri Kit. The new iPhone software update will bring HEVC for video recording that provide better quality videos at lesser size, and photos will be better and lighter too via HEIF. The Control Centre will also get new look with iOS 11. With the new update, Apple Pay gets person-to-person (P2P) payment option, Apple Maps will get lane mapping, and more features.

 

The App Store is getting a design overhaul as well, and will get separate tabs named Today, Games, and Apps; there will also be App of the Day, Game of the Day, and List of the Day with the new App Store. Augmented Reality (AR) is coming full force to iPhones as well with AR Kit for iOS 11 as well.

iPad Pro

iPad Pro got a new 10.5-inch variant that is 20 percent larger, and is powered by a 6-core CPU and 12-core GPU that makes it 30 percent faster than the A9X processor. The device weighs 1 pound, and offers max display refresh rate of 120Hz, double that of the predecessor. iPad Pro now starts at base storage of 64GB for $649, and goes up to 849 for the 512GB variant. The new iPad models come with fast-charging and fast USB 3 transfers, and will come with 10 hour battery life. As for the software, it will come with a new Files app, new productivity features, drag-and-drop, and searchable handwritten (with Apple Pencil) notes, among others.

HomePod speaker

Apple has launched the HomePod smart speaker that integrates Siri and uses spatial awareness to deliver high-quality audio to wherever the users are seated in the room. The compact wireless speaker is 7-inch in height, and features 4-inch woofer, 7 beam-forming tweeters, and 6 microphones, all covered in a 3D mesh fabric.

The $349 speaker comes in soace gray and white colour options, and will be available in the US, UK, and Australia in December, It will be integrated with users' Apple Music account to play music from it, and the Siri integration allows it to understand queries posed by the users. It will be able to interact with other HomeKit devices such as lights, thermostat, and read aloud the news, weather, sports, and set reminders, among other functions.

macOS High Sierra

Next up was macOS High Sierra, the update to last year's macOS Sierra for desktops. The new macOS version comes with faster Safari browser that support autoplay blocking, Intelligent Tracking Prevention that uses machine learning to make your browsing history more private, better photo editing and organisation features, new file system, and improved video compression. The macOS High Sierra public beta will start in June, and free upgrade for all supported devices will begin in the fall.

MacBook, MacBook Pro, iMac, iMac Pro

The MacBook is getting the new Kaby Lake processor (up to 1.3GHz Core i7, with Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz), up to 50 percent faster SSD, and support for up to twice the RAM. The 13-inch MacBook Pro will also receive the Kaby Lake upgrade (3.5GHz Core i7, with Turbo Boost up to 4GHz), while the 15-inch model goes up to 3.1GHz Core i7 with Turbo Boost up to 4.1GHz; the latter now comes with more powerful graphics with more video memory.

Apple has also launched the all-new iMac Pro with 27-inch Retina 4K display, up to 18-core Xeon processor, up to 128GB RAM, up to 22-teraflops of graphics computation, and up to 4TB SSD. The base variant of iMac Pro will launch in December at starting price of $4,999.

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