Apple Inc. Reveals 10.5-Inch iPad Pro And Refreshed 12.9-Inch Model

Siri is getting a new voice, and the Mac is getting a new name.

With an upcoming software update for iPhones and iPads, Siri will learn your habits based on what articles you might be reading, for instance. So far, interest in VR has been strongest among gamers, developers and hardware makers rather than everyday users.

Apple announced the launch of HomePod today at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California.

Apple's entry into the market may finally commercialize AR into a consumer-friendly package, one that takes it from the side-lines and thrusts it into the limelight. It will allow users to automatically block auto-play videos by detecting videos that shouldn't be playing when you open a webpage to read an article, for example. Speaking of driving, this genuine safety feature is good news for drivers too easily distracted by notifications and alerts. It also upgraded the internal specs of both this new smaller iPad Pro and the original 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

If you're curious about what the 10th Anniversary iPhone might look like this spring, then there might be some hints in the new iPad Pro. New iMacs and MacBook laptops start shipping Monday. Payments can be validated with Touch ID and the service will also come with the Apple Pay Cash virtual card for transactions. Messages gains some user interface improvements, including a redesigned App Drawer along with iCloud support for secure synchronization of all of a user's Messages conversations across all of their iOS and macOS devices.

McHugh: The biggest complaint that many of us have about the iPhone (or our smartphones in general) is the constant search for more storage space.

A new "high efficiency" photo format will replace the widely used JPEG standard.

Google Assistant, will also now be able to create appointments on an iPhone after an appointment is booked on a Mac, for example, marking the first time that privacy-conscious Apple has let the assistant work across devices.

The Apple Pay app is also now available as an app within the draw in Messages.

Apple is adding what is says are detailed floor plan maps at a variety of shopping malls and major airports.

Also in the iOS 11 update was an extension to the power of mobile payment system Apple Pay, which will now allow users to send money directly to friends and families.

And Apple will have a new "do not disturb" mode for driving. This would be a box built in to the vehicle that would block radio transmissions of any kind from reaching the phone.

Apple SVP Craig Federeghi introduced and demonstrated several of the new features coming in iOS 11, which will be available to registered developers today, a public beta expected in the coming weeks.

  • Arturo Norris