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

iOS 11 is the biggest software release ever for iPad, with powerful multitasking features, the files app and more ways to use Apple Pencil.

Apple's augmented-reality push at the conference is likely a precursor to 3D sensing and AR functions on the iPhone 8 coming this fall, Cowen analyst Timothy Arcuri said in a note to clients.

Created to work with an Apple Music subscription for access to over 40 million songs, "HomePod" provides deep knowledge of personal music preferences and tastes and helps users discover new music. These three gadgets are the last iDevices to use 32-bit processors (the Apple A6 in the iPhones, the A6X in the iPad); beginning with the iPhone 5S and the iPad Air in 2013, all of Apple's iPhones, iPads, and iPods since have included 64-bit chips.

FOR APPLE fans, today was like Christmas and Easter rolled into one.

iOS 11 was released as a developer preview today.

Tim Cook said Mac computers are the "heart and soul of Apple" as he showed off a new version of the software that powers Macbooks and iMacs.

Apple is also bringing the ability to send money to friends or other people through its payment service, Apple Pay. Apple says that the speaker can adapt to the environment in which it is placed, playing music in all directions when placed in the center of a room while directing sound to the away from walls if placed in a corner.

I also got try two HomePods at once, set up like stereo speakers. And Apple will also provide a "lane guidance" view when you take the wheel of a auto.

Other key elements of the new iOS update are augmented reality, Apple Pay, Do Not disturb while driving, professional capabilities for Photos and Camera apps.

Like what you see? But Apple insists that through machine learning and artificial intelligence, Siri will indeed get smarter in iOS 11, and also learn more about how to please you with personal experiences and suggestions by learning what you're doing inside the Safari, News, Mail and Messages apps.

Texting or using the phone while driving might not be the smartest thing to do especially with such a high chance of getting into an accident on the road.

But worldwide travelers will likely appreciate the fact that Siri will be able to translate English words and phrases into Chinese, French, German and Spanish. There is a new technology called High Efficiency Image File Format that reduces the file size of photos, but this is for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus only. Another new function in iOS allows you to open another app (such as email), then pull up the Files app, and drag the files you want over.

Amazon stopped selling Apple TV two years ago because of its lack of any Prime Video app and easy access to the streaming network's content.

App Store also gets major overhaul in terms of design to make discovering apps and games easier for the users.

The camera app too is being enhanced so that they take up much less space while storing photos and videos with more efficient software features.

iOS 11 in the iPad Pro will support Instant Markup via the Apple Pencil.

  • Arturo Norris