WWDC'17: Apple still knows how to pull genuine surprises

This feature will not block advertisements, but does enhance the privacy of an individual user.

In a nod to Amazon streaming fans, Apple is also bringing Amazon Prime to its Apple TV app.

If a passenger's phone disables notifications, they will be able to override the safety feature to allow messaging. It's a major update to Sierra, which Apple announced and rolled out a year ago.

Apple File System (APFS) on macOS is modern, 64-bit, and can be insanely fast. There are new watch faces.

In theory you should be able to buy a new SteamVR headset in the future as a standalone product and use your old base stations with it. So how do you get involved? There are new workout updates, like one that can tell when you're swimming and reach the end of the lane. The free upgrade will be available on all compatible devices in autumn. Apple is pushing through tonnes of device updates at this event.

The company said it made a decision to ideal the operating system powering its Mac machines, as it does every year. The update to macOS is called High Sierra - cue puns, Federighni - and will bring updates to nearly all aspects of the OS.

On the performance front, the new Safari browser is touted to be the fastest in the world, with 80 percent faster JavaScript performance when pit against Google's Chrome browser.

We don't have all the details yet, and we will update here if we learn more. "We're going to completely redesign it", said Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller said of the App Store. Safai will now block AutoPlay, so that users will not have to deal with videos automatically playing when they open a web page. Safari has also been equipped with "Intelligent tracking protection". - quite similar to the Mozilla Tracking Protection that we discussed about recently.

Many people won't even notice the change. It offers instant file and directory cloning. Speed, resilience against corruption, data security, and ease of search are all impacted by which file system you're using, and it's clear that HFS+ has overstayed its welcome.

Apple really wants to hold on to its professional users.

Metal, Apple's "API for high-performance graphics", is also getting an update, Federighi said. To bridge the gap, it's built a superpowered version of its all-in-one iMac that will be available in December. It can have up to 22 teraflops of graphics power. Although it pleased the crowd with HEVC, a new compression system, it wowed with news of virtual reality for the Mac.

  • Arturo Norris