Apple unveils iOS 11 at WWDC

This is Apple's long-awaited competitor to Amazon's popular Echo speaker. Like the Amazon Echo and Google Home, the HomePod will play music while also helping people to manage their lives and homes. Apple said that hundreds of millions of iPhones and iPads will be able to run apps created with ARkit platform.

Apple's Siri speaker, HomePod, is priced at $349.

Apple CEO Tim Cook kicked off the five-day WWDC with announcements of a a new operating system, a new iPad Pro and a the HomePod, a music speaker and home assistant. Using Business Chat, your customers can get answers to questions, resolve issues and complete transactions on their iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch.

It's a Siri powered smart speaker and home assistant that can "rock the house", according to Apple.

Apple has officially unveiled iOS 11, its latest update to the operating system for iPhone and iPad. There are seven tweeters inside, too, and 6 microphones that allow you to talk to the speaker. Additionally, Siri will be able to chime in by answering follow-up questions, and offer multiple results to queries.

The company also said it is injecting more artificial intelligence into its Apple Watch, updating software to automatically surface information for users.

The HomePod has room-sensing technology that allows the Siri speaker to learn where it is in the room.

There are also updates and user interface improvements for Apple Music, Apple News, AirPlay 2, Home, App Store, Control Centre and App Store for iMessage. Payments can be verified using TouchID, with the service being made available to all devices running iOS 11, as well as on the Apple Watch. Siri will also do English voice translations for a number of languages including Chinese, Spanish, German, French and Italian.

Apple also took the lid off a new, high-end version of the iMac - a 27-inch, darker gray iMac Pro, with up to 18 cores Intel Xeon processor and AMD Vega GPUs. And while no voice A.I. service is a true standout yet, Apple is considered a laggard behind Amazon's and Google's A.I. assistant efforts.

Apple's iPad Pro is now available in a brand new size.

First talking about what has already been announced, the Settings in iOS 11 do not feature Social accounts and the third-party apps no longer have access to signed-in accounts, as pointed out by venture capitalist Sean Cook, and something that Axios also confirmed.

  • Zachary Reyes