Apple to showcase new features for its gadgets

Francis Harris
June 6, 2017

Siri will also be able to translate English to Chinese, French, German, Italian and Spanish in iOS11. If you are a developer or have your device UDID registered by a developer, then downloading and installing the iOS 11 beta 1 to test is now an option.

Apple is integrating this peer-to-peer payments service with Apple Pay, which is what will make it a killer feature and eventually overtake Venmo and Square Cash payments.

Phil Schiller, senior vice president of worldwide marketing at Apple Inc., introduced a redesigned App Store, which gives more in-depth information on each app.

If someone does text you while you're driving, the phone can respond with an automatic message telling them you're driving and can't respond just now.

Apple also used its annual developer meeting in San Jose, California - its largest ever with some 5,000 people attending - to offer hints about so-called augmented reality technology.

After someone sends you money, the balance lives on an Apple Pay virtual card stored in your Wallet app.

Apple has applied deep learning to Siri's voice, which Federighi said lets it sound more natural.

Lock screen notifications also get an upgrade.

Building on last year's Siri update, which added support for third-party apps, Apple's digital assistant will work with a much wider selection of apps starting with iOS 11. This addition will enable iOS to support multi-room audio, an important move as smart speakers continue to rise in popularity.

Apple now has 27 million Apple Music subscribers, and they'll all now have access to music history for friends who have configured their playback to be public.

The Apple TV users can download the Apple Events app from the App Store to stream Apple WWDC event 2017 live. There are also "how to" cards to teach users about how to use an app (i.e. tips for using VSCO).

On iPad, there's an expanded dock that's reminiscent of the one on macOS, improved split-view multitasking, drag-and-drop support, and a new app switcher that shows thumbnails in a grid (instead of giant cards). As usual, there are a bevy of features lined up for the new OS, along with a few clues as to what's next on the device front.

A new Files app provides an oft-requested file manager on the iPad.

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