The Coolest Stuff Apple Announced Today At WWDC 2017


Apple introduces home pod with Siri function, during Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose.

Analysts and investors are watching the conference this year for signs of what the company's next blockbuster product might be a decade after the introduction of its iPhone.

Among the new features of iOS 11 is the ability to make person-to-person payments through Apple's messaging app, thanks to new integration with the Apple Pay system. Augmented reality combines digital images with real world photography, similar to Pokemon GO. That points to a device with much slimmer bezels and possibly an all new design.Siri SpeakerThe success of standalone devices with virtual assistants built-in such as the Amazon Alexa and Google Home has piqued Apple's interest and Apple is widely expected to announce a competitor in the form of the Siri Speaker.

You wake it up by saying "Hey, Siri".

Ahead of 2017's running of the event, which kicks off with Tim Cook's keynote on Monday, Apple has been eager to show developers just how important they are to the company and vice-versa. Apple's navigation app is also getting an upgrade and will now be able to display floorplan-level maps within malls and airports for detailed navigation assistance. With the Homepod, Apple promises a newer and more efficient software for the speaker, as well as its other new products revealed at the conference.

Apple is hoping a new smart home speaker will strike a chord with music lovers - the latest test of the iPhone maker's ability to redefine markets originally staked out by its rivals. Apple is widely expected to announce new MacBooks with Intel's "Kaby Lake" 7th generation Core processors.

Apple today announced iOS 11, the latest version of its mobile operating system. "We listened. Amazon Prime Video is coming to the TV App and all Apple TVs this year".

Besides AI, Apple is also investing into augmented reality with a new SDK built around AR called ARKit. Apple, however, has stated that unlike Amazon, their new Siri speaker will be targeted at the premium segment. One of the most noticeable changes that people will experience is in the default web browser, Safari.

Apple says Amazon will be making an app for its video service for the Apple TV device this year, filling one of the major gaps on Apple's streaming TV device.

Apple will soon introduce a new iPhone feature that will do away with the annoying and risky urge to look at a text message while you're driving. It includes new features for watchfaces, such as complications updating based on time of day or location and a new Siri-based watchface.

Other new watchfaces include a kaleidoscope and new characters such as Woody, Jesse, and Buzz from the Toy Story movie franchise.

However, if you're using a Windows 10 PC, the door has been left ajar in recent years, and you can now also view Apple's WWDC live stream from Microsoft's Edge browser.

The new iPad Pro costs $649 and will begin shipping next week.