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IOS 11: Big updates for Siri, iMessage, Apple Pay, Files app, more

06 June 2017

Apple previewed the next version of watchOS 4, its operating system for the Apple Watch. Developers will get a new set of APIs (application programming interface) to be able to integrate these in their apps. He said that iOS 10 had almost 96% satisfaction with 86% iPhone users installing the update as compared to only 7% Android users who installed Android Nougat - the latest version of Google's operating system.

The free iOS upgrade will be available in the fall.

The Siri watchface uses machine learning to determine what information is most useful to you at a given point in time.

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Users will able to send and receive payments inside iMessage using the credit and debit cards. This year's conference follows the end of the iPhone's 13 consecutive years of growing sales.

Siri is also getting a translation beta and a new male voice. This new option will feature at-a-glance view of the total space available on your device along with some of the added recommendations of how you can improve the storage space of your device, like auto deleting old conversations or clearing large Messages attachments and storing Messages in iCloud.

Apple also unveiled new Macs, addressing complaints that Apple has let its Mac lineup languish in favor of its better-selling products, namely the iPhone. With the new update, you can also save a particular moment from a Live Photo and there are new Loop and Bounce effects for it as well.

Apple Inc on Monday introduced the HomePod, a voice-controlled speaker that can make music suggestions and adjust home temperatures, taking aim at Inc's Alexa feature and Echo devices.

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Analysts said Apple is playing to its strength in the music industry by focusing on sound quality and its catalog of songs. In other words, older messages can not be transferred from iCloud to a newly-added device, and Apple can not decrypt anyone's messages because it does not have the uniquely generated keys to do so - even under federal law. Instead of three separate pages you swipe through, the Control Centre packs everything onto one page in iOS 11. Also, the display has got a maximum brightness of 600 nit and there is the wide P3 color gamut.

iOS 11 also comes with native support for augmented reality and developers can employ the new ARkit for tapping into the built-in computer vision technologies for building virtual content on top of real-world scenes for interactive gaming, immersive shopping experiences, industrial design and more. It will include a "do not disturb while driving" feature that will be a safety benefit to all road users and not just cyclists.

HomePod is a seven-inch-tall speaker that has Apple's digital assistant built in. The update also enables multi-room audio controls from a single device, just as a home theater receiver's "Zone 2" mode would provide. It also works more accurately with the Apple Pencil, offering an industry-leading 20 milliseconds. Now it will be much annoying to log into third party Apps using social media accounts.

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Other features not mentioned during the keynote include a redesigned lockscreen with bolder font, a one-handed keyboard mode, Type to Siri, bolder text, and the ability to "Offload Unused Apps" after a specified amount of time.