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WWDC: Everything Apple has in store for user and developer

Every year, the big technology and product giant, Apple use its WWDC (Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WDDC)) to announce the company’s latest updates on software, hardware, and design. The company rolled out cutting edge technology that could well prove to be our first step into the next generation of Apple products.

What’s New this year?

The first major update came with Siri, with Peer-to-Peer payments not allowed through iMessage and the likes. This feature is available for iPhones with iOS 11 and watchOS 4. When users get paid, they receive the money in their new Apple Pay Cash account, which is like Apple’s own mobile wallet. The money received can be sent to someone else, used to make purchases using Apple Pay in stores and apps, or transferred to their bank account. Apple also announced that Amazon Prime video will be available on Apple TV this year, but has not announced the exact date. It is a surprising announcement since Apple TV is a competitor to Amazon’s Fire TV and Fire Stick. It is also surprising because of the fact that Amazon had stopped selling Apple TV on their retail site in 2015. On the hardware front, Apple has announced a new iMac Pro which they claim is the most powerful Mac they have ever made. The iMac Pro will be launched in December 2017 at a base price of $4,999. Refinements have been brought to Safari, Photos and Apple Mail. In Safari, Apple has introduced an advanced tracking prevention. This way, your browsing history remains private. It also has been bestowed the capability to block videos that play automatically when one visits such websites.

macOS high sierra

The MacOS desktop operating system didn't get a major update, as you can tell from the name, just some refinements. The latest updates:
  • Safari: It "helps give you a serene browsing experience." It is faster, more responsive, a little more intuitive, and also helps block autoplay.
  • Mail: Split view for the compose window, smaller storage footprint.
  • Photos: New organization and editing tools, filter by keywords and file types, better face recognition, synchronization across devices. The editing tools can now synchronize with other editing tools. And there are new photo book partnerships.
  • The file system: This has needed an update for a long time, and now the much more modern APFS is the default.

Taking it one step further

Apple has finally introduced a file manager in iOS and they are calling it Files. Users can also add their cloud accounts to this, including OneDrive, Dropbox and Google Drive. Android has had this feature since the time of its launch. iOS11 has also introduced a convenient drag and drop functionality to iPhones and iPads. iOS 11 also introduced ARKit, a new framework that brings augmented reality to iOS devices by allowing developers to easily build VR experiences. By blending digital objects and information with the environment around us, augmented reality takes apps beyond the screen, allowing them to interact with the real world in new ways. Games and apps can now offer immersive experiences that are out of this world, yet virtually within it. The iPhone now has camera improvements with Live Photos, Loops, Bounce and Long Exposure. Apple has introduced new professional quality filters for photos and next-generation compression technology which lets users take new photos with the same quality as before at half the file size. Now, Siri can translate and also be a personal DJ by playing the music of your choice. Apple has also introduced a new Do Not Disturb while driving mode so that users are not distracted by iPhone notifications while driving.

HomeKit & HomePod

Interestingly, Apple positioned its new home speaker as a musical experience rather than just the rumored a smart home hub, ostensibly to "reinvent home music." You can't get it until later in 2017, though. Dubbed the HomePod, it has better audio specs than other hub speakers -- pretty good audio specs in general for its size -- and an A8 chip for processing (the same chip that's in the iPhone). It uses a wide-array mic that supposedly can hear you over the music, and naturally, integrates with Apple Music and can control HomeKit devices. It will ship in December for $350. But this isn’t all, with Apple also getting into the domain of business, with the latest in the macOS high Sierra, Apple payments, and the new iOS developers’ kit it becomes imperative for all business owners to start looking at options to build iPhone application that compatible with the latest environment. This is really imperative for company stay updated with all the latest in the world of technology.
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