Apple will use its WWDC 2017 keynote to preview iOS 11, macOS 10.13, watchOS 4, and more
WWDC 2017 Keynote, Key Points
• Amazon is bringing a dedicated Prime Video app to the latest generation Apple TV
• watchOS will bring three new Apple-designed watch faces – Siri, Kaleidoscope and Toy Story
• Next version of macOS will be called macOS 10.13 High Sierra, which will support Virtual Reality headsets
• The next version of macOS will roll-out to everyone this fall
• Apple confirms 4K and 5K iMacs with 43 per cent brighter displays, faster SSDs up to 2TB, and Kaby Lake chipset
• iOS 11 brings person-to-person Apple Pay payments, so you can transfer money to friends from within iMessage
• iMessage has also been redesigned, with an overhaul to the app window
• Siri is also getting a major update – the voice has been tweaked to sound more natural than previous versions
• Apple has completely redesigned Control Centre in iOS 11, unifying the two panels into a single interface
• Live Photos have also been tweaked so you choose any frame from the video as a separate photo
• Apple has completely redesigned the App Store – with an almost unrecognisable new look, reminiscent of the redesigned Apple Music
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• Apple launches ARkit, a set of APIs for developers to bring augmented reality features to the iPhone
• The new iPad Pro ships with a 10.5inch display and redesigned, thinner bezels
• Apple has doubled the entry-level storage in the iPad Pro range, which all models now shipping with 64GB
• iOS 11 on iPad now supports a dense grid view to swipe between multiple app windows, as well as drag and drop
• Apple now lets users search handwritten notes, thanks to on-device machine learning
• Apple unveils Amazon Echo rival – the HomePod
• HomePod has 7 beam-forming tweeter array alongside a 4-inch upward-facing woofer
• It ships in the US, UK and Australia in December
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The iMac Pro is unveiled at WWDC
20.22pm update: Apple has unveiled its first brand new product since 2015 with the launch of its official Siri-powered smart speaker.
Dubbed HomePod, the internet connected speaker is a direct rival to Amazon Echo, with Siri set to take on Alexa in the voice-controlled smart assistant stakes.
However, despite having been officially unveiled, the Apple HomePod won’t go on sale for a number of months.
We have such a great portable music experience, but what about our homes?” said Apple CEO Tim Cook in demoing the device.
“Just like we did with portable music, we want to reinvent home music,” he teased.
Phil Schiller, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, added: “Just like iPod reinvented music on our pocket, HomePod is going to reinvent music in the home.”
HomePod is a direct rival to Amazon Echo and Sonos
So, what’s so special about Apple’s Echo and Google Home rival?
Well, the connected speaker, which lines up at just under 7-inches tall, prioritises sound quality alongside its smart credentials.
To this extent, it pairs a 7 beam-forming tweeter array alongside a 4-inch upward-facing woofer.
Paired with an A8 chip as its smarts-controlling brain, this is said to create a powerful, distortion-free sound that offers real-time acoustic modelling.
On top of this, the speaker will play host to spatial awareness skills that allow its to sense its location within a room and attune its audio output accordingly.
“HomePod has incredible speaker system that works together with our Apple Music subscription,” Phil Schiller said.
“It can get your music library direct from the cloud.”
More than just an impressive home speaker, HomePod is a smart assistant in its own right, with its Siri centre letting you make audio commands to perform tasks such as checking the weather, getting traffic alerts and set reminders.
“HomePod features a 6 microphone array so that when you talk to it and say those magic words “Hey, Siri’, you see a wave form light up on top and it’s ready to accept you command,” Schiller explained.
“Siri can interpret what you’re saying. You can even be sat across the room when loud music is playing.”
As well as offering instant translations and letting you use Messages with your voice, the speaker will work with a range of HomeKit-enabled smart home devices.
“If you have HomeKit devices set up, you can say simple things like turn the lights on, turn the temperature up, close the blinds half way,” said Schiller.
“Because there is a HomeKit base built into the HomePod, you can control your home anywhere in the world using your iPhone.”
20.11pm update: Alongside its brand-new iPad hardware, Apple took the wraps off a number of iOS 11 features specific to the iPad.
Apple appears to have doubled-down on productivity with its best-selling tablet range.
The Cupertino-based company has brought the Dock, which has long been a feature of its macOS desktop operating system, to iOS 11 on iPad.
The multi-tasking view has been completely overhauled with a version of the Spaces feature from macOS.
iPad owners can quickly swipe between different app windows, quickly access settings from the Control Centre which is now included in the multi-tasking view.
Apple has also added support for drag-and-drop between windows.
iPad users can drag photos, files, PDFs and more between Split Screen apps. Files can also be dragged from an app icon within the Dock.
iOS 11 includes a slew of iPad specific productivity features
19.48pm update: Alongside the updates to iMac, Apple unveiled a completely redesigned, next-generation iMac Pro architected for pro customers who need the highest-end, high-throughput system in a modular design, as well as a new high-end pro display.
Apple says the iMac Pro packs incredible performance for advanced graphics editing, virtual reality content creation and real-time 3D rendering
If you fancy owning one you will have a bit of a wait as the machine won’t go on sale until December 2017 with prices starting at a rather hefty.
Speaking about the new desktop John Ternus, Apple’s vice president of Hardware Engineering said: “We’re thrilled to give developers and customers a sneak peek at iMac Pro.
"This will be our fastest and most powerful Mac ever, which brings workstation-class computing to iMac for the first time,”
“We reengineered the whole system and designed an entirely new thermal architecture to pack extraordinary performance into the elegant, quiet iMac enclosure our customers love — iMac Pro is a huge step forward and there’s never been anything like it.”
Apple CEO Tim Cook said this was the biggest WWDC yet
19.36pm update: Apple has unveiled ARkit – a set of APIs for developers to bring augmented reality features to iOS.
The Cupertino company demoed live augmented reality features being rendered in real-time from an iPhone and iPad.
Apple says ARkit represents the largest augmented reality, AR, platform in the world.
Pokemon Go will be updated to support the new realistic ARkit-fuelled graphics later this year.
19.26pm update: Apple has completely redesigned the App Store – which has almost unrecognisable new look, reminiscent of the redesigned Apple Music.
There is a new Today tab that brings together editorial content about new software alongside sales, updates and in-app purchases.
App listings have been completely overhauled, with prominent bold headings for ratings and reviews have been tweaked.
Apple has completely overhauled the App Store, which shares a design with Apple Music
19.15pm update: Apple has previewed a number of new features coming to iPhones and iPads this autumn.
The next version of the mobile operating system – iOS 11 – brings person-to-person Apple Pay payments for the first time.
This means iPhone and iPad users can transfer money to friends from within the iMessage chat window.
iMessage has also been redesigned, with a complete overhaul to the app window, making it easier to swipe between functions.
Siri is also getting a major update – the voice has been tweaked to sound more natural than previous versions.
And unlike previous versions of iOS, whatever Siri learns about you through on-device machine learning is synced between iOS and macOS devices.
“Siri understands the context, your interests and how you use your device,” Federighi said.
“Ultimately this lets Siri understand what you’ll want next. In iOS 11, Siri uses on-device learning to learn more about you and your usage.”
With Siri understanding some 21 languages across 36 different countries, the digital assistant is also gaining basic translation skills.
Translating English to Chinese, French, Italian, Spanish and German, selecting phrases and clicking translate will see your highlighted text read out in that native tongue.
Elsewhere, new Apple Maps tools will make it easier to find your way around shopping centres and airports while CarPlay upgrades will stop you getting distracted while at the wheel by blocking inbound notifications.
This is being backed up with new Apple Music features that let you see what tracks and albums your friends are listening to.
Photos has also been updated to improve Memories, which automatically creates albums.
Live Photos have also been tweaked so you choose any frame from the video as a separate photo.
Apple has completely redesigned Control Centre, unifying the two panels into a single interface.
3D Touch also plays a larger role in the new Control Centre – pressing on individual controls summons an in-depth interface.
The Notifications shade has also been combined with the Lockscreen, so that it is the same dropdown.
macOS 10.13 is called High Sierra – and is designed to refine the innovations debuted last year
19.03pm update: Alongside macOS High Sierra, Apple announced a slew of new hardware.
The Cupertino company confirmed a number of performance boosts to its iMac line-up.
The iMac range will now run Intel’s latest seventh generation Kaby Lake processors.
Apple is also bringing what it calls “the best Mac display ever,” with 500 nits of brightness – some 43 per cent brighter than the previous generation.
The 21.5-inch model now can be configured up to 32GB of RAM, while the 27-inch goes up to 64GB.
That's about twice what had previously been offered.
The updated Apple iMacs also get two Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports – the first Apple desktop to embrace the new port.
It also revealed a high-end iMac Pro, which is set to be released this fall.
18.43pm update: With the latest version of macOS, Apple will support Virtual Reality.
Steam VR will be bringing its engine to the Apple Mac. Final Cut is also being updated to support spherical video editing.
Developers can download a beta today. Apple will make its public beta available to everyone later this month.
macOS 10.13 High Sierra will be available to everyone this autumn.
watchOS 4 brings a number of performance tweaks, as well as three new watch faces
18.36pm update: Apple CEO Tim Cook has brought Senior Vice President Craig Federighi to the stage to talk about the next version of macOS.
The next version of the desktop operating system will be called macOS 10.13 High Sierra.
Craig Federighi said the latest version of macOS would perfect its predecessor, macOS Sierra.
According to Apple, Safari is the fastest browser in the wold when it runs on the next version of macOS.
80 per cent faster than Google Chrome – the most popular browser in the world.
On the latest version of macOS, Safari includes autoplay blocking to stop videos blaring at you on webpages.
Split View is coming to Apple Mail when used in fullscreen, so you can have a compose window side-by-side with the inbox.
In macOS High Sierra, Photos has been given a major update. Faces and names are now synced across your devices.
Apple has previewed new versions of iOS, watchOS, tvOS and macOS
18.23pm update: Apple has then previewed some of the changes coming to the Apple Watch later this year with watchOS 4.
The Cupertino company is bringing a new Siri watch face that automatically surfaces the information that the machine learning thinks is relevant to you based on your location and the current time.
Siri will summon common HomeKit controls when it knows you're around smart devices.
It will also show you commute times, photographs that are relevant, and more.
Toy Story characters including Woody, Buzz and Jessie also get their own watch face on watchOS 4, Apple revealed.
18.19 update: Amazon is bringing its Prime Video on-demand streaming service to the latest generation Apple TV.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has promised "a lot" more news about Apple TV later this year.
World Wide Developers Conference will see new MacBook Pro, iPad Pro, and a Siri Speaker
Apple now has a total of 16 million registered developers, CEO Tim Cook confirmed
8.15pm update: Apple has launched its annual developer conference, WWDC, in San Jose, California today.
CEO Tim Cook took to the stage and kickstarted the conference by throwing out some numbers.
Apple now has a total of 16 million registered developers, Mr Cook confirmed.
In total, a staggering 5,300 attendees are in the audience at WWDC 2017.
Here's everything we expect to see from the US company –
The Cupertino-based technology company has previewed new versions of all of its software platforms, including iOS, macOS, tvOS and watchOS.
WWDC 2017 will kickstart at 10am in San Jose, California.
The keynote starts at 1pm in New York City, 6pm in London, 7pm in Paris, 1am June 6th in Beijing, and 3am June 6th Sydney.
Express.co.uk has a seat in the auditorium – and will be bringing you the latest announcements from the World Wide Developer Conference as it breaks.
As with previous years, Apple has made a live stream of the WWDC keynote presentation available to those who want to watch the keynote for themselves.
Full details of how to stream WWDC on your computer, iPhone, iPad and more, can be found here.