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New smart speaker expected as Apple kicks off conference

Apple unveils 'the most powerful Mac we have ever made&apos Apple unveiled the iMac Pro with a 5K display on Monday which it says is the most powerful Mac
Lucas Bell | 06 June, 2017, 06:45

The less broadcasted headline of the event is that Apple is increasingly thinking of Siri as more of a general AI that extends through iOS rather than simply a voice assistant. By turning it up to 11, of course, starting with a redesigned app drawer. iMessage syncs conversations across devices better than ever in iOS 11, and yes, Apple Pay supports peer-to-peer money transfers, just like Android Pay.

When it comes to Apple Pay, you can now send money to other Apple Pay users - think Venmo or Square Cash.

This evening, Apple's CEO Tim Cook and fellow executives will take to a stage at San Jose's McEnery Convention Center to reveal the biggest announcements of the week-long conference.

More than 35 million people in the USA are expected to use a voice-activated speaker at least once a month this year, more than doubling from last year, according the research firm eMarketer.

Apple's voice assistant is getting a more clear, human voice in both female and male intonations alongside some new skills in iOS 11 that will improve its general performance. You can now ask for translations using Siri - Chinese, French, German, Italian and English get translation first. It will automatically send a text message to people who text you to let them know you'll text them back later.

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There was no immediate Qatari reaction to the announcements, but it has denied supporting terrorism or Iran in the past. It wasn't immediately clear how that would affect Qatar Airways , one of the region's major long-haul carriers.

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For developers, iOS 11 also brings in a wider development kit for integrating Siri deeper in third-party apps. Apple, by contrast, has been stubborn about letting outsiders tap the power of Siri, and the company has fallen behind as a result. Apple says the update will mean better low-light photos thanks to image stabilization, flash and HDR.

Live Photos: They now loop, like a GIF, or Instagram's Boomerang.

At the bottom of the App Store, you'll find five tabs: Today, Games, Apps, Updates and Search. With iOS 11, the company is adding new smart albums, including a #TBT album. Apple doesn't want you to swap as much.

A new Apple ad showed what the world could look like without apps, triggered after a hapless Apple employee unplugged something in a server room. For instance, you can adjust the brightness and pause the music on the same page. CoreML gives developers on-device machine learning capabilities so they can easily make apps that will predict, learn and become more intelligent. The new mobile OS uses an updated Maps app and uses Wifi and Bluetooth connectivity to formulate a Doppler effect to work out when an iPhone users is driving and prompt a "Do not disturb while driving" option to prevent drivers from being distracted by undesired notifications on their iPhone when behind the wheel.

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