Apple to showcase new features for its gadgets

The redesigned App Store is packed with original stories and editorial, updated daily in a new Today tab, as well as new Games. Apple has also finally brought iCloud integration for Messages which will now sync your messages across your Apple devices. Additionally, Apple also introduced some compelling enhancements to Siri and the built-in camera app.

You might want to keep an eye on payment apps when iOS11 and Apple Pay's new features drop this fall; they're unlikely to be very happy with the news. Users can send money, via a debit card, to a friend's Apple Pay cash card. They can then transfer those funds to their personal bank accounts. The first, Siri Face, uses machine learning to provide the wearer with useful information, like pulling up passes from the wallet app for events, offering traffic reports for a daily commute, or showing photos from the same date the previous year.

Apple appears poised to unveil a voice-activated, internet-connected speaker that would create a new digital pipeline into people's homes.

Soon after the announcement Amazon tweeted, "You asked (a lot)".

Control Center has a new look: Instead of swiping back and forth to access your music and other features, all of the controls are now on one screen. One particular aspect being hotly debated is the introduction of the "dark mode" feature which will convert the display to black thereby obscuring the pixels in the display and help in prolonging battery life.

At this point, it seems more likely we'll see a MacBook powered by iOS, rather than MacOS getting multitouch support.

Of course, being a part of Apple's walled garden has its drawbacks too - you only need to look at how Siri works on iPhones to see that. While Spotify focuses its own algorithmic music discovery playlists like Discover Weekly, Apple is trying to convert former MP3 buyers into a new generation of streamers by focusing on simplicity and adaptability.

For the MacBook Pro also, design changes are not expected.

iOS 11 also brings the biggest makeover yet for the App Store. With AirPlay 2, anyone on your Wi-Fi can join and add to party playlists without disrupting the jams.

Apple Music is getting more social. At WWDC, Apple showcased a handful of new features for the virtual assistant. The ARKit provides fast and stable motion tracking, ambient light estimation and so on which is made possible by using the sensors in the iPhone and iPad devices.

Additionally, Apple played up virtual reality with both its Mac hardware and software, announcing it is updating its line of iMac desktop computers with new chips from Intel Corp. that increase processing speeds and improve graphics. Software updates are also expected for Apple's smartwatch and TV box for streaming online video.

Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of software engineering, speaks during an announcement of new products at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, Calif., Monday, June 5, 2017. Likewise, Prime Instant Video is available as a standalone service for $9 per month.

App switching, although looking complicated for the novice user, should make a huge difference for power users, and that, combined with a number of other features coming to the iOS, will only look to make things even better when it comes out later in the year.

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