Apple WWDC 2017: 5 Key Takeaways and What They Mean for Government

I wasn't expecting Apple to come out of the gate with support for Amazon or Spotify music streaming, but I certainly was hopeful, especially after the company announced, in the same presentation, support for Amazon Video on Apple TV.

The display itself is sharper, too.

"Together with iOS 11, these new iPad Pro models will radically change what users can do with iPad". This, apparently, won't impact the battery life which stands at ten hours, because it dynamically adjusts the refresh rate depending on what you're doing, switching automatically from 24hz, 48hz or 120hz.

Apple doesn't really talk about the Surface, but was pretty clear from yesterday's WWDC keynote that Microsoft's line is beginning to have a direct impact on the company.

Likewise, the displays on the new MacBook Pros aren't any different, but still serve up a gorgeous picture. Unfortunately, this new entry-level unit comes with only 128GB of storage, half the amount data capacity found in the lowest priced 2016 model.

Analysts said the smart home speaker market is ripe for Apple.

Apple's mobile operating system for iPhone and iPad is called iOS, and iOS 11 is the next major update to iOS. The focus is on productivity, with a redesigned dock that works more like the macOS dock. Ideally, it is something that you should naturally avoid, but such are the times we live in that we need an app to tell us this.

Apple's new tablets have always been expected but no one knew it would be this good.

This highly expected move adds to the growing number of technology companies that are jumping into the peer-to-peer payment space.

A file manager is another feature that feels well overdue. If you have an Apple developer account, simply visit this link on your iPhone or iPad and you'll be able to install Apple's new beta configuration profile. The device will also be available in 256GB and 512GB storage options.

This has become a trend for Apple as it shows off some of the features coming with its forthcoming iOS update. Tapping on your lock screen with the Pencil will automatically create and save a note, which is flawless for jotting something down quickly. You can comfortably shoot off an email using the full-size keyboard, pop off the detachable keyboard to sketch out an idea with Apple Pencil, or just sit back and watch a show or get lost in an e-book without distractions.

Following a huge anticipation, Apple iOS 11 has finally been announced. Siri can also handle advanced searches within the music library, so users can ask questions like "Hey Siri, who's the drummer in this?" or create a shared Up Next queue with everyone in the home. We know Siri is getting some more elegant voices, but we'll have to see if how it makes the leap into this new body before rendering a final verdict.

Apple also updated its Maps app with lane guidance so drivers are alerted which lane they should be in for things like exiting motorways.

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