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Apple’s WWDC 2017: iOS11, macOS High Sierra, Siri, ARKit, HomePod

Apple announced major updates to iOS 11, macOS and Siri yesterday, including changes on how its voice based assistant Siri responds to commands, multi-tasking features on iOS and new connected home device launch (HomePod). These announcements was made during the Apple WWDC developer conference held yesterday. Software updates iOS 11 Most upgrades to iOS 11, Apple’s new mobile OS are meant for ramping up productivity and multitasking. For iPad users, there is a new Docking station on the bottom which allows users to switch between apps instantly. The dock also suggests apps while a user is working including the “ones you opened recently and the last one you were using on your iPhone or Mac”. Apple also borrowed a bit of multi-tasking from Windows10. On an iPad with iOS11, users can open a second app and slide it over each other to create a ‘Split View’ feel. Note that the Mac already has this. Some other hardware-based additions on iPad include instant notes and markup on feature (for all files including pdf) using Apple Pencil and a document scanning/editing utility. For iPhone users, the most important update is around payments. Apple now allows users to send money to other Apple users via iMessage. Users can request and send money using the native messaging app using credit and debit cards. Apple Pay allows users to load digital money to a wallet and pay in stores and other apps supported by Apple or transfer money to banks from within the app. The iMessage platform is…

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