Apple held its annual WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) yesterday in San Jose, California. Though the iPhone 8 didn’t make an appearance, the event and the subsequent announcements of new hardware and software blew up on Facebook and Twitter. This year’s WWDC introduced developers and consumers to Apple’s take on the smart speaker and virtual/augmented reality. Overall, the event had somewhat of a “catch-up” vibe as most of Apple’s cutting-edge announcements were carbon copies of announcements made by Google, Samsung, and Amazon. Still, Apple’s high-quality and beautifully crafted hardware and software are hard to beat and this year’s WWDC only confirmed this.
Among the various hardware and software unveilings and reveals was iOS 11. iOS 11, Apple’s mobile operating system will be available to consumers later this year and follows the popular iOS 10 update. There’s a lot to love, however, some feature like always, are completely useless. Additionally, Apple unveiled it’s new iPad Pro lineup, new Apple Watches, and a $5,000 iMac Pro. Here are a few highlights worth noting.
iOS 11 Unpacked
- What is it: Apple’s newest successor to their mobile operating system. iOS 11 will replace iOS 10. iOS 10 received overwhelmingly popular feedback from consumers.
- When will it be released: According to Apple, “this fall.”
iOS 11 is slated to bring a variety of new features to Apple’s mobile platforms. One major update will come to Siri, Apple’s virtual assistant. The voice assistant will receive a new voice and be able to do more than with previous versions of the program. Additionally, new professional features will be added to the camera application. Augmented reality (AR) functionality will also be added. To top off the update, a new app store will be available.