Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Apple announces new homepod speaker and iPad Pro 12.9" and 10.5" models .

via - Apple/newsroom
Apart from Apple's iMac ,iMac Pro and MacBook refresh announcements , there were tw other significant product launches today . The new homepod and the new iPad Pro duo bring about significant change to Apple's device ecosystem which is slowly shifting away from its previous standards including the 9.7" screen standard .

iOS 11
























Apple's latest mobile operating system has made its debut at WWDC 2017 . The new software - iOS 11 ,features more on refinement of the operating system rather than bringing an overall change . The new OS , set to be available on iOS devices excluding the iPhone 5 and 5C (available on 5S and above) ,iPod touch 5th gen ,(iPod touch 6 is supported) , iPad 4 (available on iPad Air and above) and iPad mini 1st gen (available on iPad mini 2 and above) .The new OS is also said to bring an end to 32bit App support which means that at least 180k-200k apps will no longer work on iOS 11 devices .
Although the new OS brings new layout features for the control centre , the biggest highlights are focused towards Apple pay and camera features. The redesigned messaging app now features business chat options ,sharing options for music and gift cards and message sync to multiple connected iOS devices . There is also peer to peer mobile cash payments including gifting and sending money for payments via Apple pay and a credit or debit card.The camera now features looping features (gif style) with trim options for live photos  , long exposure and bounce .

Siri is also now able to process realtime translations of foreign languages including Chinese ,German ,French , Italian and Spanish with more to follow soon.

Apple is also said to be including the new HEIF (high efficiency image file format) which reduces file size of images without image quality loss during compression



Additional iOS 11 Features:


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App Store is redesigned to make discovering apps and games easier than ever before. Through in-depth features and interviews, App Store editors will uncover the stories behind iOS developers, and the incredible apps and games they create.
*App Store for iMessage has a redesigned app drawer for more convenient access to apps and stickers, so it’s easier to decorate messages, share a song and more.
*Control Center offers more customization, enabling quick access to frequently used controls all on one page, and a new Lock Screen delivers a more convenient way to see Notifications all in one place.
*Apple Maps adds indoor maps for major airports and shopping centers around the world and lane guidance to avoid missing a turn or exit.
*Home supports more categories of accessories including AirPlay 2 speakers and more ways to automate your home with new triggers.
*AirPlay 2 offers multi-room audio enabling users to easily control speakers using Control Center, the Home app or Siri.
*Apple Music offers more ways to discover music with friends. Subscribers can create a profile so their friends can follow them, listen to playlists they’ve shared and see the music they listen to most.
*Apple News is even better at keeping readers informed and entertained with personalized top stories and suggestions from Siri, great stories curated daily by Apple News editors in the new *Spotlight tab and the best videos of the day in Today View.
*One-handed keyboard mode on iPhone makes typing on the go even easier and a new *QuickType keyboard on iPad delivers quick access to numbers, symbols and punctuation.


iOS 11 for Developers

At the Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple demonstrated the power of bringing new AR experiences to iPhone and iPad and introduced additional tools to help millions of talented developers around the world bring new features and experiences to over one billion active Apple devices.

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Core ML makes it easy for developers to create smarter apps with powerful machine learning that predict, learn and become more intelligent. Designed for iOS, this new framework for machine learning lets all processing happen locally on-device, using Apple’s custom silicon and tight integration of hardware and software to deliver powerful performance while maintaining user privacy.
*HomeKit is even more accessible, with easier ways for developers and hobbyists to get started and new ways to authenticate devices using software — a great way for existing accessories to support HomeKit.
*SiriKit gives developers the ability to integrate Siri into their apps, and with iOS 11 it expands to support more categories, including to-do lists, notes and reminders; banking for account transfers and balances; and apps that display QR codes.
*MusicKit allows developers to integrate Apple Music features into their apps, providing access to over 40 million songs, recommendations, featured content and recent search.





Apple  HomePod



This is basically Apple's answer to Google Home and Amazon's Alexa domestic smart speakers . Although the concept of connected assistants controlling home electronics and other services is not new to Apple , this however is the first time "Siri" is being sent off in a purpose built device , rather than a part of a device's os features . The homepod has the ability to stream music , handle messaging and phone functionality and get updates and searches powered by Siri.



Audio Innovation and Advanced Technologies

At just under 7 inches tall, HomePod represents years of hardware and software innovation:

*Apple-designed upward-facing woofer, paired with the custom A8 chip, enables bass management through real-time software modeling that ensures the speaker delivers the deepest and cleanest bass possible, with low distortion;

*Custom array of seven beam-forming tweeters, each with its own amplifier, provides well-balanced smooth timbre as well as precise directional control of a multitude of beam shapes and sizes;

*Apple-designed A8 chip provides the brains behind the advanced audio innovations;

*Automatic room-sensing technology allows HomePod to quickly learn its position in a room, whether it’s in a corner, on a table or in a bookshelf, and within seconds, is perfectly optimized to deliver an immersive music listening experience wherever it is placed;

*Six-microphone array with advanced echo cancellation enables Siri to understand people whether they are near the device or standing across the room, even while loud music is playing;

*Siri waveform appears on the top to indicate when Siri is engaged, and integrated touch controls also allow easy navigation;

*Automatic detection and balance of two speakers using both direct and reflected audio to deliver amazing audio wirelessly for an even more immersive experience.

*Easy setup that is as intuitive as setting up AirPods — simply hold an iPhone next to HomePod and it’s ready to start playing music in seconds



Apple iPad Pro 10.5" and 12.9" tablets .

Apple's new Pro line of tablets are now said to bring even more mobile productivity to the table thanks to iOS 11 and a larger screen size for the base model .Listed below are the new iOS 11 features which will arrive on both iPad's .

*A new customizable Dock that provides quick access to frequently used apps and documents from any screen;

*Improved multitasking, including a redesigned app switcher that brings Spaces to iOS, making it easier to move between apps or pairs of active apps, used in Split View and now Slide Over;

*The new Files app that keeps everything in one place, whether files are stored locally, in iCloud Drive or across other providers like Box, Dropbox and more;

*Multi-Touch Drag and Drop, which is available across the system to move text, photos and files from one app to another, anywhere on the screen;

*A new document scanner in Notes, which lets users easily scan single or multi-page documents, removes shadows and uses powerful image filters to enhance readability;

*Deeper integration with Apple Pencil, with support for inline drawing to write along text in Notes and Mail, Instant Markup to easily sign documents, annotate PDFs or draw on screenshots, and a new Instant Notes feature, which opens Notes from the Lock Screen by simply tapping Apple Pencil on the display. New searchable handwriting makes it easy to search for handwritten text or characters.

iPad Pro 10.5  Specs

*10.5-inch 2224x1668 IPS LCD ,P3 compliant
*Apple A10X Fusion , hexa core , 3 high performance cores + 3 low operational cores
*4GB RAM ,64/256/512GB storage options
*optional LTE , Apple pencil supported ,GPS/GLONASS
*12 MP, f/1.8,OIS ,quad tone LED flash ,4K video recording
*7mp front flash ,f2/2 ,1080p recording
*30.4Wh battery . 469 g Wi-Fi model / 477 g LTE model
*pricing
Wi-Fi:
$649 (64GB)
$749 (256GB)
$949 (512GB)

Wi-Fi + LTE:
$779 (64GB)
$879 (256GB)
$1079 (512GB)

iPad Pro 12.9  Specs

*12.9-inch 2732x2048 IPS LCD ,P3 compliant
*Apple A10X Fusion , hexa core , 3 high performance cores + 3 low operational cores
*4GB RAM ,64/256/512GB storage options
*optional LTE , Apple pencil supported ,GPS/GLONASS
*12 MP, f/1.8,OIS ,quad tone LED flash ,4K video recording
*7mp front flash ,f2/2 ,1080p recording
*41Wh battery . 677 g Wi-Fi model 692 g LTE model.
*pricing
Wi-Fi:
$799 (64GB)
$899 (256GB)
$1099 (512GB)

Wi-Fi + LTE:
$929 (64GB)
$1029 (256GB)
$1229 (512GB)


The 10.5-inch iPad Pro comes in silver, space gray, gold and rose gold and starts at $649 (US) for the 64GB with Wi-Fi model and $779 (US) for the 64GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro is available in silver, space gray and gold and starts at $799 (US) for the 64GB Wi-Fi model and $929 (US) for the 64GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model.

Apple Pencil is available for $99 (US). The Smart Keyboard is available in charcoal gray for $159 (US) for the 10.5-inch iPad Pro and $169 (US) for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro with layouts for over 30 languages, including simplified Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish.

A new Leather Sleeve is available for both the 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro in a range of colors for $129 (US) and $149 (US), respectively. A new Apple Pencil Case is available in a range of colors for $29 (US). iPad Pro Smart Covers are available in polyurethane and leather in a variety of colors for $49 (US) and $69 (US) for the 10.5-inch iPad Pro and for $59 (US) and $79 (US) for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro at apple.com and Apple Stores.

sources - Apple ,newsroom/ios11 ,anandtech

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