WatchOS 4 High­lights

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iPad-Only Fea­tures

Ap­ple put a lot of at­ten­tion on im­prov­ing iPad users' file man­age­ment ex­pe­ri­ence with iOS 11, some­thing that's long been a source of pain. For one, there's a much big­ger dock that houses pre­dic­tive Siri as well as app icons, and you can sum­mon the dock on any screen. There's a new app called Files, which al­lows you to or­ga­nize and lo­cate files across all your de­vices. More than just an iCloud man­ager, Files in­cludes third-party (think Drop­box), lo­cal, and cross-plat­form stor­age. All your files are now sorted in one easy-to-ac­cess app. You can also drag and drop files, pho­tos, and other doc­u­ments from one place to the next. For in­stance, you can drag pho­tos from the Pho­tos app to an email you're com­pos­ing. And if you're a fan of the Notes app, then we have some good news: Notes now al­lows you to scan and sign im­por­tant doc­u­ments re­motely—no need for a printer or snail mail! Notes writ­ten with your Ap­ple Pen­cil are even search­able in the Notes app.

HomePod: Ap­ple’s Spa­cially Aware Smart Speaker

Ap­ple's HomePod smart speaker—which will com­pete di­rectly with the Ama­zon Echo and Google Home—was one of the big­gest an­nounce­ments of the day at WWDC.

Ap­ple de­cided to cre­ate a home speaker with ex­cel­lent sound qual­ity and com­bine that with the func­tion­al­ity of an ath­ome vir­tual as­sis­tant. What it came up with is this com­pact seven-inch speaker that costs $349. What Ap­ple says sets the HomePod apart is that it de­liv­ers high-qual­ity sound and is spa­tially aware, mean­ing it will adapt its sound out­put to match any lo­ca­tion in any size room.

Us­ing the speaker's built-in Siri ca­pa­bil­i­ties, the HomePod also has a “Mu­si­col­o­gist” fea­ture that uses your Ap­ple Mu­sic ac­count to stream mu­sic you ask Siri to play. The speaker comes with seven tweet­ers, of­fer­ing tremen­dous di­rec­tional con­trol, and it runs on an Ap­ple A8 chip for greater sound qual­ity (the same chip found in the iPhone 6). When you say “Hey Siri,” you can make a va­ri­ety of re­quests, in­clud­ing ask- ing the speaker to set re­minders, check the weather, and con­trol your smart home de­vices. How good HomePod's as­sis­tant fea­tures are will de­pend on how much Ap­ple con­tin­ues to fo­cus on im­prov­ing Siri's ac­cu­racy and scope of ca­pa­bil­i­ties. With a new prod­uct that cen­ters around Siri, we can hope that ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence im­prove­ments are core to Ap­ple's fu­ture plans.

10.5-Inch iPad Pro Takes On Your Lap­top

The new iPad Pro fea­tur­ing iOS 11 is set to give MacBooks a run for their money. With en­hanced file man­age­ment, a 10.5-inch screen, a full-sized on-screen and at­tach­able key­board, in­creased speed, and 10-hour bat­tery life, the new iPad Pro ap­pears ready to take on your MacBook's work­load.

When Ap­ple failed to an­nounce a 2017 spring event, we an­tic­i­pated big news at WWDC 17. Even so, we were pleas­antly sur­prised by the num­ber and scope of the im­prove­ments an­nounced for the new iPad Pro, es­pe­cially when paired with iOS 11's file man­age­ment up­dates for iPad. Although the 10.5inch iPad Pro be­gan ship­ping in June, the of­fi­cial ver­sion of iOS 11 won't be ready un­til the fall. In the mean­time, there's plenty to love about the new-and-im­proved hard­ware of the 10.5-inch iPad Pro.

The one-pound iPad Pro fea­tures a new dis­play that's much brighter and more re­spon­sive than pre­vi­ous mod­els. It will also be sig­nif­i­cantly faster thanks to its six-core A10X fu­sion pro­ces­sor—which Ap­ple said is 500 times faster than the first iPad. The new iPad Pro will also have a 10-hour bat­tery life, an im­proved cam­era, and new smart cov­ers with built-in stor­age for the Ap­ple Pen­cil. The 10.5-inch iPad Pro starts at $649.

This up­date is a game-changer for Ap­ple Watch users, es­pe­cially if you use it for work­ing out. Here's a list of some of the up­dates Ap­ple fea­tured:

Watch Faces

WatchOS 4 of­fers a new Siri watch face, fea­tur­ing rel­e­vant info based on time and lo­ca­tion, such as Wal­let ac­cess, sun­set times, and photo mem­o­ries. There's also a Kalei­do­scope face, which lets you turn your own pho­tos into mo­saics, and new Toy Story faces sport­ing an­i­mated Dis­ney char­ac­ters such as Woody, Jesse, and Buzz.

Work­out & Ac­tiv­ity

We were ex­cited to hear about the new work­out fea­tures of watchOS 4. The watch's new OS now pro­vides the abil­ity to in­clude your swim­ming work­outs, track high-in­ten­sity in­ter­val train­ing, record mul­ti­ple work­outs in the same ses­sion, and ex­change data with work­out equip­ment in the gym us­ing NFC tech­nol­ogy. That means your equip­ment and watch can fi­nally be on the same page.

The Ac­tiv­ity app will also of­fer per­son­al­ized no­ti­fi­ca­tions to help you reach your fit­ness goals, such as monthly chal­lenges and achieve­ment progress en­cour­age­ments in the form of sparkly fire­works an­i­ma­tions.

Mu­sic

You can sync mul­ti­ple playlists to the Ap­ple Watch and lis­ten to them, with auto mu­sic based on what the watch thinks you'll like.

tvOS 11

Ap­ple saved the vast ma­jor­ity of its tvOS 11 fea­tures for its fall re­lease. The one huge thing Ap­ple wanted to let us know? Ama­zon Prime Video is fi­nally com­ing to Ap­ple TV! You'll be able to watch your Prime Video sub­scrip­tion via the TV app or on your Ap­ple TV. This is news we've been wait­ing for.

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