Tuesday, 12 December, 2017

Apple Announces Smart Speaker, Device Upgrades, and iOS 11

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It announced the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro, TvOS, WatchOS 4, MacBook & iMac, MacOS 10, HomePod, iMac Pro, and iOS 11, and it was just impossible to include all the details of the new products and its software in its keynote presentation.

A fortunately for privacy conscious users, a new feature, spotted in the iOS 11 developer preview, appears to give users the ability to control location access for all apps (including Uber, which previously gathered users' location data even after a ride had ended and they were no longer using the app). But several important features were not mentioned in the keynote presentation, which means many people who were following the event could not get a clear picture of the OS and what it offers.

The iOS 11 update isn't just about display or speed; many design aspects of the iPhone and iPad will be overhauled.

Siri can help you learn to say something in Chinese, French, Italian, German or Spanish with a simple translation. Apart from tweaking Siri's voice to sound a bit more natural, it has also added a male voice.

However, iPhone owners will still be able to use navigation apps, like Apple Maps and Google Maps as well as Apple CarPlay.

"It's all about keeping your eyes on the road", Federighi said.

Want your child to stop texting while driving?

Redditors who have already installed the developer beta are reporting that Apple has purportedly included full playback support for FLAC audio files in iOS 11. Users can also re-crop and markup a screenshot directly instead of going to the camera to do so.

iOS 11 will see the traditional Siri mic icon replaced by a waveform ball of swirling light effects captured with a compact circle. It's not cheap, but its starting price is less than the 2015 version's cost, and if you've been finding your system chugging or could make real use of full graphics power, the 2017 4K iMac is a justifiable expense.

Moreover, Apple's iOS 11 Control Center has been the talking point which now lets you customize shortcuts. Thus, the feature saves you from receiving multiple yet same notifications that I find irritating at times.

Apple announced this week that it will soon add a new feature called "Do Not Disturb While Driving", which will be part of its new iOS 11, according to CNN Money.

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