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
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 at-home 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
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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 con-
trol your smart home devices. How good HomePod’s assis-
tant 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
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 10.5-
inch 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.
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