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Apple this morning unveiled new versions of its MacOS and iOS operating systems as part of an array of announcements at its Worldwide Developer Conference.
The next iteration of the company’s mobile operating system, iOS 11, includes the ability to send and receive money from person-to-person via Apple Pay, rivaling features from third-party services such as Venmo, PayPal and Square Cash.
Updates to Siri will help Apple’s virtual assistant better understand the context for user questions. The company says Siri will use on-device learning to accomplish this, returning better results that are synchronized across devices but also encrypted.
Apple showed new imaging and camera features and said that it will offer a new Depth API to developers to help them incorporate the technology into third-party apps.
The update will also include a new “Do Not Disturb” feature that senses when someone is driving and automatically turns off the phone.
Apple also showed a new app for iPad on iOS 11 called Files, giving users the ability to share files among different apps and services, similar to how they would on a computer.
The new version of MacOS, dubbed High Sierra, includes faster browsing and new privacy features in Safari, better synchronization of pictures in the Photos app, improved storage optimization in the MacOS Mail app, and the use of the Apple File System as the MacOS default.
Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering, made the first of what will no doubt be many jokes about the name of the new MacOS. Apple’s naming experts assured execs that the name is “fully baked,” he said.
In developer news, the company announced new technologies for developers to incorporate augmented reality and machine learning into their apps. The AR technology, ARKit, was demonstrated by Federighi by showing how a virtual light cast a dynamic shadow from a cup of coffee on a table in the iPhone.
In addition, the company announced virtual reality support for the Mac via Valve’s Steam VR, and said Unity and Unreal will also bring their engines for VR to Mac. Mac OS High Sierra will be available this fall, according to the company.
In hardware news, the company showed a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro, confirming rumors that it would introduce a new version in between the existing 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch versions of the high-end Apple tablet.
An upgraded Apple Pencil was also announced, and Tom Warren of The Verge says it beats Microsoft’s competing Surface Pro, just slightly, on one key spec.
Surface Pen latency: 21 ms
Apple Pen latency: 20ms
Apple beats Surface Pen now
— Tom Warren (@tomwarren) June 5, 2017
Apple also announced hardware upgrades to its MacBook and iMacs, along with a new iMac Pro, in space gray, with an up to an 18-Core Intel Xeon processor and AMD’s Radeon Vega graphics. Apple calls it the most powerful Mac it has made.
Earlier in the event, Apple showed a series of updates to Apple Watch and the upcoming WatchOS 4, including a new Siri watch face that changes throughout the day to show data including weather, traffic, movie times and calendar events.
Apple Watch will also be able to conduct real-time glucose monitoring via Dexcom.
The company also announced plans to launch two-way data exchanges with gym equipment.
Opening the event, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that Amazon Prime Video will be coming to Apple TV, in the latest example of simultaneous competition and cooperation in the industry.