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Siri, speakers and software: Highlights from the Apple show

08 June 2017

Apple also touched on other Siri features in the speaker, although these were mentioned in a secondary manner - the company is clearly focusing on the music capabilities.

In many ways, Apple kicked off the mass-market digital personal assistant trend in 2011 with the release of Siri for the iPhone, then considered novel for its abilities to respond to commands to make phone calls, check the weather, or set up an appointment (though its ability to understand queries was sometimes comically bad).

New iMacs unveiled Monday at Apple's annual conference for software programmers are getting better displays and graphics capabilities.

It is official: Amazon Prime is coming to Apple TV later this year.

It feels even odder to write this: Highly profitable Apple should try to become a little more like profit-challenged Amazon in the financial strategy behind its hardware business.

For regular folks who don't need a computer that can handle artificial intelligence research, the iMac, MacBook and MacBook Pro have all been brought up to date with new Intel Kaby Lake processors. So far there is no word on global pricing, and no indication of what the most powerful iteration of the device - with 18-core Xeon processors, a Radeon Pro Vega GPU with 16GB of VRAM and a 4TB SSD hard drive - will cost. Another Safari feature will stop video from automatically playing on websites.

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The organizers of the tournament are blaming the disqualification-not on Hernandez's haircut-but on a typo the registrar made. Wambach says on social media that she's "won championships" with her own short haircut and wants to meet the girl.

New hardware: Apple is introducing a 10.5-inch iPad Pro in an attempt to revive interest in its once hot-selling line of tablets. More powerful 21.5-inch models with 4K screens start at $1899, and 27-inch models with 5K screens start at $2699.

The browser's new "intelligent tracking prevention", meanwhile, will use machine learning to identify and block digital-ad trackers in order to keep advertisers from following and profiling users. That size offers room for a full-size keyboard, something the 9.7 inch model couldn't.

For photos, Apple is replacing JPEGs with a new format meant to reduce file sizes. The iMac Pro starts at $4,999, and ships in December. Although the format is not exclusive to Apple, it's not yet clear how well the photos will work with non-Apple software and devices, which mostly use JPEG.

While the iPhone was largely absent from the announcements at WWDC, Apple did give a sneak peek into the future of the device with the unveiling of a new version of iOS, which also powers its iPads.

With consumers less interested in buying new tablets, Apple has increased its focus on designing tablets for professionals to do much of the same work that they usually perform on a laptop computer. Before, Apple Pay transactions could be done only with businesses and institutions.

A Do Not Disturb While Driving mode, which delivers a different user interface when iPhone users are driving. It most likely is now generating a bit lower gross margins on iPhones as smartphone component prices and competition heat up, but it has made up the difference from higher margin software products such as commissions from apps and subscriptions to Apple Music.