IOS 11 Will let You Text Siri Instead Of Speaking To It

Apple's first major new product for two years, the HomePod speaker, marks the biggest effort yet from the technology company to use its Siri digital assistant to keep customers wedded to a growing palette of products and services.

Apple also had a series of hardware reveals.

Apple removed the 3.5mm headphone plug, left, from the iPhone 7.

The iPhone 5 is still popular in New Zealand and if you've paid several hundred dollars for your phone you expect it to last several years.

Apple's Senior Vice President of Software Engineering Craig Federighi announced the new feature as part of its Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose.

With the Alexa App, Amazon's Echo speakers allow you to communicate, google search, play music, etc. with the speaker robot. The iPhone 5c was released in 2013 and was only discontinued in 2015. To start with, the Siri integration makes it smarter.

The new iOS comes with a redesigned App Store and control center, a new "Do Not Disturb While Driving" feature that blocks notifications for drivers, and a slew of features for Photos, including snapshot stills from videos and the ability to convert videos into GIF-worthy loops.

Unlike its competitors, HomePod's singular objective is to deliver a really good music listening experience. Tim Cook still has a few months to correct all that is wrong with Apple.

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The speaker will sell for about $350 in December in the USA, United Kingdom and Australia.

HomePod costs significantly more than Amazon Echo. Users will also be available to control smart home products such as connected lighting by speaking to Siri through the HomePod.

Contrast that with Apple's foray into AR, which also got a dedicated demo during the WWDC keynote.

Apple isn't the only tech company that practices this strategy.

While there may be lots of new apps, whether or not there will be a lot innovation remains to be seen. (Many reviewers have suggested that the current incarnation of Apple's assistant already trails competitors in key respects.) "This is the start of the AI wars", he said. We urge others to look at how they too can help to minimise driver distraction. The MacBooks are likewise getting an upgrade to Kaby Lake, and will also get new SSDs that are 50 percent faster than the previous generation, the company said. A new iMac Pro, the most powerful Mac ever, sports a almost $5,000 price tag. Additionally, the company announced a peer-to-peer payments system, looking to take on the likes of Venmo.

Apple also introduced a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro and previewed the upcoming iOS 11 today at the annual developers' event.

James Levinson is an Editorial intern at Law Street Media and a native of the greater New York City Region.