New smart speaker expected as Apple kicks off conference

MacBook Air finally gets its upgrade, but it's minor

MacBook Air finally gets its upgrade, but it's minor

Priced at $349 (USD), it's decidedly more expensive than competing home assistant devices from Amazon and Google, but it's clear that Apple is touting HomePod's sound quality as a big selling point, so it could provide some serious competition to devices like the ones from Sonos. Additionally, the users seemingly confirmed reports that the iPhone 8's production has been delayed, and when asked which of the three leaked images below was closest to the handset, they said the middle one was most accurate. The device, a black column with an always-listening microphone, is powered by a Siri-like assistant named Alexa.

It also enhanced its workout app to, for instance, support high intensity interval training.

The most interesting of all is the ProMotion, yes iPad now supports refresh rates of up to 120hz. Further, test units with the Touch ID sensor included at the back too weren't seen, which casts a doubt about its existence. However, the version will miss out on some of the features like wireless charging and will have an aluminum body.

The A10X Fusion chip will offer 40% faster graphics performance, according to Apple, that's also 500x faster than the original iPad. The size is also something that will complement the size of an external keyboard. The device will likely work based on movements that would serve as inputs.

Users will be able to take advantage of do not disturb notifications. "[Motion] could be used for apps like Tinder, nod for yes, shake for no", they said.

While Apple is known for its splashy events, this year's confab for developers is especially noteworthy because of the iPhone's 10th anniversary.

Seeded Angelique Kerber knocked out of French Open
Angelique Kerber became the first women's top seed in the Open era to lose in the opening round of the French Open on Sunday. Their match was suspended because of darkness on Tuesday with the 12th-seeded Frenchman trailing 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (6), 5-4.

Apple appears poised to unveil a voice-activated, internet-connected speaker that would create a new digital pipeline into people's homes.

Look for more augmented reality in the next version of IOS.

Debuting a smart speaker competitor to Amazon.com's Echo and the Google Home at WWDC would be a logical step, since it would give developers the tools to build apps for the device before its release later in the year. The WWDC would be an ideal time to do it.

Some of the key announcements expected to be made this year's WWDC is the showcasing of the iOS 11, which could include an updated user interface and a "dark mode".

Apple's other PCs are all getting speed and performance updates. iMacs are getting across-the-board speed improvements and more storage. The Reddit user claimed that he saw the device at the EVT (engineering validation test) stage in January. It will become more widely available in 2018.

Apple's entry into the market may finally commercialize AR into a consumer-friendly package, one that takes it from the side-lines and thrusts it into the limelight.

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