Apple reinvents home music with HomePod

With HomePod , only after " Hey Siri " is recognized locally on the device will any information be sent to Apple servers, encrypted and sent using an anonymous Siri identifier. The smart speaker works by talking to an updated Siri that better understands music-related requests, Apple said during its Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose , California.

Apple's iOS 11 update ends support for iPhone 5 and 5C

The speaker unveiled Monday is similar to devices from rivals, some of which have been on the market for years. Just say " Hey Siri ", and Siri will help you out with whatever you need. The number of smart home devices you can control with HomeKit is far fewer than that you can control with Amazon's Echo - but if you want a smart home that works with Siri, HomePod and HomeKit are your only options.

Apple Pay takes on Venmo with personal money transfers

The integration will also be able to do things like recognize when someone says "you owe me $10" and automatically prompt you to send them a payment. Apple just announced that iOS 11 will support peer-to-peer payments through a new feature called Pay Cash, making it a direct competitor to similar services offered by Square Cash, PayPal, Venmo and even Facebook.

Apple Pay Is Coming For Venmo

With the card, users will be able to use the money received through the new money transfer service to make Apple Pay purchases online or at various physical stores that accept such payments, notes Recode . Apple is to challenge Venmo and bank-backed network Zelle by introducing peer-to-peer payments as part of a forthcoming update to its mobile operating system.

Hallelujah! iOS 11 has a secret 'dark mode'

The App Store now features specific tabs for updates of the current day, for games, apps and in-app purchases. Called " Do Not Disturb While Driving ", the feature will activate if a phone is connected to a vehicle through either Bluetooth or a cable, or potentially using speed detection to know if a user is in a auto when it is moving.

The eleven iOS 11 features to watch out for

Apple announced several tweaks for iOS 11 including an updated interface, a redesigned Control Center , an improved App Store, and more. Like those other products it is created to be a digital home assistant, capable of answering questions about maths as well as music-related enquiries - but it comes with some Apple quirks.