The Best Unannounced Feature on iOS 11 Is Screen Recording

The HomePod announcement was more focused on music, where Apple is strong, and less on the use of digital assistance to look up information or send messages, where Apple seems to be behind, he noted. If you've got a "must-keep" idea that you need to note down in an instant, you can tap Apple Pencil on the iPad's lock screen to immediately open the Notes app to a blank page.

Apple kicked off its biggest event of the year on Monday. It will also offer a "lane guidance" to tell you which lane to change into when you are driving. "If Apple had not done this, its customers would embrace Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant".

The new iOS 11 will be available as a free update for supported iPhones and iPads in about September.

Apple is launching a smart home speaker called HomePod to compete with the Amazon Echo and Google Home devices, the company revealed at its annual worldwide developer conference.

And, like the other smart speakers, the HomePod can link up with smart devices in the home, such as connected light bulbs, so a user can control them with a spoken command, like switching them on or off.

In addition to adding numerous new tools to iOS (including person-to-person payments in iMessage), Apple also announced a much awaited feature: a one-handed keyboard mode on iPhone. Apple said iOS 11 is built to take the best advantage yet of its devices while offering consumers new computing experiences.

Later this year, the tech firm will roll out iOS 11, a new operating system for iPhone and iPad. It also introduced autoplay blocking, which stops music and video from playing automatically without your permission on websites as well as "intelligent tracking prevention", which stops ads from following you around the web. With iOS 11, Apple has put the controls you care about in one place. Year-over-year, the number of US consumers using voice-activated assistant devices is up 128.9%, according to eMarketer.

Popular third-party apps like Snapchat and Pokemon Go rely on it. Facebook and Google have invested heavily in platforms for it. Users can set up surround sound music with the speakers they already have.

Users will be able to set an automatic reply to contacts listed in as favourites to let them know they are driving and can not respond until they arrive at their destination.

While there may be lots of new apps, whether or not there will be a lot innovation remains to be seen. Besides the Today view, the App Store has separate tabs for apps and games.