Apple Announces Smart Speaker, Device Upgrades, and iOS 11

What To Expect At Apple’s Big Event Monday	 	 	 			Getty Images

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If the speculation pans out, the speaker would be Apple's first new product since its smartwatch in 2015.

At some point we're all tempted to glance at our phones behind the wheel, but Apple's latest software update could help us curb the habit. By saying "hey Siri" users will be able to select songs, control volume and ask questions about the tracks and artists playing, such as "who is the drummer in this band?"

This feature enabled users to enter their account credentials for these services in the Settings app and then use those credentials to log into other third-party apps and services.

The HomePod is designed with privacy in mind, said Phil Schiller, Apple's head of worldwide marketing.

Apple may be ready to catch up to Amazon's Echo and Google's Home speaker.

HomePod will be available for $349 (US) in white and space grey starting in December initially in Australia, the United Kingdom and the US.

The workout app is also getting an update, with features that give users more automatic measurements and track multiple workouts in a single session. And a big part of that play has been an attempt to really hit Apple where it hurts - creative pros.

Apple isn't likely to acknowledge as much, but the company is finally seeing a legitimate competitor to its grip on the creative field.

Next up in tech is Apple's new version of macOS is called High Sierra which is launched with new Safari browser. But the company relented, and Apple's larger phones have become hot commodities as more people have embraced having a bigger display to look at pictures and watch video on the devices.

Among the new features of iOS 11 is the ability to make person-to-person payments through Apple's messaging app, thanks to new integration with the Apple Pay system.

Apple Pay: The company also introduced a person-to-person payment feature to Apple Pay.

The new iPad runs on iOS 10 and powered by A10 X Fusion chip with 64-bit architecture. If a user erases a message on your iPhone or iPad, that will be reflected on the Mac as well.

The Cupertino company has added detailed mall and airport floor plans to the Maps app. If you're not driving, just tap undo.

"It's all about keeping your eyes on the road", Federighi said.

Apple has updated its iPad Pro line, upping the basic screen size of the higher-end tablet to 10.5 inches, rather than the 9.7-inch screen that has been the basic iPad's screen size since it was introduced. The device will also be available in 256GB and 512GB storage options. There is a new Today view with featured app content.

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