Amazon Prime Video to come to Apple devices

Perhaps the most prominent of those updates is iOS 11, which will arrive on iPhone and iPad devices later this year, bringing with it some major design overhauls and new functionality for users of Apple's mobile devices.

Sales of iPads are hardly what keeps Apple afloat, but they're still iterating and clearly have some plans up their sleeves about how you might use a new mid-sized iPad Pro. This device is a smart speaker which is integrated with Apple's trademark artificial intelligence software, Siri.

Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed Monday at the company's Apple Worldwide Developers Conference event in San Jose that Apple TV, its TV-connected streaming platform, will open access to Amazon Prime Video later this year.

Other features include a room-sensing technology that will automatically adapt the sound to the size of its location.

Apple's Siri assistant will be integrated into the $349 speaker, and can make music recommendations that pair with the company's Apple Music service, send text messages, check news and sports scores and control compatible home gadgets like lightbulbs and thermostats.

The HomePod is arriving in December this year in white and "space grey".

The event started with Apple CEO welcoming the audience, praising the Apple developer community which already has 16 million registered developers and added three million past year.

Analysts say Apple has been slow to improve its Siri virtual assistant and launch a smart speaker, after Amazon launched its Echo in 2014. So we thought we'd make ourselves useful and tell you what you should pay attention to and what you could skip over to save time.

Another watch face will feature Woody, Jessie and Buzz from "Toy Story", joining Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

WatchOS 4 will also bring updates to the watch's fitness tracking, including a new user interface for the workout app and new integrations with gym equipment manufacturers.

Analysts said Apple is playing to its strength in the music industry by focusing on sound quality and its catalog of songs. Apple's announcement Monday had so much information that some compared it to a data dump.

Launching this December (let's hope), HomePod is, first and foremost, an incredible audio device.

Apple is introducing a 10.5-inch iPad Pro in an attempt to revive interest in its once hot-selling line of tablets.

The newly updated MacBook laptops are now available.

More WWDC news to come.

Siri now also has a male American voice, and is said to be more expressive due to a new visual interface. For now, Siri can only translate spoken English into five other languages, while Google's service can work with more than 100 languages, but it's a start.

Leading up to it, Apple says those outside app developers have earned more than $70 billion since Apple's app store launched in 2008.

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