Apple to Launch Peer-to-Peer Payment Service

Apple to Launch Peer-to-Peer Payment Service

Apple is also bringing the ability to pay back a friend or other individual through its payment service, Apple Pay. Deleting your messages on one device will delete them everywhere else. It includes new features for watchfaces, such as a new Siri-based watchface.

The HomePod will use its internal microphones to pick up voice commands and uses the same processor chip as the iPhone to pump out "spatially aware" sound, Apple said. All you have to do is open up your iMessage and either pay someone within the app, or just let someone know what they owe you!

All iPhones and iPads running iOS 11 will also get the refreshed Photos app, with machine learning to identify events, memories and more.

Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled the latest operating system for Mac computers. If the speculation pans out, the speaker would be Apple's first new product since its smartwatch in 2015. Siri will also of course be baked into the speaker, letting users get quick help by saying, "Hey Siri".

While Apple may hope that people buy into the idea of HomePod serving a different, more musical objective than its Amazon and Google rivals, people really like using their speakers for services beyond listening to music.

Amazon's $179.99 Echo device offers tight integration with Amazon services like shopping and audiobooks, in addition to integrations with services such as Nest, Uber, Fitbit, Domino's and Pandora.

HomePod will be initially available in the US, UK and Australia this December.

Adding on to last year's major refinements, there are now several new watch faces.

Music management is also improved for watchOS 4; the watch will automatically import Apple Music playlists and can support multiple playlists.

"We're enabling - for the first time - two-way data exchange in real-time with gym equipment". It's described as an "intelligent, proactive" assistant. The Toy Story characters have playful new animations. Apple will also have new tools for organizing photos and creating sharable videos. In fact, many third-party apps are cited as possibly crashing, including DirecTV, Kindle, MobileIron Mobile@Work, Facebook Messenger (when Facebook isn't installed), Amazon Video (playback controls might not work), Pinterest, Tencent Video, and Skype. Coaching notifications give you updates about how to close your rings (For example, it may tell you you only need to take a 10 minute walk to close your rings).