Apple Inc. introduced Monday a music speaker, its first new hardware since Apple Watch was rolled out two years ago, at an annual gathering of software developers.

The new peer-to-peer aspect of Apple Pay might entice more people to use the service, which would help Apple compete more with PayPal's Venmo, a leader in peer-to-peer payments in the US.

While it is pointless speculating hours before an Apple event, what we can rest assured is that there will be updates announced for all software platforms from Apple - iOS, macOS, tvOS and watchOS. Apple apparently has refreshed MacBook Pro models in store, a brand new iPad Pro with a larger display packed into a case that's the same size as the 9.7-inch model, and even a new Siri Speaker that marks the company's first brand new iOS product of 2017. These devices will only keep the most recent messages in local storage.

watchOS 4 gets new Siri-powered watch face. The MacBook Air is getting a faster chip.

Tim Cook said the software has been "turned up to 11" with a range of cool new features. Find out how to download and install Apple's latest mobile and watch operating system beta on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod or Apple Watch. Apple also showed a sneak peek into a new all-in-one desktop called the iMac Pro. However, we don't expect this to mean stock apps will be moveable, just those from third-party developers.

Amazon makes little or no profit selling the high-end US$179 Echo, which mostly serves as a foothold in consumers' homes and a way to get them to sign up for Amazon Prime and buy more products. The Lock Screen and Notification Center are merged together (but why?!), and finally, Maps includes... indoor navigation? Changes include a tab with the day's newest apps.

There's major speculation (and hope) that Apple will reveal new products at their 2017 keynote, but nothing will be confirmed until the event itself.

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Until Monday, Apple kept to itself about its intentions for augmented reality and virtual reality for that matter. Apple mistakenly published a placeholder for a files app on its App Store.

Apple is preparing to update all three of its lines of laptops with new processors, Bloomberg reported last month.

Apple has announced the new version of iOS, expected for release in September.

Amazon and Apple declined to comment on how their differences have affected customers.

Yes, you read the above correctly, it's widely expected that iOS 11 will not support 32-bit apps.

The technology, a feature of the wildly successfully smartphone game Pokemon Go, overlays digital information on real-world images and is seen as an area in which the keenly awaited 10th-anniversary iPhone can stand out from competitors. The next iOS may also have new features designed for artificial intelligence, the application of computers that learn and understand things like humans.


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