Is your iPhone or iPad ready for AR?

Apple executive Craig Federighi made the announcement Monday at the company's annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, California.

Debuting a smart speaker competitor to Amazon.com Inc.'s Echo and the Google Home at WWDC would be a logical step, since it would give developers the tools to build apps for the device before its release later in the year.

Apple described iOS 11 as "the biggest software releases ever for iPad, with powerful multitasking features". The two iPad Pro models are the first mobile devices to get more than a 60hz rate, but I fully expect the rest of the world to follow suit now.

The iOS 11 update is coming in the fall and there is an iOS 11 beta available today that you can install on a spare device to try out the new iOS 11 features early.

The HomePod now only supports Apple Music. But Sonos doesn't have a digital assistant, and HomePod's Siri will serve as virtual butler, DJ and musicologist by skipping and suggesting songs, as well as performing basic web searches, looking up the weather forecasts and setting alarms.

Amazon dominated smart home related products and services shipments in the three months through December, selling 88 percent of the 4.2 million smart speakers sold globally.

Artificial intelligence didn't take center stage at Apple's WWDC, as some had predicted it would.

For instance, if a contact sends you arequest for money, Siri will immediately surface the new Apple Pay feature in your messages which allows you to make person-to-person payments, a challenge to PayPal's similar Venmo system. Unlike the previous iPad Pro offerings, these are sleeves for your tablet, so if you're more of a sleeve kind of user and prefer this style of protection, then this could be for you. Apple also announced a new macOS dubbed "High Sierra" that should please Mac users on both the professional and consumer side.

The new iPad Pro also comes with a better camera - the same one found in the iPhone 7 - along with more storage, a better display and faster refreshing of moving images.

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