Siri, speakers and software: Highlights from the Apple show

The iOS 11 beta 1 is a huge update and it brings tons of changes to Apple's fleet of iOS-powered iPhones and iPads.

Apple says these are available to order this week and will start shipping next week, with accessories including the Apple Pencil (which doesn't seem to have changed), and cases and sleeves for both the iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil.

This new suite of functionalities provides an opportunity for government agencies with iOS apps to explore additional ways to increase the effectiveness of how services are delivered on mobile.

"Apple is smart to frame the HomePod as a music-centric and audio-centric device rather than just another smart speaker or another home for Siri", said Jackdaw Research analyst Jan Dawson.

Today, at WWDC, Apple unveiled its long-awaited "Siri speaker" which it named the HomePod.

CEO Tim Cook had hinted numerous times something like ARKit would be the route Apple would take into AR.

An internet-connected speaker called HomePod is coming in December for about $350. Amazon has heavily dominated the field with its home speaker called Echo, which uses the digital assistant Alexa.

The Echo, released in 2015, and Google Home, released past year, were the first entrants in a promising market. Similar to Google Assistant, which debuted in last October, the algorithms will determine context and offer suggestions depending on circumstances and time of day.

The HomePod is Apple's first new gadget in almost three years, following its announcement of the Apple Watch in September 2014.

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Still, the Apple Watch hasn't been a smash hit, fueling worries that the company's ability to transfix customers had waned after the 2011 death of co-founder Steve Jobs. Whether you're a Windows, Apple, or Android fan, "more power!" or "better efficiency!" tends to be the name of the game every year. The "Files" app will now give iPad users drag-and-drop support between and within apps, access to a file system browser, and a way to set up spaces with multiple app windows. Microsoft also has announced its own speaker with Samsung's Harman business; it will use Microsoft's Cortana digital assistant.

Apple says it's giving more emphasis to sound quality, not just smarts.

Apple had plenty of other announcements.

The most notable feature on this new iMac Pro is an 8-core Xeon processor that ships with the base version that can also be updated to a 10- or even 18-core Xeon processor.

The 2017 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC 2017) provided a lot of different bits and bobs that Apple fans could really get into. It will not actually block ads, though.

It will also launch a new iMac Pro, an all-in-one computer that Apple promises will have all the power of workstation.

tvOS and watchOS are getting some updates too. tvOS will finally be getting Amazon Prime Video on Apple TV, which will be a big source of content that has been missing. watchOS got a few more additions as well, but nothing that is too drastic.

The new iOS for iPads will include new features including a Launch Dock to make it easier to move between apps, drag and drop features, and the new Files app, a new iOS 11 app created to make it easier to organize the files on your devices.

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