Apple WWDC to tout new features for iPhone, iPad

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USA TODAY's Jefferson Graham gives a sneak peek at what to look for at Apple's 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference as the iPhone turns 10 years old, LOS ANGELES -- In case you haven't heard, this year marks the 10th anniversary of the iPhone. Life hasn't been the same since, right? If you agree, and even if your wallet doesn't, Apple will give you peek at what the next version of iPhone (sometimes dubbed iPhone 8, X or even 10) will look like Monday. That's the start of its Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, Calif., when the folks who make apps descend into MacLand to find out how to adapt the new features into their apps. Developers usually get to download a beta version of the new iOS during WWDC, so expect to hear a lot about the new additions.



Apple's pricey HomePod sounds great but exacts some tradeoffs

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HomePod may be a latecomer on the smart loudspeaker scene but Apple's entry onto the dance floor is about to liven up the party. At least for well-heeled Apple diehards who share my passion for all kinds of music. If you fit that description and are willing to fork over $349 plus embrace the subscription-only Apple Music streaming service, HomePod is well worth the wait, an outcome I reached after testing the speaker for just shy of a week. Apple makes no bones that HomePod is a music-first speaker, and it sounds terrific, all the more notable given how small it is. Vocals were pure, bass deep.


Siri gets another shot at getting it right

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Consumers are still mixed about Siri, but according to an exclusive new poll for USA TODAY, they like her more than other personal assistants. LOS ANGELES -- "Siri, will you finally catch up to Amazon and Google this year? We'd like to believe she might say, "Yes...Jefferson. I'll have more accurate, chattier responses, and good news -- I'll be able to understand you much better, too." Apple, which introduced the world to voice-activated computing in 2011 with the release of Siri, is feeling the heat.