Soon, iPhones will block texts while driving

Soon, iPhones will block texts while driving

NEW YORK-Curious about the iPhone 8?

The new iPad gets Apple's usual array of cases and smart keyboards.

But Tim Cook & Co. revealed plenty about the software that will be at the new iPhone's core when it arrives, likely in the fall.

Today following Apple's opening keynote presentation at WWDC 2017 we got some hands-on time with the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro and a demo of Apple's new ARKit platform running on iOS 11.

A specific release date for iOS 11 has not yet been announced. CNET reported that iOS beta is available for developers Monday. Apple said just like the iPod reinvented music in our pockets, it wants to do the same for music in our homes. One thing we know: augmented reality nearly always makes for a cool demo, even in its simplest form as when an Apple executive made a faux steaming cup of coffee appear on an otherwise barren tabletop. Jumping into P2P payments is a pretty clear shot at Facebook, as well as PayPal and its subsidiary Venmo.

And as this chart from Statista shows, those developers have good reason to head down to San Jose this year - Apple's app business is still lucrative, and it continues to grow. Apple still has some explaining to do when it comes to the finer details.

The OS is getting VR support, says Craig Federighi, including support for Unity, Unreal and Metal for VR. The app's navigation functionality will also display speed limits and offer lane guidance.

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In the meantime, the lawsuit alleges, Apple has allowed an epidemic of distracted driving on U.S. roads.

The technology firm has introduced a new feature called Do Not Disturb While Driving, which silences notifications and turns off the iPhone screen when it detects you are driving. If it's an emergency, you can force a text through to the user by writing "urgent" in response to the autoreply message.

iOS 11 is bringing quite a few updates, including machine learning and translation capabilities for Siri, several updates to iMessage, improvements to the Camera and Photos apps and much more. But worldwide travelers will likely appreciate the fact that Siri will be able to translate English words and phrases into Chinese, French, German and Spanish. Another Safari feature will stop video from automatically playing on websites.

For photos, Apple is turning to a "high efficiency" format to replace the widely used JPEG standard.

Bereznak: I always welcome updates to the control center, otherwise known as that set of frosted rectangular boxes that appear when you swipe up on your iPhone.

Apple News is even better at keeping readers informed and entertained with personalized top stories and suggestions from Siri, great stories curated daily by Apple News editors in the new Spotlight tab and the best videos of the day in Today View.

A different reality: Apple is trying to make augmented reality a reality with new tools for iPhones and iPads. Drag-and-drop features integrated with the Files app and other iPad apps will allow files and images to be dragged between split apps, and even into spaces in the new multitasking multiple-app view. In the US you used to be able to find them on billboards, business cards - you name it. There's also now a lower-latency Apple pencil so that it feels more like natural writing.

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