San Jose, Jun 5 (AP) Apple nodded to several up-and- coming technology trends, unveiling new device features touching on virtual reality, online privacy and a form of artificial intelligence called machine learning. Also Read - In a First, Facebook, Google, Amazon, Apple CEOs to Testify Before US Congress Today
New iMacs unveiled today at Apple’s annual conference for software programmers are getting better displays and graphics capabilities. Apple said that makes the Mac a great platform for development virtual-reality experiences. Also Read - Make in India: Apple Manufactures iPhone 11s in The Country, ‘Assembled in India' Units Reach Retail Stores
But Apple is late to the game on VR. Samsung and Google already have VR systems centered on their smartphones. Also Read - Apple Ventures 'Make in India' With Highest-Selling iPhone 11s in Retail Stores
Facebook, HTC and Sony have high-end VR systems, too.
Virtual reality has been described as the next big thing for decades. But so far, interest has been strongest among gamers, developers and hardware makers rather than everyday users.
Apple’s entry into the market could change this. Its entry into digital-music sales streaming with iTunes, or the smartphone market with the iPhone, upended those industries and took them to the masses.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled the latest operating system for Mac computers. Called High Sierra, it recognizes more faces automatically, which should make it easier to organize photos, and will offer more photo editing tools.
Safari, Apple’s web browser, seeks to make users’ online experience smoother and less annoying. It will allow users to automatically block auto-play videos by detecting videos that shouldn’t be playing when you open a webpage to read an article, for example.
The browser’s new “intelligent tracking prevention,” meanwhile, will use machine learning to identify and block digital-ad trackers in order to keep advertisers from following and profiling users. It will not block the ads themselves, though. (AP)
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