Apple's last few iPhones sport NFC chips, but these are basically to enable the Apple Pay service.
A new Music app was also shown off, which lets users scroll through albums with the digital crown. Here is everything that you need to know about the new hardware and software that will be heading your way soon. I'm eager to see the many ways developers might do just that, in gaming, commerce and more.
The problem as we see it is Apple is trapped inside a near yearly refresh rate that makes it challenging to deliver breakthrough features each and every year.
Watch out, Venmo, PayPal and Square.
"The price tag is notably higher than both Amazon and Google's smart home offerings", he pointed out, "and while it will no doubt appeal to Apple fans, there is little to suggest - at least from the initial details - that this will directly compete against those Echo and Home devices".
Apple's App Store follows the design of Apple Music, and it's hard to miss the similarities between the two apps.
The company said its App Store has so far paid out $70 billion to developers, of which 30% was made previous year. The negotiations ended up with Amazon's app finally being available on the Apple TV platform.More news: Valve shuts down Steam Greenlight, replacing it next week
Apple's AR presentation, which featured a demo by Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson's Wingnut AR studio, has earned rave reviews. For those wondering what happens to passengers, there is a feature - and a chance for the driver to bypass the measure - to select "I'm Not Driving".
Do Not Disturb While Driving uses either a Bluetooth auto connection or the Doppler effect over Wi-Fi to know when the device is in a moving vehicle.
If you get a text while driving, the phone will automatically send a message to the person who text you saying you're driving and can't respond at the moment.
The proof will be in the pudding.
Apple, the maker of the ultra-profitable iPhone and its operating system, iOS, revealed the new version at the opening of its annual developer conference in the US. Siri will be able to perform translations in various languages including English, Chinese, French, German, Italian and Spanish. However, the keynote address didn't include a sneak peak of the new iPhone.
Siri will get more nuanced speaking voices and will be smarter too with "on-device learning". Control Center packs such tools now in a single view, which you can get to with an upward swipe gesture.
Back at TechCrunch Disrupt New York 2016, Mike George, Amazon's VP of Echo, pointed to music when asked about the device's most common use case.