Apple's HomePod speaker pumps up the volume on tech rivals

Posted June 08, 2017

HomePod is also devised for voice control with an arrangement of six microphones, so that users can converse with it from different nooks and corners of the room, despite the fact that loud music is playing in the background.

Blau suspected Apple only gave a glimpse at its vision for HomePod, noting its potential to be a command center for smart houses and to mesh with iPhones, iPads, online services and more.

The price of this speaker is much more than the Amazon Echos and Google Homes. With HomePod, only after "Hey Siri" is recognised locally on the device will any information be sent to Apple servers, encrypted and sent using an anonymous Siri identifier. This is the same chip you'll find in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and it has one crucial feature: it can recognise its key wake words, "Hey Siri", so no data is transmitted to the cloud until the device hears them.

Apple senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi said the next Mac operating system will be named "High Sierra" in tribute to the California mountain range.

It's Apple's annual developer conference, WWDC, where they've historically announced some of their biggest products updates, before shuttling attendees to surprise shows like an advanced screening of Finding Nemo (in 2003), or a Jimmy Eat World concert (2004, obviously).

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HomePod is compatible with iPhone 5S and will come in two colours - white and space grey. Cook has always been bullish about the prospects for augmented reality, and Apple is working on smart glasses, people familiar with the plans have said. Earlier, back in 2014, Apple launched its smart watch.

Perhaps the most prominent of those updates is iOS 11, which will arrive on iPhone and iPad devices later this year, bringing with it some major design overhauls and new functionality for users of Apple's mobile devices.

Apple's new iMacs are getting brighter displays and graphics capabilities, which Apple says makes the Mac a great platform for developing virtual-reality experiences.

The new 10.5-inch model reduces the borders by almost 40 percent to fit into an incredibly compact package that still weighs just one pound.

But O'Donnell also expressed skepticism on Apple's ability to dominate this new segment.

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New photo editing tools, as well as filtering tools based on machine learning which can sort images by keywords and faces, will refresh the Photos app in High Sierra too. If you're into tablets, Apple has something for you. But it's a lot cheaper than the iPhone, which starts at $649 and is now the main way people access Siri.

Apple Pay: It's expanding to include peer-to-peer payments.

Cook unveiled a series of software updates for all Apple's products and three new products.

Apple said that it is the fastest browser ever with features like autoplay blocking, intelligent tracking prevention that uses machine learning to block irritating content. Coming to the market a little late in the game, only time will tell.

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