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

Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook said on Monday that Amazon Prime Video would be available on Apple TV and other Apple devices starting later this year. File

Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of software engineering, speaks during an announcement of new products at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, Calif., Monday, June 5, 2017. Once money is transferred, it will be transferred to an Apple Pay cash card that can be sent to friends, family, or deposited directly into the bank.

Siri intelligence- It will operate with on the device learning and will suggest topics, and respond to it users.

And Apple Watch is bringing Siri front and center. This is due to the fact that the description of the app on the App Store simply read: Files App for iOS.

As for HomePod, Apple says that while the speaker's always listening, nothing will be sent to Apple's servers until you say, "Hey, Siri".

In many ways, HomePod will be able to do the same things as an Amazon Echo or Google Home, including playing back podcasts, setting reminders, checking sports scores, translation and controlling internet-connected devices.

Apple is trying to make augmented reality a reality with new tools for iPhones and iPads. Apple's entrance into augmented reality on iPhone could jump-start the industry that's mostly been a playground for games. A demo of a steaming coffee cup next to a lamp on a table drew hoots and hollers from the developer audience, although the first vestiges of the technology are likely to emerge in gaming environments.

Analysts said the smart home speaker market is ripe for Apple.


The HomePod is creating the most buzz among a series of announcements that included a new iPad IOS, a larger IPad Pro and a new lineup of MacBook Pros and iMacs with higher speed processors.

With iOS 11, the company's voice assistant Siri has also received a slightly updated design with more natural sounding male and female voices, all thanks to some new deep learning techniques.

HomePod, shipping in December, also aims to increase subscribers to Apple Music. The key exists locally on the device, which stores the messages in an unencrypted format until they are transmitted.

HomePod uses the company's A8 chip, which Apple also uses for its mobile devices.

Siri on iOS 11 also gets a new visual interface that is more pleasing to the eye. Although that product came out after other smartwatches hit the market, it quickly outshone competitors, according to industry research firms. Apple said iOS 11 is built to take the best advantage yet of its devices while offering consumers new computing experiences.

Along with these, there were smaller updates like introduction of person-to-person Apple Pay transfers, drag-and-drop multitasking on iPad, a do-not-disturb while driving mode, and Amazon Prime video on the Apple TV. Stock apps across the OS have been updated and refined, including indoor maps in Maps and curated news feeds in News.

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