New smart speaker expected as Apple kicks off conference

It is the first new device Apple has announced in nearly three years. Beyond a visual overhaul, Apple could include updates to Apple Music and some core apps like Maps. Unlike Amazon's new Echo Show, Apple's device does not have a screen. Shipments of intelligent home speakers surged almost 600 per cent year-over-year to 4.2 million units in the fourth quarter, with Amazon taking about 88 per cent share and Google 10 percent, according to consultant Strategy Analytics.

Apple Inc. introduced a music speaker HomePod at an annual gathering of software developers on Monday. The same technology helps Siri learn how to replicate how people speak, Federighi said.

Apple was a bit more coy about the features that will set HomePod apart from its competition. He reasoned that there are great speakers already out there, but they aren't "smart", and there are smart speakers, but they don't always deliver great quality. Facebook, HTC and Sony have high-end VR systems, too. Augmented reality is the blending of the physical and virtual worlds. 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 that. Only the most recent messages will be kept on the device to save storage space. Although the format is not exclusive to Apple, it's not yet clear how well the photos will work with non-Apple software and devices, which mostly use JPEG.

HomePod can be paired up with your iPhone 5s or later running the new iOS 11 and the connectivity works just like the AirPods, all you have to do is bring your iPhone in the range and your iPhone will be connected with your HomePod.

Apple unveils 'HomePod' speaker, first new product in years
From initial images it appears the HomePod will be available in white or dark grey. It will also be possible to exchange data between gym equipment and the watch.

This is when Apple traditionally gives everyone a sneak peak at the next operating systems for iPads, iPhones and Macs. Once you've said that command, it sends an anonymous Siri ID and encrypted communications to and from Apple's servers.

The latest version of Apple's Safari browser will be able to stop automatically playing videos as well as online trackers used for advertisers.

Look out, Alexa, there's a new kid on the block. It will not block the ads themselves, though. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro size will remain, but will be refreshed with the new technology upgrades. HomePod streams Apple Music and AirPlay 2 (only from supported devices like iPhone and iPad). Yet it isn't as bulky as the 12.9-inch model. Google, meanwhile, previewed new speaker features such as hands-free phone calling during its software conference last month.

Apple has given Siri new male and female voices, described as more natural and expressive, and added abilities such as translating English phrases into Chinese, French, German, Italian or Spanish.

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