Apple pushes Siri to the fore at annual developer conference

New smart speaker expected as Apple kicks off conference

New smart speaker expected as Apple kicks off conference

Six microphones allow the speaker to hear audio commands from across the room, even when loud music is playing, and Apple has expanded Siri's vocabulary and intelligence to allow it to respond to a wide variety of music-related queries. However, Siri Speaker is not expected to ship until "later this year".

The research firm IDC says Apple and Xiaomi each has a worldwide market share of almost 15 per cent in the first quarter. It unveiled the Apple Watch in September 2014. Amazon Echo and Google Home have already been claiming spots in the American homes. Apple's more than 100,000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on earth, and to leaving the world better than we found it.

The announcement made at the 2017 Apple, Worldwide Developer Conference, saw the Company roll out HomePod, a 7-inch tall speaker that has a retail price of $349, it will be available in Australia in December 2017.

The Echo, released in 2015, and Google Home, released past year, were the first entrants in a promising market. The research reveals that 35.6 million Americans are expected to use a voice-activated assistant device at least once a month this year, marking a 128.9 percent growth from last year.

Apple CEO Tim Cook delivers the opening keynote address the 2017 Apple Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) at the San Jose Convention Center on June 5, 2017 in San Jose, California.

Apple says that this will be useful for those developing 3-D and virtual reality.

A blog post attributed to Apple employee John Willander further explains how the latest Intelligent Tracking Prevention technology works, see more here. Facebook, HTC and Sony have high-end VR systems, too.

"Will any of this change with Apple's next version of its operating system?" Its entry into digital-music sales with iTunes, and into the smartphone market with the iPhone, upended those industries and gave them mass appeal.

The company rolled out new tools for developers to create augmented reality applications for iPhones and iPads. Fitbit, once the leader of wearable devices, is third at about 12 per cent. It's unclear what happens to the data once its on Apple's servers. On the face of it, new SiriKit APIs are the headline news, but their results remain a little limited, given support remains limited to: Ride-sharing and bill payment services, messaging, photo search, VoIP calls, workouts, auto controls, lists and QR codes. If the speculation pans out, the speaker would be Apple's first new product since its smartwatch in 2015.

Apple also introduced a person-to-person payment feature to Apple Pay.

Safari, Apple's web browser, is getting new features aimed at online annoyances.

Siri has trouble hearing you, gets a lot of things wrong, and is really only good at telling you the weather. It will not block the ads themselves, though.

HomePod will be available for $349 (US) in white and space gray starting in December initially in Australia, the United Kingdom and the US.* HomePod is compatible with iPhone 5s and later, running iOS 11.

Apple's decision not to introduce an iPad Pro mini will be a cause of upset to yours truly, but the flagship hardware improvements (including that fantastic screen and super-fast processor) promise much, much more. "Every element of the new App Store is richer, more lovely and more engaging". Users can tell HomePod that they liked a song or to play more songs like the one they're listening to.

New iMacs will start shipping Monday. They also announced the new Gym equipment support to make your workouts even better. For the last few years, Amazon Prime subscribers were forced to watch shows using their Apple TV by using Apple AirPlay, a cumbersome workaround that involved tethering the set-top-box to another device like a MacBook or iPhone.

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