Apple unveils 'HomePod' speaker, first new product in years

Its internal components include a 4-inch woofer, six microphones that are said to detect your voice even if you're playing loud music, and an array of seven tweeters that are used for directing and focusing the sound.

It will come with an upgraded version of the Safari web browser which will prevent videos from autoplaying and prevent users from being tracked across sites. This year, the WWDC is even more exciting given the rumors of many hardware updates alongside new versions of Apple's software systems like the iOS, tvOS, watchOS, and macOS.

Virtual reality has been described as the next big thing for decades.

Not just the new display, but the new iPad Pro will also feature a True Tone flash, a true Tone display, better cameras, quad speakers, and an updated processor. However, consumers have found that talking to an assistant while on the move in the street is very different to interacting with a smart speaker in the home, which is how Amazon had such success with the Echo, shifting a reported 11 million devices by the end of 2016. If Apple wants to be more than a hardware company, it needs to break out of its profit game sometimes. Although Apple Watch has emerged as the leader in its technological niche, it hasn't become a smash hit like the iPhone or the iPad - at least until tablet sales started declining.

As expected, Apple on Monday introduced a Siri-backed smart speaker, dubbed HomePod, which is expected to launch in December for $349.

Apple stock was down nearly 1%, near 154.10, in afternoon trading on the stock market today.

A look at some new face options for Apple Watch. The research firm eMarketer says than 35 million people in the US are expected to use a voice-activated speaker at least once a month this year, more than double its estimate from last year. Only the most recent messages will be kept on the device to save storage.

The new iPad Pro will be available in three sizes, including a 10.5 inch model.

The new iMacs and Macbooks are on sale today.

For photos, Apple is replacing JPEGs with a new format meant to reduce file sizes.

The company rolled out new tools for developers to create augmented reality applications for iPhones and iPads. With HomePod, only after "Hey Siri" is recognized locally on the device will any information be sent to Apple servers, encrypted and sent using an anonymous Siri identifier. Investors keep close tabs on Apple's margins, and Apple optimizes its business to meet its gross-margin range.

Some already think Google's plan for its cloud-based artificial intelligence assistant is a "privacy nightmare", because its users are effectively giving up their data so Google can sell it and monetize it. The operating system can also detect when someone is driving a vehicle, and will offer a "Do Not Disturb While Driving" mode that will disable notifications and auto-respond, letting people know the user is, well, driving. It doesn't care that much if marginal customers wind up going to Amazon or Google, any more than it cares about customers who buy dirt-cheap Android phones.

The new version of Apple's mobile operating system has received a series of updates, including an update to Siri.

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