Apple WWDC showcases HomePod smart speaker and new operating system

Apple was nearly sheepish in mentioning that, yes, Siri on the HomePod can do most of the usual Siri things like make appointments, find sports scores, and send messages.

Apple will later this year release a "HomePod" music-centric smart home speaker, challenging a market now dominated by Amazon and Google in its latest move to weave deeper into people's lives. It will allow users to automatically block auto-play videos by detecting videos that shouldn't be playing when you open a webpage to read an article, for example.

Geoff Blaber, VP Research Americas, CCS Insight said: "It is little surprise that Apple has made a decision to launch a smart speaker".

Taken together, these are the technologies that some of the world's biggest technology companies believe will define the future of how we interact with our computers - not through mechanical interfaces, but more natural, human experiences. "Apple is smart to position it as music centric rather than yet another smart speaker or just a home for a digital assistant", Jan Dawson, an analyst at Jackdaw Research, told CNET. And even Alexa on Amazon Echo can overshadow her linguistic and response-oriented abilities with its AI chops and its repertoire of more than 10,000 Alexa Skills that have been developed over the past several months.

Five different speakers, five different platforms vying to be the nerve center for your smart home. HomePod owners will only be able to stream music from Apple Music, and will not be able to use a third party service such as Spotify as an alternative.

Internally, the Apple HomePod boasts of a seven-speaker array of tweeters located to the bottom of its cylindrical enclosure.

"Apple's base should like it, because they are committed to the ecosystem", Enderle said of HomePod. Commenting on the sound quality, Apple marketing director Phil Schiller stated confidently; "You don't have to know what any of that is; just know that it sounds incredible".

As you'd expect from Apple, the HomePod isn't without its fair share of speaker smarts.

A new Siri interface on the Apple Watch will also blend users' calendar information with other useful details, like airline tickets they may have booked, the company said. You can also ask HomePod to control HomeKit devices and adjust the air conditioning or lights.

"We have to imagine there is going to be more there", Blau said. The new Echo Show goes on sale on June 28 for $230. Margins, however, suffered into the quarter ended March 2017, even though the larger cousin of the iPhone 7 propelled Apple to its biggest every sales quarter for the quarter ended December 2016.

HomePod's audio performance isn't set to be bad either. In fact, I've seen and heard some say that's what they felt about this year's WWDC keynote.

The new HomePod will be available in two colors i.e.

The company said its App Store has so far paid out $70 billion to developers, of which 30 percent was made a year ago.

The new Fire TV app sounds similar to the shopping app Amazon rolled out for the Apple TV tvOS in December, although that app was only for Amazon Prime members, and it is not clear whether this one is limited to Prime members or not.

Ahead of Apple's launch, the competition has upgraded their speakers with support for making voice calls, while Amazon's gained a touchscreen.

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