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Apple Unveils 'HomePod,' Its New Siri-Powered Home Speaker

06 June 2017

Instead of seeing Siri as the HomePod's main goal, look at it like the cherry on top of a delicious, Wi-Fi connected cake: It can clearly integrate with dozens of smart home appliances right out of the gate and answer any questions you might have, but those aren't the sorts of things that the HomePod will excel at. Additionally, Siri will be able to chime in by answering follow-up questions, and offer multiple results to queries. It all sounds very fine, and it will nearly certainly be packaged in an attractive, high-quality build that's intuitive to use. But Apple occasionally also uses the event to introduce new devices and services and upgrades to existing products. (It appears to be a touchscreen with volume controls and a Siri animation.) Will it work with other music services like Spotify? 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. The pricing of Apple's device was shared at the conference in comparison to both smart home speakers as well as premium audio speakers.

That's not the only new feature in iOS 11 by any means, but it's probably the most significant one in terms of Apple's future in alternate reality. The success of the Amazon Echo, released in the United States in 2014, paved the way for Google to follow with its own sleek Google Home device previous year.

While Amazon Echo and Google Home began stealing some market share from Sonos, Sonos prided itself on the excellent audio engineering that went into its speakers.

Where Apple hopes to stand out in its late entry to the smart speaker market, however, is by putting extra emphasis on the speaker part of the equation.

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Although Siri would likely be a centerpiece of a smart speaker from Apple, Moorhead said the device's design, colors and acoustics will also likely be focal points because the company has a long history of making elegantly designed products. These devices will only keep the most recent messages in local storage.

And Apple will have a new "do not disturb" mode for driving. Apple also laid some groundwork for augmented reality, the projection of digital features onto real-world surroundings, by giving app developers tools for incorporating AR into their products.

Apple also may introduce its next Mac computer, along with the next operating system powering the machine.

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MacOS High Sierra features a shift from HFS to the Apple File System, which is supposed to be faster, more secure and more reliable. The company also launched a new configuration of the 13-inch MacBook Pro without a Touch Bar that starts at a cheaper $1,299. New iMacs released Monday are getting better displays and graphics capabilities. Using a new technology called High Efficienct Image File Format (HEIF) that works in a similar way to HEVC for video, it reduces the file size of every photo you take by up to 50%.

The free software, iOS 11, is expected in September, when Apple typically releases new iPhones.

The newly updated MacBook laptops are now available.

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