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Apple unveils its first new product in years with its 'HomePod' speaker

10 June 2017

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The speaker will compete directly with Amazon's Echo and Google Home for the lucrative smart speaker market.

The digital assistant will work with a much wider selection of apps starting with iOS 11, due out later this year, and has a new male voice option and icon.

The Cupertino company described the 7in device - which comes in white and "space grey" - as a "breakthrough home speaker" created to "rock the house".

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"However, In a reference to current tensions over privacy and terrorism, Apple says that the HomePod won't record anything until the term 'Hey Siri" is uttered.

Apple has unveiled a smart speaker to rival the Amazon Echo and Google Home as the tech giant said it wanted to "reinvent home music". He claimed this year's WWDC is the largest of the kind for the technology company. The new 10.5-inch model offers room for a full-size keyboard, something the 9.7 inch model couldn't. Professional iPad users are targeted with the new Files app and Dock to make it easier to find files on the device and multi-task between different open apps. Not just these questions, Siri can answer questions related to unit conversion, news, traffic, sports, weather, reminders, timers, and more. A Today section will show off apps the company wants to highlight, a Games tab will do the same for games and also display in-app purchases.

App Store customers have now downloaded more than 180 billion apps and Apple has paid out over US$70 billion to developers since the store launched in 2008. Siri, a digital assistant that has been on Apple's iPhone since 2011, will be voice activated to respond to requests for information and other help around the house. But now the Appel delivered more with messages, and it is hard to users to understand the more features present at a place. For its virtual reality play, Apple announced collaboration with Steam, Unity and Unreal to bring VR content consumption and creation to the Mac.

The company also updated its MacBook and iMac lines of computers with faster Intel Kaby Lake processors and power.

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The HomePod speaker stands just under seven inches (18 cm) tall and is covered in fabric mesh that will come in white or gray.

As part of the announcement at the Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple touted upgrades for the Siri personal assistant in the fall update to the IOS mobile operating system.

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Apple unveils its first new product in years with its 'HomePod' speaker