Published: Thu, June 08, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Apple just unveiled HomePod, a $349 competitor to Amazon's Echo


The smart assistant speaker has immediately been compared to others in the market like Amazon Echo, Echo Dot and Google Home.

The new iMac Pro is the "most powerful Mac ever made". Its entry into digital-music sales with iTunes, and into the smartphone market with the iPhone, upended those industries and gave them mass appeal. Siri also has a new screen in the Apple Watch which presents data and information that may echo earlier behavior at a similar time of day or the week. So far, the service has limited payments to purchases of products and services from companies and other organizations.

The company was expected to introduce iOS 11, the next version of the software that powers the iPhone and iPad. Photos adds a persistent side bar, Photoshop-esque editing tools, better search filters, and the ability to synchronize the facial recognition Faces across devices. However, Apple clearly attempts to make the device stand out by delivering excellent music-related functionality and really emphasizing the speaker aspect of this speaker (which would seem quite logical!).

Mac models were also boosted to work with virtual reality gear, a move by Apple into technology that Facebook (NasdaqGS: FB - news) has embraced with its Oculus unit.

High Sierra features will include being able to stop unexpected videos from starting to play automatically when landing on web pages and "intelligent tracking prevention" that will prevent ads from following people about the internet. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro size will remain, but will be refreshed with the new technology upgrades. It'll be available in white and Apple's usual space grey. New iMacs start shipping today.

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More WWDC news to come. By saying, "Hey Siri, I like this song", HomePod and Apple Music become the musicologist, learning preferences from hundreds of genres and moods, across tens of thousands of playlists, and these music tastes are shared across devices.

Apple announced during its Worldwide Developers Conference presentation that the new speaker system will cost $350. It will also be possible to exchange data between gym equipment and the watch.

Apple TV users now have to use Airplay in order to watch Amazon Prime content on the television.

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.

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