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Siri enters the living room as Apple debuts HomePod speaker

Siri enters the living room as Apple debuts HomePod speaker

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

The seven inches tall, HomePod features a large Apple-designed woofer with a custom A8 chip being the brains behind the audio innovations. While Apple was an early entry into voice assistants with the introduction of Siri in 2011, voice assistants from Amazon and Google have largely surpassed Apple with the launch of Amazon Echo and Google Home speakers.

HomePod combined elements of Echo and Sonos smart speakers, known for rich sound quality, according to Reticle Research principal analyst Ross Rubin.

"We think we can do lots to make this experience much better", said Apple CEO Tim Cook at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, Calif. Along with its new line of computer and laptops, the tech giant has also launched a screen-free computer, powered by Siri, which doubles down as a top-notch home audio device.

Additionally, Apple has added Hindi dictation as one of the features in iOS.

Apple unveiled its long-awaited HomePod at its annual developers conference taking place this week in the heart of Silicon Valley, enticing lovers of its products with a high-end offering in a market dominated by lower-priced devices from Amazon and Google.




The HomePod will be available in December in the US, United Kingdom and Australia in white and space gray. (Many reviewers have suggested that the current incarnation of Apple's assistant already trails competitors in key respects.) "This is the start of the AI wars", he said.

During the first half the keynote, Apple hinted about the next versions of its operating systems for the Mac and Apple Watch - both of which will be available for download in the fall, alongside new iMacs, MacBooks and a new high-end product called the iMac Pro. It's also what Microsoft is targeting with the Surface Pro; a new model comes out on June 15. The new 10.5-inch model offers room for a full-size keyboard, something the 9.7 inch model couldn't.

As a popular Irish drink manufacturer once said: "Good things come to those who wait".

"We have to imagine there is going to be more there", Blau said.

The tech includes augmented reality features for the first time, allowing developers to superimpose virtual objects onto a live feed from the firm's camera.

On Wednesday during a WWDC session called "What's new in tvOS?", Apple did reveal tvOS 11 and there's not an bad lot to it, on the front end. It also introduced autoplay blocking, which stops music and video from playing automatically without your permission on websites as well as "intelligent tracking prevention", which stops ads from following you around the web.


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