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Amazon Prime Video is finally coming to Apple TV

Amazon Prime Video is finally coming to Apple TV

CEO Tim Cook said Amazon Prime Video, which includes original series like "Man in the High Castle", would be added to Apple TV.

Apple was expected to announce a smart speaker, a market that Amazon - with its sleeper hit, the Echo - and the later Google Home, powered by Assistant - now dominate, given them an integral place in users' lives.

It is created to work with the Apple Music subscription service and can produce rich sound while tapping into the artificial intelligence power of Siri. It can play music from Apple Music, tell you the news, do unit conversions, send messages, schedule reminders, set timers, translate, check stocks, answer trivia questions, and tell you what the traffic is like.

Apple also revealed new safety systems for using iPhones within cars, featuring an enhanced "do not disturb" function.

"If we are comparing this to Apple's past successes, it doesn't fit that model", said analyst Rob Enderle of Enderle Group.

"Apple is smart to frame the HomePod as a music-centric and audio-centric device rather than just another smart speaker or another home for Siri", said Jackdaw Research analyst Jan Dawson. Does it have a chance in the smart assistant speaker market? The company is simultaneously disrupting the massive home speaker market and the emerging smart speakers space.

Apple vice president Phil Schiller said the company's Siri team tuned the virtual assistant as a "musicologist" that learns the tastes of listeners and gets songs from the internet cloud.

Since the launch of Amazon's Echo a year ago and Google Home in March, both of which have been popular with consumers, Apple had been widely expected to enter the market.




The third combatant in this fracas will be the Amazon Echo.

A survey released last month by research firm eMarketer found Echo speakers held 70.6 percent of the U.S. market, compared with 23.8 percent for Google Home.

Siri not only understands your voice, but will now understand context and your personal interests, including how you use your device, to predict what you're going to want next.

The new 10.5-inch iPad Pro is slightly bigger than the existing 9.7-inch iPad Pro and has a new high-resolution screen that makes it easier to scroll and draw. It's unclear what happens to the data once its on Apple's servers. 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.

And the operating system for mobile devices is getting a major update with iOS 11.

For photos, Apple is replacing JPEGs with a new format meant to reduce file sizes.

Apple's entry into the market could change this.


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