Apple unveils 'HomePod' speaker, first new product in years

Apple unveils 'HomePod' speaker, first new product in years

Apple unveils 'HomePod' speaker, first new product in years

More details about the ARKit is about to get unpacked in the rest of the days of WWDC. With ProMotion, Apple Pencil is more responsive with a 20-millisecond latency, according to Apple.

Unlike Google, Facebook and Amazon, Apple makes its money with hardware and to a lesser extent, services like iTunes, App Store and Apple Music.

Apple is also updating the operating software for its Apple Watch, including new watch faces, more personalized alerts that use machine learning to tailor information to you based on your routines and tastes. Although the format is not exclusive to Apple, it's not yet clear how well the photos will work with non-Apple software and devices, which mostly use JPEG. And Apple will also provide a "lane guidance" view when you take the wheel of a vehicle. If the speculation pans out, the speaker would be Apple's first new product since its smartwatch in 2015.

But with Apple announcing its HomePod smart speaker yesterday, the future between Apple and Amazon products working together is integral, especially to the flourishing IoT market. But it's a lot cheaper than the iPhone, which starts at $649 and is now the main way people access Siri. The Apple HomePod has an A8 chip along with a unique woof specially designed by the company.

Amazon dominated smart home related products and services shipments in the three months through December, selling 88 percent of the 4.2 million smart speakers sold globally. From Machine Learning to countless other improvements, everything is there to appease any diehard Apple user.

The "HomePod" speaker unveiled at Apple's annual developers conference is similar to rival devices that have been released during the past two years.

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Apple are expected to release iOS 11 some time in September along with their new iPhone 8 handsets, the software looks impressive from what we have seen so far and it brings a wide range of new features to the iPhone and iPad.

A new desktop and laptop operating system was also announced. Federighi highlighted stories about Iceland after a search in Safari for holidays to the island.

Developers have been given CoreML, HomeKit, SiriKit and MusicKit in order to develop apps and programmes to support Apple's augmented reality vision and upgradation of support for smart home, its personal assistant and music app. Developers are being given tools to place 3D images of objects in the iPhone camera's field of view.

MacBook Pros will be shipped with Intel's Kaby Lake processors and faster SSDs.

Cook also praised the Apple developer community which has 16 million registered developers and added three million a year ago. The 13-inch Mac- Book Air also got a faster processor in a rare update.

Apple's entry into the market could change this. While well received by many consumers, recent MacBook Pros have been criticised by some longtime Mac loyalists and creative professionals for not meeting some of their needs. On top of that, there are now more powerful iMac models with better displays and USB-C.

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