dglobalnews.com Apple debuts HomePod speaker to bring Siri into the living room
Published: Fri, June 09, 2017
Culture&Arts | By Orlando Mckenzie

Apple debuts HomePod speaker to bring Siri into the living room

Apple debuts HomePod speaker to bring Siri into the living room

And it would mark an effort by Apple to catch up with Amazon and Google. It's called the HomePod and Apple thinks it will reinvent home music.

In addition, the insider claimed that the production of the iPhone 8 - or iPhone X, as the user refers to it as - and the Apple home speaker have both been delayed.

Using the wake command "Hey Siri", the much-rumoured device can play music as well as answer queries and control other smart home appliances. It can also tackle advanced searches within the music library by responding to queries like "Hey Siri, who's the drummer in this?" Apple's reliance on the iPhone, analysts from the firm said, has become indispensable for a lot of people, but Apple itself is no longer driving the way that it's used.

Set to retail for $349 Dollars, the HomePod's specifications certainly stand up to the competition.

Also, in important news for the upcoming macOS release, High Sierra, there will be an update to Safari that helps block site trackers and autoplaying videos - something that seems to be an epidemic on media sites right now and it drives me, personally, insane. Apple introduced its new product called HomePod at WWDC 2017.

Apple execs demonstrated Macs producing VR experiences, though they didn't immediately talk about making a headset to view them.

Apple doesn't have to necessarily be ahead of the curve - its most successful products have come from polishing and repackaging good ideas.

Phil Schiller, Apple's SVP of worldwide marketing, said on stage that the product has been in the works for "years".

Aimed at high-end design professionals rather than the home market, the iMac Pro is to begin shipping in December with a starting price of $4,999.

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It starts shipping later this year in the US, United Kingdom and Australia.

About 5,300 developers from 75 countries were expected to attend this year's conference, which returned to San Jose for the first time in 15 years (it had been in San Francisco's Moscone Center).

But, unlike smartwatches in 2015, the smart speaker market isn't crying out for a company to swan in and make a model that lives up to the promise.

Over the course of the past year of booming interest in bots and artificial intelligence, Siri has largely been overshadowed by competitors like Microsoft's Cortana, Amazon's Alexa, and the Google Assistant, each of which has opened up to third-party developers.

Still, the Apple Watch hasn't been a smash hit, fueling worries that the company's ability to transfix customers had waned after the 2011 death of co-founder Steve Jobs.

The cylindrical-shaped HomePod is roughly 7-inches in height and features a large, Apple-designed woofer for deep, clean bass, an array of seven beam-forming tweeters for pure high frequency acoustics with directional control.

Apple appears poised to unveil a voice-activated, internet-connected speaker that would create a new digital pipeline into people's homes.

Siri's name recognition could play a role in HomePod adoption. It would mark an effort by Apple to catch up with Amazon and Google.

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