Apple unveils an Amazon Echo competitor

WatchOS 4 will arrive alongside iOS 11 later this year, with Apple CEO Tim Cook confirming it will finally introduce some new faces to its best-selling smartwatch, including new character faces in the form of Toy Story's Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and Jessie. It supports USB 3.0, and Apple claims it can go 10 hours before needing a power infusion. But Apple's history suggests that the odds are good it can make that happen. But it's a lot cheaper than the iPhone, which starts at US$649 (RM2,762) and is now the main way people access Siri.

Billed as a "breakthrough home speaker", the HomePod is attempting to differentiate itself as a premium smart speaker as opposed to current products that are generally either a premium speaker (Sonos) or smart (Echo), but not both.

"Apple reinvented portable music with iPod and now HomePod will reinvent how we enjoy music wirelessly throughout our homes", said Schiller, in a press release. For that job Apple has programmed this speaker with some powerful machine learning algorithms.

The company is casting Siri as a music connoisseur that will learn and cater to the tastes of the HomePod's owners, as well as answer questions about the songs as they are played. Whenever Siri is engaged, the HomePod will display the Siri waveform on the top of the speaker, the same location where the HomePod's touch-sensitive controls are. Apple plans to ship it in December-first to customers in the U.S., U.K., and Australia. The company said it will ship it to more global markets in 2018.

Apple will begin shipping the HomePod to the United States, Britain and Australia in December.

Apple Music is also going to be more closely integrated with the watch, with automatic syncing for playlists. The presentation focused on how strong the performance of the speaker is, with the smart assistant features presented nearly as an afterthought. Apple is also cutting the basic price for the MacBook's 13-inch model by $300. "The 15" MacBook Pro is also getting faster graphics. An A8 chip inside the speaker provides advanced intelligence to allow the speaker to perform real-time acoustic modelling, audio beam-forming, and multi-channel echo cancellation so that it can adjust to the space it's placed in and balance audio appropriately.

Apple Inc's first major new product for two years, the HomePod speaker, marks the biggest effort yet from the technology company to use its Siri digital assistant to keep customers wedded to a growing palette of products and services.

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Apple is also bringing the ability to send money to friends or other people through its payment service, Apple Pay.

The forward camera has been improved with better low-light performance.

"Only time will tell if the new Siri can compete with Google's knowledge graph or Amazon's natural voice processing but the installed base of iOS and Apple's scope for integration is a considerable advantage".

The App Store has been redesigned for better navigation with a How To section for tips on how to use various apps. 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. The kit can help find planes, track motion and estimate scale and ambient lighting.

Apple's next operating system is called High Sierra and will be a free update to the current Sierra system.

HomePod capped a keynote presentation at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference that included updates to its iPad and Mac laptop lines, and upgraded operating software enabling augmented reality for iPhones and iPads.