HomePod: Apple's first new product in years

HomePod: Apple's first new product in years

- Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. "It's the biggest news for the day". So now you can ask Siri to turn on the lights or lock the door without moving a muscle. These devices will only keep the most recent messages in local storage.

For photos, Apple is turning to a "high efficiency" format to replace JPEGs.

Apple's logic is that, for the most part, it doesn't want your data.

Tools that let app designers add virtual objects to a real-world view from the phone's camera, in real time, were also revealed.

The new iMacs aren't messing around.

Apple also shared the latest version of watchOS4, which continues to put the emphasis on the Apple Watch as a fitness device. Samsung and Google already have VR systems centered on their smartphones.

Apple execs demonstrated Macs producing VR experiences, though they didn't immediately talk about making a headset to view them. But so far, interest has been strongest among gamers, developers and hardware makers rather than everyday users.

A preview of a new high-powered iMac Pro desktop, due to be released later this year, was also teased.

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There was a veritable feast of announcements at Apple's developer conference and we've rounded up the best. With Airplay 2 we finally get multiroom audio support, a huge upgrade that will allow homes with Apple's HomePod - as well as products from partners like Bose, Bang & Olufsen, Marantz and others - to stream audio wirelessly to different rooms and to multiple speakers. Another expected novelty is "smart" column of Siri, which has become a hub for a smart home system Apple HomeKit. Apple says that "only after "Hey Siri" is recognised locally on the device will any information be sent to Apple servers, encrypted and sent using an anonymous Siri identifier". Get the scoop and make up your own mind here.

Another watch face will feature Woody, Jessie and Buzz from "Toy Story, " joining Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

HomePod is designed for voice control with an array of six microphones, so users can interact with it from across the room, even while loud music is playing.

Blau was also impressed by Apple's "pretty strong offering", especially on the AI end.

"I'm an Apple devotee, by which I mean I am too lazy, dumb and financially invested in Apple products to change".

It's turning to machine learning, a form of artificial intelligence, to make that happen. This comes as a result of Apple Inc trying to surpass the success of its competing service Alexa by Amazon.com Inc.

Apple's also expected to unveil a voice-activated, internet-connected speaker to rival Amazon's Echo and Google Home. During Jobs' last decade, Apple introduced the iPod, iPhone and iPad - all huge commercial successes that both reshaped daily life and swamped previous digital music players, smartphones and tablets. The update will be available in the fall.

I'll be in attendance for CEO Tim Cook's keynote address on Monday, June 5, at 10am US Pacific Time, liveblogging the event, and tweeting from @mcwm.