Apple's HomePod speaker pumps up the volume on tech rivals

Apple's HomePod speaker pumps up the volume on tech rivals

Google is also building its own install base with Google Home, but Amazon is proving to be a strong leader, even with the competition brought on by a major player like Google. These giants are battling over still-emerging fields that are expected to turn into technological gold mines, much the way personal computers and smartphones became moneymaking machines in previous decades.

"It's clearly about the hardware but also making Siri more obvious to consumers so you can see where she's getting smarter", said Carolina Milanesi, an analyst at Creative Strategies.

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It also has a "Musicologist" feature for streaming Apple Music through commands barked at Siri, as well as being able to answer queries about the song playing, such as 'who is the guitarist?' and so on.

And although there has been no official announcement, United States media says Apple products will return to Amazon's home page, after a two-year absence, as a quid pro quo.

The speaker will sell for about $350 in December in the USA, United Kingdom and Australia.

As my colleague Sam Byford noted, you can simply plug in any number of modern accessories like an Amazon Echo Dot, Google Chromecast Audio, or Bluetooth adapter to add modern wireless functionality to the Hi-Fi.

The Echo, released in 2015, and Google Home, released a year ago, were the first entrants in a promising market.

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Use HomePod with Siri from across the room to listen to Apple Music, control HomeKit accessories and more.

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The "HomePod" speaker unveiled Monday is similar to devices from rivals, some of which have been on the market for years. But HomePod doesn't come out until December, which is a long time to wait. The company displayed that it was continuing to bet on the tablets by unveiling an iPad upgrade.

Due to its small size and smooth edges, it looks more like a home interior accessory that a smart speaker. A Google Home killer? With HomePod, 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. Maps have also been provided a "do not disturb while driving" feature, and Photos app will allow you to make loops of your live photos.

The availability of AR technology on hundreds of millions of Apple's mobile devices has the potential to help make iOS "the largest AR platform in the world overnight", CEO Tim Cook said.

Apple says its Safari browser on the Mac will try to guard your privacy by identifying and blocking data files that track you as you move from website to website. It will not block the ads themselves, though.

Yesterday's software and hardware announcements were, for the most part, in line with the rumors and expectations. They announced updates on software, Amazon Prime on Apple TV, new iMacs, and much more. Before, transactions had been limited to products and services from businesses and institutions.

Among the new features of iOS 11 is the ability to make person-to-person payments through Apple's messaging app, thanks to new integration with the Apple Pay system.