Apple expected to reveal Amazon and Google smart speaker rival

Apple expected to reveal Amazon and Google smart speaker rival

Amazon ceased selling Apple TV devices in October 2015, citing customer confusion over which devices would support their Prime account. With the Homepod, Apple promises a newer and more efficient software for the speaker, as well as its other new products revealed at the conference.

As expected, Apple announced newer versions of its iOS, macOS, and watchOS operating systems earlier today at WWDC 2017.

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"It's so cool, we really believe it is going to take your home music experience to the next level", Apple chief executive Tim Cook said of the new device.

The Cupertino company described the 7in device - which comes in white and "space grey" - as a "breakthrough home speaker" created to "rock the house".

"Apple is smart to frame the HomePod as a music-centric and audio-centric device rather than just another smart speaker or another home for Siri", said Jackdaw Research analyst Jan Dawson.

Apple nodded to several up-and-coming technology trends, unveiling a new "smart" home speaker and device features touching on virtual reality, online privacy and a form of artificial intelligence called machine learning.

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Besides playing music, HomePod will help people to manage their lives and homes. The new iPads also come with a redesigned Retina display featuring ProMotion, a new technology that delivers 120Hz refresh rates for smoother scrolling and motion, including with the Apple Pencil. The iPad Pro now comes in an all-new 10.5-inch variation in addition to the original 12.9-inch size.

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And Apple Watch is bringing Siri front and center. While Siri was previously available on the Apple Watch, the assistant's ability to automatically show information was limited.

Another watch face will feature Woody, Jessie and Buzz from "Toy Story", joining Mickey and Minnie Mouse. So far there is no word on worldwide pricing, and no indication of what the most powerful iteration of the device - with 18-core Xeon processors, a Radeon Pro Vega GPU with 16GB of VRAM and a 4TB SSD hard drive - will cost. Cook did not announce a launch date on Monday.

Apple-designed upward-facing woofer, paired with the custom A8 chip. It will come in December starting at about $5,000.

And of course, being Siri-powered, it does do more than just music. The new iOS also features a new keyboard that gives access to punctuation features by flicking down on keys, allowing for faster typing. The update also includes refinements to Photos, Safari and Mail.