Apple Introduces Echo Rival Home Pod And More At WWDC17

And then there were three. This device is believed to be Apple's answer to the existing smart speakers such as Google Home and Amazon Echo.

HomePod users may initially be constrained by Siri's lack of capabilities as compared to Alexa, which also boasts the ability to order millions of Amazon products as well as food from restaurants like Domino's. Google Home followed in October and Microsoft's assistant, Cortana, is also finding a home in home speakers. And as The Verge mentions, the Home Pod also has a "Musicologist" feature that "works with Apple Music to stream the music you ask the speaker's built-in Siri to play".

"Just like we did with portable music, we want to reinvent home music", Apple CEO Tim Cook said at the Worldwide Developers Conference, where HomePod was unveiled, becoming Apple's first new device since the release of the Apple Watch in 2015. Inside is the same processor that powers the iPhone and an upward-facing 4-inch woofer.

It is created to work with the Apple Music subscription service and can produce rich sound while tapping into the artificial intelligence power of Siri. The $349 device - shipping in December for the USA, United Kingdom and Australia - stands at seven inches tall, is wrapped in mesh fabric and comes packed with the same dual-core A8 chip used in the iPhone 6, giving it the "biggest brain ever in a speaker", according to Apple's marketing chief Phil Schiller.

After months of speculation, Apple has finally launched its "smart" speaker, the HomePod. And it would mark an effort by Apple to catch up with Amazon and Google.

"The fact that Apple is claiming to marry really great and smart audio with a smart assistant and cloud music service makes this device unique in the market so far".

The New York Times notes that the biggest casualty of Apple entering the voice-enabled home speaker realm may end up being Sonos, whose app-controlled, internet-enabled stereo devices remain popular in-home speaker options.

The latest version of Apple's Safari browser will be able to stop automatically playing videos as well as online trackers used for advertisers.

"New indoor maps of areas like malls and airports indicated that Apple might be laying groundwork to display information over images of those places in the future".

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