Apple unveils HomePod speaker at WWDC 2017

"HomePod packs powerful speaker technology, Siri intelligence and wireless access to the entire Apple Music library into a attractive speaker that is less than 7 inches tall, can rock most any room with distortion free music and be a helpful assistant around your home".

Apple® today announced HomePod™, a breakthrough wireless speaker for the home that delivers wonderful audio quality and uses spatial awareness to sense its location in a room and automatically adjust the audio.

"Apple reinvented portable music with iPod and now HomePod will reinvent how we enjoy music wirelessly throughout our homes", said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. The digital assistant can better understand your voice, the context of your requests, your interests, how you use your device, and ultimately, what you want next, Federighi said.

However, the company kept mum on many details, instead giving attending journalists and developers a much broader pitch, which goes a bit like this: There have been Wi-Fi-connected speakers like Sonos for some time, but those devices are still pretty cumbersome. It unveiled the Apple Watch in September 2014. Google followed with its Home speaker, featuring its plain-named Assistant, last year.

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

The Echo, released in 2015, and Google Home, released a year ago, were the first entrants in a promising market. However, Siri has been slow to improve its voice-recognition technology and set of responses, especially compared with the more capable Alexa and Google Assistant.

New iMacs unveiled Monday at Apple's annual conference for software programmers are getting better displays and graphics capabilities.

"This will be a platform for developing Apple's services", says Gene Munster, a co-founder of Loup Ventures and former Apple analyst.

But Apple is late to the game on VR.

Apple's entry into the market could change this.

Apple is also bringing the ability to send money to friends or other people through its payment service, Apple Pay. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners. It's possible that Apple will add features to its operating system that would indicate what's next.

New features coming to iPhones and iPads, meanwhile, include marginal improvements such as syncing messages to Apple servers in the cloud, saving storage space on phones and tablets.

Safari, Apple's web browser, seeks to make users' online experience smoother and less annoying. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.

The browser's new "intelligent tracking prevention", meanwhile, will use machine learning to identify and block digital-ad trackers in order to keep advertisers from following and profiling users.

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