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

Nichole Vega
June 8, 2017

It can also be used as a smart home hub and which responds to voice commands. From notifications for delayed flights to pre-set reminders to upcoming appointments to traffic updates and what not, both Echo and Home stand out to offer you something you will need on a daily basis.

So can the newest player (Apple HomePod) in the market challenge the incumbents like Google Home and Amazon Echo? Although the format is not exclusive to Apple, it's not yet clear how well the photos will work with non-Apple software and devices, which mostly use JPEG. Nonetheless, the high-profile developer conference marked Apple's headlong pursuit of one of the most important battlegrounds in wireless. Not a shocking move on Apple's part.

Speaking to 5,300 attendees who are mostly app developers at the mega hall of McEnery Convention Center, the head honcho of Apple gave an introduction and brief insight on all the new announcements, followed by detailed presentations by respective product heads. There will now also be multiple suggestions to your queries, to better suit the kind of personality sketch Siri draws up about you over time. HomePod is the first, all-new Apple Inc gadget to land in almost two years, but that is if we reduce last year's wireless AirPods to a mere EarPods upgrade.

Apple lovers already tend to be "premium product buyers", and may not flinch at paying more for what they believe is a superior quality product, said Gartner analyst Brian Blau. Earlier, back in 2014, Apple launched its smart watch.

"There are a few updates to its laptop line", he said of the new MacBook and MacBook Pro.

Apple announced updates to tvOS, watchOS (WatchOS 4), MacOS (High Sierra) and iOS (iOS 11) during the WWDC Keynote and the key to numerous software updates was increased AI/ML integration and AR/VR functionality.

The new 10.5-inch model reduces the borders by almost 40 percent to fit into an incredibly compact package that still weighs just one pound.

Apple is bringing the "best Mac display ever", and Intel's seventh-generation Kaby Lake processors to the new iMacs.

Apple also announced the brand new watchOS 4.

It will come with an upgraded version of the Safari web browser which will prevent videos from autoplaying and prevent users from being tracked across sites. If you're into tablets, Apple has something for you. The 10.5-inch model starts at $649 with 64GB of memory. Before, Apple Pay transactions could be done only with businesses and institutions.

The new version of Apple's mobile operating system has received a series of updates, including an update to Siri. The assistant could advise and assist the user in evaluating data and information to interpret results and make assessments and recommendations on courses of action.

"We want powerful machine learning to be easier to use in your apps", software chief Craig Federighi said as he unveiled a toolkit that allows developers to use Apple's AI technology.

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