Apple debuts HomePod speaker to bring Siri into the living room

Amazon Prime Video is due to launch on Apple TV "later this year", Apple CEO Tim Cook announced at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC).

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Apple is hoping a new smart home speaker will strike a chord with music lovers — the latest test of the iPhone maker's ability to redefine markets originally staked out by its rivals.

That leaves Apple. Although it was the first smartphone maker to come out with a digital assistant when Siri debuted in 2011, it hasn't had a stand-alone assistant. By embedding Siri, users can make specific demands like sending a text message and summarizing a news report.

While Apple's (AAPL) iMac updates and the new HomePod speaker drew most of the attention at the company's World Wide Developers conference Monday, investors may have missed the most notable trend coming from the tech giant. "Dot and Echo through Bluetooth and Audio Out can connect to other speakers".

At WWDC, a range of updates to Siri were announced, including increased "machine learning" capabilities and a presence in more apps. After that point, it gives your request an anonymous ID and encrypts it before sending it to Apple to get a response. They're also adding new photo effects, such as long exposure.

The HomePod will work with HomeKit as well, which is Apple's smart home platform. Macquarie said this will lead to better revenue from apps and games, even as consumers download fewer apps.

HomePod has a LED on top of it, which turns on when you use the Hey Siri, just like the other Apple Devices. Apple's strategy to downplay AI could very well do the task for them.

Changes included making iPads more efficient and being able to send money to friends using Apple's messaging application for mobile devices.

Safari, Apple's web browser, is getting new features aimed at online annoyances.

When Do Not Disturb While Driving is on, the iPhone can detect when you may be driving and automatically silences notifications to keep the screen dark. Let us know in the comments! The speaker features an Apple-designed upward-facing woofer, paired with the custom A8 chip, enabling bass management through real-time software modelling.

However, Apple insists that its HomePod speakers won't be competing directly against the likes of the aforesaid.

Apple will later this year release a "HomePod" music-centric smart home speaker, challenging a market now dominated by Amazon and Google in its latest move to weave deeper into people's lives.

It is the first new device Apple has announced in nearly three years.

USA Today noted Limp didn't express serious concern over the HomePod, saying that it was "a little different philosophically" compared to the Echo. Initially, it will only be available in the US, UK and Australia.

A survey released last month by research firm eMarketer found Echo speakers held 70.6 percent of the USA market, compared with 23.8 percent for Google Home.

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