Apple to showcase new features for its gadgets

Apple to showcase new features for its gadgets

Apple to showcase new features for its gadgets

Cook made the announcement during the company's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in California.

The squat cylinder has a minimalist mesh design with a gloss top and it's available in white and space grey.

HomePod has been created to be a 7-inch with a 4-inch upward-facing woofer that Apple promises will rock nearly any room with distortion-free audio.

Custom array of seven beam-forming tweeters, each with its own amplifier.

The HomePod understands where it is in the room and what's around it. Being able to listen to Apple Music is nice and all, as are the smart predictions the software can make, but it's all about being able to set that mood lighting while your jamming out.

Apple says its looking to "reinvent" the way we listen to music in the home. The tablets run the new A10X Fusion processor, with a six-core CPU and 12-core GPU for what Apple says is up to 30 percent faster CPU performance and 40 percent faster graphics than its A9X, while still providing up to ten hours battery life.

The Apple HomePod will be available from December, priced at $349.

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Apple is known for its ecosystem - its catalogue of products, which includes the iPhone, MacBook, iPad and Apple TV, working harmoniously. Siri, a digital assistant that has been on Apple's iPhone since 2011, will be voice activated to respond to requests for information and other help around the house.

Siri can do those things, too, but Apple's pitch for Siri-powered HomePod is instead focused heavily on music - the company appears to bank on consumers paying for smart speakers that deliver high-quality audio sound as a sort of gateway into the world of smart home assistants.

The free software update for mobile devices, iOS 11, is expected in September, when Apple typically releases new iPhones.

Siri Kit, to let you use Siri for more third party devices.

You can expect to see new applications that will augment the way you view, interact and work this fall. Ask Siri to do something on iPhone and it will default to an Apple app wherever possible.

HomePod is backed by Apple Music, which contains a library of songs from over two million artists. This seems to be no different on the HomePod.

Apple has revealed its latest tech product, the HomePod. That is the model that comes with a touch screen. Although Siri first launched in 2011, long before voice assistants from Google and Amazon, users must now interact with it via Apple's existing products, including Macs, iPhones and the Apple TV. As a music-playing device, it will also be a challenger to Sonos, whose wifi-controlled speakers are used by many smartphone users for home entertainment. And considering the fact that it is hitting the market around Christmas-time, the HomePod is aiming to replace the Echo and Home as the highest-selling speaker around the globe.

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