Apple Joins Smart-Speaker Race With Music-Focused 'HomePod'

06 Juin, 2017, 10:18 | Author: Claudine Rigal
  • Apple Joins Smart-Speaker Race With Music-Focused 'HomePod'

Apple made a number of announcements at its Worldwide Developers Conference Monday, but one feature may be a true life-saver.

The 10.5in iPad Pro gets a new A10x Fusion brain, which Apple reckons is more powerful than many current (non-Apple) laptops. We are sure that the future is going to be bright for the pair. Created to pair with an iPhone and play music via a user's Apple Music subscription, the device will also field queries and control other smart home devices thanks to Siri integration.

On the Mac front, Apple showed off High Sierra, the next version of MacOS. But with the company feeling pressure from rivals in the home computer and laptop spaces - and with many of its Mac lines having languished without significant updates for quite a while - many analysts were tipping an uncharacteristically hardware-heavy show, and that's exactly what we got.

The speaker has the "power to rock the house", according to Schiller, and the aim is to make HomePod a potent assistant for news, messages, weather, traffic, home controls and more. The protection is similar to what Google Home and Amazon's Echo speakers already offer.

"A big question mark for the new speaker, though, is whether Siri is good enough to power its own dedicated device".

"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".

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USA Today reported that Apple Senior Vice President of Software Engineering Craig Federighi announced at the San Jose, California, conference that a "Do Not Disturb While Driving" mode will be available on iPhone and iPads this fall. The previously available 9.7-inch Pro appears to have been put out to pasture, presumably to avoid confusion with the standard non-Pro iPad, which is the same size. Apple also unveiled the high-end iMac Pro coming in December starting at about $5,000. Augmented reality is the blending of the physical and virtual worlds.

Apple told the developers they were overhauling the App Store, giving it a fresh look, and beginning to add the floor plans of shops and airports to its map program.

The new MacBook, Apple says, features SSDs 50 per cent faster than the previous model and with support for up to twice as much RAM.

With the next version of the iOS system for mobile devices, messages will sync in the cloud.

This year, Apple is looking to change its iPad just a little more than it has in recent years.

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