Apple announces iOS11 and other tech features at WWDC

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Apple's throwing its hat into the "smart speaker" arena.

But this isn't just any home speaker. It wouldn't even be the first time that Apple's nodded at HAL. Here's everything you need to know about it. The HomePod includes an Apple-designed four-inch woofer for a deeper bass and seven beam-forming tweeters for high frequency acoustics. It looks a little like the 2013 Apple Mac Pro converted into a speaker with a similar shape design; it's also looks a bit like the UE Wonderboom but larger. It will be priced at a (surprisingly expensive) $349 and come in white and space grey.

The post Apple "HomePod" speaker to take on Amazon, Google appeared first on Vanguard News. This isn't an uncommon arrangement as there are a number of speakers that use this sort of arrangement to offer 360-degree sound. The speaker is spatially aware, so that it can sense its location in the room, and uses six microphones so that it can be voice-activated from anywhere in the room. But Apple says the device is able to scan the room it's in for optimal audio output.

Introduced at the end of today's WWDC keynote, HomePod is a Siri-equipped smart speaker that specializes in music. We suspect that it's going to be a little better than the Beats Pill... With the Apple Music integration, and the ability of users to move over their music library to the HomePod, it is no surprise that the introduction video is all about music. The new speaker establishes a bulwark inside the home to lock customers more tightly into these services.

Users say "Hi Siri" followed by their command to trigger Apple's intelligent personal assistant to change the light setting, pause the TV or close the blinds. Security is a big concern in smart home devices.

"There is so much momentum building around these speakers that it would be hard for Apple not to come out with one", said industry analyst Patrick Moorhead of Moor Insights & Strategy.

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It is also created to work with Apple Music subscriptions, able to access your music library and make recommendations based on song history.

Chief executive Mr Cook, referencing the company's iTunes service and iPod, said: "Just like portable music, we would like to reinvent home music".

In addition, Cook said Apple, headquartered in Cupertino, Northern California, now has 16 million registered software developers worldwide for its consumer electronics, including smartphone known as iPhone, and 3 million of them were added previous year.

As expected, Apple unveiled an Amazon Echo and Google Home-competitor of sorts with the new HomePod, bringing Siri into the living room for voice commands at home without having to reach for an iOS device or Mac.

Apple will have to compete with other tech giants over software smarts you can't see, where it's lagged recently.

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