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

Todd Singleton
June 7, 2017

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

Cook said that despite objections by the United Kingdom government to the use of end-to-end encryption in apps like iMessage and WhatsApp, there was lots of information tech companies could share in the form of metadata. But more importantly, the security remains encrypted.

Apple Pay will get easier to use payments between friends using cards in your Wallet via Siri voice commands.

Apple senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi said the next Mac operating system will be named "High Sierra" in tribute to the California mountain range.

Sporting a healthy hardware specification in the form of seven tweeters, a six microphone array, and Apple's A8 mobile processor, the HomePod has the hardware guts to workout how to balance sound playback for the room it is in and carry out voice-controlled functions such as relay the weather forecast, set reminders, send messages and provide stocks and sports updates, all via Siri.

Developers have been given CoreML, HomeKit, SiriKit and MusicKit in order to develop apps and programmes to support Apple's augmented reality vision and upgradation of support for smart home, its personal assistant and music app.

The headline announcement was Apple's new HomePod, a smart speaker which will be competing with the Amazon Echo and Google Home.

Here we take a look at the iOS 11 features for iPhone and iPad.

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Apple's latest software iOS 11 has made it much easier to record any snap someone sends you, Mic reported.

Apple also may introduce its next Mac computer, along with the next operating system powering the machine.

Next up in tech is Apple's new version of macOS is called High Sierra which is launched with new Safari browser. In fact, the refresh rate can auto adjust depending on whether it is a video or an image that is getting displayed. It will block videos that start playing automatically, for instance, and can also prevent ads from following and profiling users.

Siri also has a new screen in the Apple Watch which presents data and information that may echo earlier behaviour at a similar time of day or the week. The new 10.5-inch model reduces the borders by almost 40% to fit into a package that weighs just one pound, according to the vendor.

The new iPad features a 10.5-inch (2224x1668) LED-backlit Multi-Touch display which is 20 percent larger than the 9.7-inch model. It's also what Microsoft is targeting with the Surface Pro; a new model comes out on June 15. The HomePod will take Siri from iPhones into more homes and turn it into a hub for Apple's other products and services. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro is available in silver, space gray and gold and starts at US$799 for the 64GB Wi-Fi model and US$929 for the 64GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model.

Apple said that watch wearers will be able to link their devices with the gym equipment through NFC.

He announced that Amazon's video app will come to Apple's TV streaming box later this year.

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