Is Apple Ready To Unveil Smart Speaker?

The wireless home speaker offers support for Apple Music, voice control, home assistant functions, and advanced audio quality features.

Another key aspect is Apple's Siri software, able to give you intelligence on track titles and other information you'd like to find out.

Apple's Kevin Lynch speaks about the Apple Watch announcement of new products at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, Calif., Monday, June 5, 2017.

"Though Apple appears to be playing catch up with Amazon and Google, the primary casualty here may be Sonos".

Amazon introduced the Echo speaker, featuring its Alexa assistant, in 2015. Google Home followed in October and Microsoft's assistant, Cortana, is also finding a home in home speakers. Both speakers can respond to voice requests for the news, weather and tasks such as turning on the lights. Spending on smart home related hardware, services and installation fees will reach US$155 billion by 2022, up from nearly US$90 billion this year, with devices accounting for about half of that, the consulting firm also estimates. That is about to change, however, when the Homepod is set to hit the market in December.

For a considerable period, Amazon was the clear leader when it comes to the world of speakers-as-digital-assistants.

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Apple boss Tim Cook said the event was "the best and biggest WWDC ever". For Apple, having one would further broaden the role that its software, services and gadgets play in people's lives. They can use the money instantly to send to someone, make purchases using Apple Pay in stores, apps and on the web, or transfer it from Apple Pay Cash to their bank account. He claimed this year's WWDC is the largest of the kind for the technology company.

"This is a chance to reinvent music", said Apple's marketing SVP Phil Schiller. When the product was unveiled, it became pretty obvious which companies Apple wanted to compete with.

The new HomePod has all of the features of Siri that we know like the ability to DJ, answer questions and control a room.

For photos, Apple is turning to a "high efficiency" format to replace the widely used JPEG standard.

Amazon Prime Video is coming to Apple TV soon, filling a gaping hole in the Apple TV app lineup. But this year, Apple took the opportunity to announce not just a smart speaker, but also a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro, a professional-centric iMac Pro all-in-one desktop computer, as well as updated versions of the iMac and MacBook Pro computers.


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