WWDC 2017: Apple introduces smart compact music speaker

In a blog post Technalysis Research founder Bob O'Donnell depicted Apple's latest product news as an affirmation that the company has not fallen behind competitors and is working to take advantage of potentially exciting new technologies.

The new iOS 11 will be rolled out later this year and will bring a slew of new features to iMessage in iCloud person-to-person payments with Apple Pay, Siri enhancements, and more. iOS 11 also brings HEVC for video recording at high quality while consuming less space. This year virtual reality is a factor; the new iMacs will also support graphics for VR content creation. Compared to Amazon.com's (NASDAQ: AMZN) immensely popular Echo, which starts at $180, that's a pretty hefty premium that Apple is now tasked with justifying to consumers. Apple isn't saying, and it's probably going to stay that way until we get closer to HomePod's launch in December.

The price of this speaker is much more than the Amazon Echos and Google Homes.

Activated by voice with Apple's natural language user interface Siri, it will have access to Apple Music, a music-streaming service.

Speaking at the conference earlier today, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing Philip Schiller said that the device will "reinvent home music. just like the iPod reinvented music in our pockets". Apple plans to ship it in December-first to customers in the U.S., U.K., and Australia.

Apple HomePod is the smart speaker that wants to be at the center of your home audio experience, and that's great news for iPhone and iPad users.

A survey released last month by research firm eMarketer found Echo speakers held 70.6 percent of the U.S. market, compared with 23.8 percent for Google Home and 5.6 percent for others including Lenovo, LG, Harmon Kardon and Mattel. The research firm eMarketer says than 35 million people in the USA are expected to use a voice-activated speaker at least once a month this year, more than double its estimate from last year.

Ahead of Apple's launch, the competition has upgraded their speakers with support for making voice calls, while Amazon's gained a touchscreen.

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This year's developers conference will be the first since 2013 to introduce new hardware.

Apple is also updating the operating software for its Apple Watch, including new watch faces, more personalized alerts that use machine learning to tailor information to you based on your routines and tastes.

Analysts said the smart home speaker market is ripe for Apple. Alphabet's (NASDAQ: GOOG) (NASDAQ: GOOGL) Google Home is quickly trying to catch up with third-party Actions, but is nowhere near 10,000.

The Wall Street Journal says Amazon has already sold $1 billion worth of product in its Echo smart speaker range, which utilises the company's virtual assistant Alexa.

Apple had plenty of other announcements.

In addition, CNN reports, Obama also urged the audience to get more people of color involved in the tech industry as well. It's a software developer kit that allows developers to create augmented reality apps.

Safari, Apple's web browser, is getting new features aimed at online annoyances. It will not block the ads themselves, though. Well, the HomePod is easily the best of the three in terms of overall performance - but you'd expect that given it's also the most expensive. Google, meanwhile, previewed new speaker features such as hands-free phone calling during its software conference last month. Apple also laid some groundwork for augmented reality, the projection of digital features onto real-world surroundings, by giving app developers tools for incorporating AR into their products. Later, BuzzFeed News had reported that both brands have finalised a deal.


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