Apple 'HomePod' speaker to take on Amazon, Google

Digitimes previously reported that the upstream supply chain's shipments for Apple's new 10.5-inch iPad Pro have been increasing recently and the device's monthly shipment volume is expected to grow to 600,000 units in July, up from around 500,000 units now, helping its annual shipments to reach five million units in 2017.

New features like Files app, Dock, a new way of multitasking using Split View, and the addition of Drag and Drop.

Apple has announced it is is launching a smart home speaker and electronic assistant called HomePod, created to compete with Amazon's Echo and Google's Home devices. Making the most of it will require a subscription to Apple's own music streaming service, which runs $10 to $15 per month and has attracted 27 million subscribers so far. As market analyst Paul Verna, from eMarketer, said: "Whenever these companies try to freeze each other out, everybody suffers".

This is something which it has been criticised for, especially following the San Bernadino shooting.

Apple is calling it HomePod and it will cost $350. You can ask Siri to pay someone or use Messages to send money or get paid. Rather, it can also serve as a great entertainment device as well given that it relies on spatial awareness technology that makes the speaker better aware of the space it is in.

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Cook also launched iOS 11 with over 10 new features. The news that Apple is assisting United Kingdom law enforcement is not surprising but comes at a pivotal time.

A feature which should've preceded the voice-enabled personal assistants, Siri has finally been endowed with the ability to converse via texts.

Users can also now authenticate payments using Touch ID.

This comes as competition increases, with devices such as Google's Chromebook and Microsoft's Surface eating into Apple's tablet market share. However, passengers, who are riding, not driving can disable the feature.

It is not clear how it would differentiate drivers from passengers.

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The trend-setting company also is putting new twists on existing products as it delves deeper into virtual reality and a form of artificial intelligence called machine learning. Although the format is not exclusive to Apple, it's not yet clear how well the photos will work with non-Apple software and devices, which mostly use JPEG. So when it introduced new features for High Sierra's Safari that kill autoplay videos and stop cross-site tracking, it was for you (the customer).

More than 35 million people in the US are expected to use a voice-activated speaker at least once a month this year, more than doubling from last year, according the research firm eMarketer.

The Pro seems to be designed specifically with virtual reality (VR) and heavy graphics rendering workloads in mind, much of which will be powered by the new Radeon Pro Vega GPU.

The new iPads will be available from next week, and include a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera as well as a 7-megapixel camera at the front of the device. ProMotion also improves display quality and reduces power consumption by automatically adjusting the display refresh rate to match the movement of the content.

Apple's "True Tone" display will dynamically adjust the white balance4 of the display to match the light around the user for a more natural viewing experience.

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