It is said so as the AppleHomePod, which is a 7-inch smart speaker has abilities to play music, check the news and control the other connected devices. Amazon introduced the Echo way back in 2014, and Google started shipping its competitor, Google Home, last year. The assistant speaker or rather "musicologist" as Apple likes to call it will not be available for sale until December, and it is unclear if the device will ever debut in India. Apple referred to the "ambient" parts like background piano music as distinct from the more central parts like the vocals. With Siri most widely used on iPhone, Apple risked missing out on the daily, at-home tasks consumers increasingly use Echo or Home for - reminders, calendars, music.
Sitting around 18 centimetres tall, the HomePod integrates one of Apple's A8 chips with an eight-speaker array - one upward-firing woofer and seven tweeters, alongside six directional microphones to pick up your voice anywhere around a room and send it off to Siri.
During its developers conference, Apple highlighted the difference between the HomePod and the Echo, saying that while the Echo was "smart" compared to wireless speakers such Sonos' offerings, its sound quality left much to be desired.
"It's a logical step for Apple, to ensure that they don't miss the opportunity to get a smart device right in the centre of people's homes", said Ben Wood, an industry analyst at CCS Insight.
The moves announced Monday escalate Apple's technological battle of wits with Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Facebook.
Amazon declined to comment on whether it will again sell Apple TVs. Even then, Apple says it won't know who you are - it'll just get an anonymous ID to help process a response.
Desktop: Apple also announced a new iMac Pro, which will cost $4,999 and will be available in December. The uncertainties lie in how many Google developers and customers will defect. But Apple occasionally also uses the event to introduce new devices and services and upgrades to existing products. Apple is clearly trying to position its desktop and laptop computers to appeal more to creative professionals, including game developers.
Apple replaced record collections with the iPod and earned front pocket real estate with the iPhone.
In comparison to Amazon's Alexa, users may notice Siri's lack of capabilities as wider features such as being able to make orders using voice control have not yet been added. If you're an Apple Music member, the HomePod can access Apple Music's full catalog, as well as tap into machine learning to learn about your music preferences and suggest songs and artists you might like.
Apple had plenty of other announcements. Developers will keep an eye out for hints about new capabilities in the next iPhone, such as so-called augmented reality, in which digital information is overlaid on real-world images. A representative from Wingnut AR, a studio owned by "Lord of the Rings" director Peter Jackson, demoed a more elaborate AR battle onstage. Given the hundreds of millions of Apple mobile devices in use, that will create the largest augmented reality platform in the world "overnight", executives said.
There's no firm date on when AppleTV users can stream The Man In The High Castle to their dystopic hearts' content; Apple CEO Tim Cook said only that it will happen "later this year".
A new Watch OS was also previewed, with new features and advancements mostly in the Watch, Fitness and Activity areas. The company also says that it will be more sensitive to the context of a user's question or information.
Valverde stepped down as Athletic Bilbao boss this week and had his farewell press conference with the Basque club on Wednesday. He then led Olympiacos to three league titles and two cups, and helped Bilbao win the 2015 Supercopa de Espana against Barca.
An Uber spokesperson said that the company is working with police and providing whatever information might be helpful. Family members could be heard sobbing at times as prosecutors read out a two-page description of the murder.
Tesla's founder, Elon Musk , threatened to quit White House advisory councils the president asked him to join if Trump pulls out. For the president, a withdrawal would reflect his "America First" approach to policy, unencumbered by worldwide obligations.
Over the weekend, Mili's team was axed from the tournament because of her looks, and her family says it's not fair. "Just because I look like a boy doesn't mean I am a boy", Mili told local TV station WOWT 6.
Thongnuam tried hard to take the fight to Praneeth in the second game, but the final outcome hardly looked in doubt. In Singapore, Christie stunned world number two Son Wan Ho in R16 before suffering a shock defeat to Lee Dong Keun.
President Donald Trump to keep the U.S. embassy in Israel in the city of Tel Aviv instead of relocating it to Jerusalem . Despite campaign promises to move the embassy to Jerusalem , Trump signed a waiver to keep the embassy in Tel Aviv.
State Department's undersecretary for political affairs, as a group of countries pressed for "urgent action" to ease the crisis. An emotional gathering of the Organization of American States ended with no consensus, other than an agreement to keep talking.
Defence minister Fikri Isik and other government ministers immediately left the capital, Ankara , for Sirnak, DHA reported. The helicopter crashed at 8:55 p.m. (1755 GMT), the military said, adding that an investigation was underway.
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Featuring next-generation Intel Xeon processors up to 18 cores, iMac Pro is created to handle the most demanding pro workflows. The iMac Pro will be available with an 8-core, 10-core or 16-core processor and Radeon Vega graphics.
It was a move supported by teachers, school boards and superintendents, who called the original funding increase inadequate. The governor also announced his plans to veto HB5501, which calls for a 60 percent decrease in funding for Visit Florida.
After posting $0.53 EPS for the previous quarter, Comcast Corporation's analysts now forecast -11.32 % negative EPS growth. The stock of Deckers Outdoor Corp (NYSE:DECK) has "Buy" rating given on Friday, February 3 by Canaccord Genuity.
Kellyanne Conway's husband swipes at Trump on Twitter
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Ravens bolster secondary, sign CBs Boykin, Shabazz
As a free agent in 2016, Boykin signed with the Carolina Panthers , who would release him just two months later. They added cornerbacks Brandon Boykin and Al-Hajj Shabazz to take the places of Young and Arrington.
Report suggests Russia hackers breached voting software firm
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New smart speaker expected as Apple kicks off conference
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Tiger Woods 'found by police asleep at the wheel'
It left players on the PGA Tour hopeful for better times, and not just on the golf course. "But I'm not a doctor", said Nicklaus. Nike announced Tuesday it would continue endorsing Tiger Woods following the golfer's DUI arrest over Memorial Day weekend.
London police report casualties in bridge incident, stabbings
A witness told CNN two men had entered a restaurant in the Borough Market area near London Bridge and stabbed two people inside. The force tweeted a warning telling people in the area to run to safety, hide and then call police if it is safe to do so.
US employers add modest 138K jobs; rate dips to 4.3 percent
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OneLogin suffers serious security breach
A problem was discovered with LastPass' browser extension in March, and now OneLogin has suffered a major data breach . OneLogin is now working with independent third-party security experts and law enforcement to investigate the intrusion.
Portland June 10 March Against Sharia Cancelled
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Depth a key factor now for Ducks, Predators in West finals
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Philippine airstrike kills 11 soldiers in 'friendly fire'
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