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Siri invading your home with a new Apple speaker

11 June 2017

Siri will be voice activated to respond to requests for information and other help around the house.

Whenever Apple announces a new iPhone, it tends to release in within a matter of weeks. From what Cupertino showed off at WWDC today, the HomePod looks like a small version of the trashcan-shaped Mac Pro, with little more than speaker grilles adorning its exterior.

Beyond an overly exhaustive list of incremental software features, Apple's new products offered little in the way of meaningful incremental profit opportunities.

Apple's new iMacs are getting brighter displays and graphics capabilities, which Apple says makes the Mac a great platform for developing virtual-reality experiences. While imagining Apple entering these waters doesn't seem impossible, given how the company masters nearly anything it thinks it will - a former Apple employee begs to differ.

Apple has put specific focus on making sure the sound coming from the HomePod is as high-quality as possible.

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Apple is late to the game on VR, though.

The new 10.5-inch model reduces the borders by almost 40 percent to fit into an incredibly compact package that still weighs just one pound.

Siri, who hasn't always been known to get the gist, has been heavily updated by Apple to better understand context, the firm says, and in HomePod will be able to answer user queries and details about music when prompted using the voice command "Hey, Siri".

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

The watchOS 4 brings more intelligence and fitness features to Apple Watch.

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"For now", Husson said, "Amazon is ahead of the curve and more advanced with Alexa, but this is a marathon".

The HomePod has a cylindrical shape like the Mac Pro, but it's shorter and stockier.

The HomePod speaker stands just under seven inches (18 cm) tall and is covered in fabric mesh that will come in white or gray. Many saw them as underpowered and, truthfully, not worthy of the Pro moniker they carry. The HomePod uses an Apple A8 processor to dynamically model and adjust its acoustics to match the properties of the room it's placed in, and two HomePods can be combined to create a stereo sound system.

There were also a couple of updates to Apple's web browser, Safari, including a speed boost that makes it, according to Apple, the fastest ever desktop browser.

A parade of executives followed Cook unto the stage and unveiled a series of updates to Apple's hardware, software and mobile applications, or apps, including iMac desktop computer, MacBook laptop machine, iPad, Apple Watch, iOS software operating system and App Store.

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Siri invading your home with a new Apple speaker