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Apple pushes Siri to the fore at annual developer conference

08 June 2017

"It is the biggest brain inside a speaker", Apple's marketing honcho Phil Schiller said in the WWDC keynote address.

In addition to updating hardware and its major operating systems including tvOS, iOS, macOS and watchOS, a few other updates stood out. Apple's deep community of developers helps it compete against Google and Amazon.

The Siri watch face uses machine learning and goes on to determine the information most useful to the user of the watch.

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Monday's launch was also unusual by Apple standards.

The 21.5-inch model can have up to 32GB of RAM, while the 27-inch can have twice that at 64GB of RAM.

Apple is also refreshing its notebooks, with the Macbook and MacBook Pro moving to faster processors and faster solid-state hard drives.

Also, HomePod is also compatible with Apple services like iMessage and HomeKit.

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A prototype Apple HomePod is seen during the annual Apple Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in San Jose, California, U.S. June 5, 2017.

Control Center: Apple has gone ahead and completely redesigned the Control Center, which is where users swipe up to access the most important settings. Apple is clearly trying to position its desktop and laptop computers to appeal more to creative professionals, including game developers. Augmented reality is the blending of the physical and virtual worlds. Apple also claims moving images and text will become more streamlined with drag and drop.Meanwhile, Apple is making an augmented reality push with iOS 11 across iPads and iPhones.

At around 17.8cm tall, the HomePod is wrapped in a mesh fabric and comes in white and grey.

By using the Apple Pay app within iMessage, users will be able to select an amount from their wallet, authenticate with TouchID, and send payments instantly to other iOS users. "I don't think it will be the next iPhone", Blau said of HomePod, "but, Apple could gain share and be a leader". It's more than a smart speaker, though, according to Apple. The app will also display the speed limit of the road you're driving on and let you know what lane you should be in. To show the tools off, Apple invited Wingnut AR, the company formed by "Lord of the Rings" director Peter Jackson, on stage. The 10.5-inch model starts at $649 with 64GB of memory. Finally, one can also get a whopping 4TB of SSD storage.

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Apple Inc on Monday introduced the HomePod, a voice-controlled speaker that can make music suggestions and adjust home temperatures, taking aim at Amazon.com Inc's Alexa feature and Echo devices.

Apple is hoping a new smart home speaker will strike a chord with music lovers - the latest test of the iPhone maker's ability to redefine markets originally staked out by its rivals.

The HomePod is a music-first device and a voice-enabled speaker next. (It appears to be a touchscreen with volume controls and a Siri animation.) Will it work with other music services like Spotify? The HomePod supports an upgraded version of Siri which can provide a number of specialized music-related features, such as discovery by genre or mood, and supplemental information such as recording credits, history, and related music. Apple says the added cost is for the more premium speaker experience it offers over the Amazon Echo, which costs $179.