Apple Launches HomePod-A Smart Speaker for Homes

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Siri has a bunch of new features including translation from English to other languages like Mandarin and Spanish, by simply saying it in English. The speaker retails for $349 and won't hit store shelves until December.

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Apple on Monday unveiled its "HomePod" speaker as it moved to challenge Amazon Alexa and Google Home as a smart home and music hub.

Not shy of making bold claims, Apple claim HomePod is a "breakthrough wireless speaker for the home that delivers wonderful audio quality".

Improved machine learning capacity for Siri, plus a greater selection of Siri "voices". Or make that new voices, with a male version of Siri is getting a refresh, too. Apple, by contrast, has been stubborn about letting outsiders tap the power of Siri, and the company has fallen behind as a result. The smartwatch promises to learn about your routines to figure out what information to display. Safari is adding autoplay blocking, so videos don't start playing without your approval. The device will also help Apple get users locked into its ecosystem more tightly. Augmented reality is the blending of the physical and virtual worlds. In a demo, the company showed how someone could instantly place an image of a cup of coffee - or an elaborate battle scene - on a live camera image of a table.

Most firms have actually been increasing their price estimates for Apple's stock (symbol: AAPL), anticipating big sales this fall for the company's much-touted but yet-to-be-revealed iPhone 8.

There, Apple shares the lead with Chinese company Xiaomi, whose fitness tracking wristbands are mostly sold in China.

So rather than let you try and fail to ask HomePod anything, Apple focused on making it somewhat competent at a few categories of questions. For starters, the new macOS is called macOS high Sierra. New iMacs and MacBook laptops start shipping Monday. The company also released a new computer, the iMac Pro.

New features coming to iPhones and iPads include messages that sync to Apple servers in the cloud.

For photos, Apple is replacing JPEGs with a new format meant to reduce file sizes. 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.

Apple is taking on money-sharing apps like Venmo and Square Cash, as you'll be able to use Apple Pay to send friends money via chat. The poll also found that Siri is already used more often than intelligent assistants like Cortana, Alexa, and Google Assistant.

And Apple will have a new "do not disturb" mode for driving.

It's also adding a feature to block notifications while the phone is in Car Play mode.

Apple has announced its new software and hardware during the keynote address at its annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in San Jose McEnery Convention Center.

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