New smart speaker expected as Apple kicks off conference

Apple unveils'HomePod speaker first new product in years

Yet Apple wants to directly compete against the likes of Amazon's Echo and the Google Home, and has built its smart assistant Siri into the speaker. And so we wanted something that, No. 1, sounded unbelievable. The smart assistant has been selling well ever since and has inspired a host of lookalikes and copies, most notably, the Google Home. From initial images it appears the HomePod will be available in white or dark grey. Based on what has been revealed so far, the HomePod is Internet of Things-ready, which can have numerous implications by its very nature.

Apple has finally dived into the market of the smart speaker to take on Amazon Echo, Google Home. It's also more expensive than Echo View ($230) and Echo Dot ($50).

We heard rumors that Apple would be launching a new Siri Speaker, the device is now official and it is called the HomePod. But the product seems directly inspired by existing smart speakers from Amazon and Google. He told the newspaper that the HomePod is "a little different philosophically" from his own company's Amazon Echo.

Secondly, it suffers from the same compatibility issues as any other Apple product: it only plays Apple Music. You can also ask HomePod to control HomeKit devices and adjust the air conditioning or lights. But their approaches are different.

Apple also used its annual developer meeting - its largest ever with some 5,000-people attending - to announce the next version of its mobile operating system - iOS 11 - which will include a new setting for people who use their iPhone in the vehicle. 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.

The Apple HomePod has seven tweeter speakers and one woofer placed inside a rather round and squarish casing. Apple wowed developers with a new platform to make augmented reality apps, as well.

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