Apple's making an Amazon Echo competitor called 'HomePod'

Apple unveils 'HomePod' speaker, first new product in years

Apple unveils 'HomePod' speaker, first new product in years

It starts shipping later this year in the USA, United Kingdom and Australia.

In terms of hardware, Apple clearly is at par with Google Home and Amazon Echo on paper.

Like devices by Amazon and Google, Apple's HomePod speaker can respond to questions and control smart home gadgets such as lights. Jan Dawson, chief analyst with Jackdaw Research, says the price is good for a high-end audio device.

The Cupertino, Calif., company announced Monday at its annual World Wide Developers Conference in San Jose the HomePod, a home speaker with Apple's digital assistant Siri built into it. It uses Siri to learn your taste based on your previous choices to stream the songs that you like.

And if you're a tablet kind of person, besides seemingly being in an exclusive company these days, Apple is trying to hold your attention or wallet with the new iPad Pro. Then in October 2016, Google unveiled its smart speaker, the Home.

Siri now also has a male American voice, and is said to be more expressive due to a new visual interface.

Apple is making a competitor to Amazon's Echo speaker, and it features a familiar voice: Siri. Apple said that makes the Mac a great platform for development virtual-reality "experiences".

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During Monday's WWDC keynote, Apple spent more time playing up the speaker's music and audio capabilities and barely mentioned that it's a new way to experience Siri. That would help combat the competitive threat from Google's and Amazon's connected speakers: the Home and Echo mostly don't support services from Apple. The speaker is powered by an Apple A8 ARM chip, the same one that was used in iPhones a few generations ago.

Virtual reality has been described as the next big thing for decades.

I have to add that it is a bit surprising that Apple is this late when it comes to voice-command speakers. But so far, interest has been strongest among gamers, developers and hardware makers rather than everyday users.

Apple Watch has emerged as the market leader for smartwatches - but it has competition after including basic fitness trackers in the count.

The new iPad Pro is displayed during the 2017 Apple Worldwide Developer Conference. That size offers room for a full-size keyboard, something the 9.7 inch model couldn't.

The HomePod will cost $349 and will be available in December 2017 in a choice of white or space grey. The bullet points include updates to Apple's operating systems for everything, from the TV to Watch to mobile devices and computers. These devices will only keep the most recent messages in local storage.

Their battery charge should last for 10 hours, and Apple has included a new technology it called ProMotion, which will deliver higher refresh rates for the display. 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. Apple will also have new tools for organizing photos and creating sharable videos. People who own an Amazon Kindle or a Google Chromecast web-streaming connector for TV sets are more likely to gravitate to other technology from those companies or, in the case of Amazon, fill up their digital shopping carts more often. Investors keep close tabs on Apple's margins, and Apple optimizes its business to meet its gross-margin range.

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