Apple WWDC: The Highlights From Apple's Big Conference

09 June, 2017, 09:21 | Author: Roberto Lindsey
  • Apple WWDC: The Highlights From Apple's Big Conference

But is the £270 device good enough to topple the Amazon Echo and Google Home?

The "HomePod" speaker unveiled at Apple's annual developers conference is similar to rival devices that have been released during the past two years.

In addition, the insider claimed that the production of the iPhone 8 - or iPhone X, as the user refers to it as - and the Apple home speaker have both been delayed. With Siri most widely used on iPhone, Apple risked missing out on the daily, at-home tasks consumers increasingly use Echo or Home for - reminders, calendars, music.

The device comes equipped with Siri and shares the iPhone 6 processor, Apple's A8 chip.

Apple's Tim Cook dusted off the "one last thing" gag for the finale of its WWDC17 keynote, revealing the new HomePod speaker.

Also, in important news for the upcoming macOS release, High Sierra, there will be an update to Safari that helps block site trackers and autoplaying videos - something that seems to be an epidemic on media sites right now and it drives me, personally, insane. The company skipped its normal spring product launch event this year, so it would make sense for the company to announce an update to iPad Pro, a competitor to the Microsoft Surface, as well as its laptops. In accordance with the audiophile theme, Siri on the HomePod will gain a new knowledge base that Apple calls "Musicologist", allowing it to answer questions such as, "Who's the drummer on this track?" Apple said that makes the Mac a great platform for development virtual-reality "experiences".

Spieth chases Lingmerth as Johnson falters at Memorial
He's followed it up with four straight pars and two consecutive birdies, putting him at 13-under and six shots clear of the field. Spieth joined Daniel Summerhays at six under, while fellow Americans Lucas Glover and Justin Thomas are at five under.

Never count Apple and its many millions of fans out. The new model will begin shipping on Monday. So far, the service has limited payments to purchases of products and services from companies and other organizations.

The money can be stored on a virtual card and used with Apple Pay, which Apple expects will be accepted in 50 percent of US retailers by the end of the year.

Apple also shared the latest version of watchOS4, which continues to put the emphasis on the Apple Watch as a fitness device.

About 5,300 developers from 75 countries were expected to attend this year's conference, which returned to San Jose for the first time in 15 years (it had been in San Francisco's Moscone Center). Only after gabbing on and on about its sound quality and elegance did he throw up a final slide of the limited range of non-music voice assistance HomePod can provide. It would be Apple's first new product since its smartwatch in 2015.

The lack of a breakthrough device has periodically raised concerns that Apple has become too dependent on the iPhone and supported the theory that the company lost its knack for innovation when its co-founder Steve Jobs died of cancer in 2011. With a seven-tweeter array and a four-inch subwoofer, the HomePod should deliver substantially better sound than Amazon or Google's equivalents. It would mark an effort by Apple to catch up with Amazon and Google.

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