Apple HomePod Siri Speaker Promises Amazing Sound Quality

As far as availability of Apple HomePod is concerned, it will be available in December starting with regions like the U.S, the United Kingdom and Australia.

Apple also said it was making its virtual assistant Siri more aware of context, enabling it to recommend and remind users more accurately based on how they use their device.

However, at the time, it was widely assumed that Amazon had made the decision to stop selling its competitors' streaming products in order to bolster sales of its Fire TV products, which offer similar capabilities to the Apple TV.

At $349, the HomePod is more expensive than the most-expensive Amazon Echo - the $230 Echo Show - and the Google Home, priced at $129. With regards to Apple's rumored Siri speaker, there are a few things Apple can do to differentiate it from competing devices, one of which is to provide a vastly superior audio experience.

HomePod doubles as a home assistant since it's powered by Siri. Before, transactions had been limited to products and services from businesses and institutions.

Apple "can't afford to yield valuable real-estate in the heart of people's homes to Amazon, Google and others, " said Geoff Blaber, research analyst at CCS Insight.

The free software update for mobile devices, iOS 11, is expected in September, when Apple typically releases new iPhones.

Executives also unveiled new MacBooks, iMacs and iPads at the conference, which for the past three years has focused exclusively on software.

The technology giant also announced a new software kit for developers called ARKit, which will enabled app developers to build augmented reality apps on Apple's platforms more easily. Apple also laid some groundwork for augmented reality, the projection of digital features onto real-world surroundings, by giving app developers tools for incorporating AR into their products.

Apple's entry into the market could change this.

Apple senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi said the next Mac operating system will be named "High Sierra" in tribute to the California mountain range.

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. The device is covered in black or white mesh and looks like the top of a microphone.

"It will reinvent home audio", said Apple CEO Tim Cook.

Apple is expected to announce plans for a speaker on Monday.

The lack of a breakthrough device has periodically raised concerns that Apple has become too dependent on the iPhone. If the speculation pans out, the speaker would be Apple's first new product since its smartwatch in 2015.

Still, the Apple Watch hasn't been a smash hit, fueling worries that the company's ability to transfix customers had waned after the 2011 death of co-founder Steve Jobs. It would mark an effort by Apple to catch up with Amazon and Google.

  • Zachary Reyes