Apple unveils smart home assistant HomePod

Moreover, this HomePod is more expensive as compared to Amazon Echo and Google Home. Siri will be voice activated to respond to requests for information and other help around the house.

Apple on Monday announced iOS 11, bringing new experiences and loads of new features to iPhone and iPad this fall. It unveiled the Apple Watch in September 2014. Apple has added the ability to edit Live Photos so users can change the best still image or trim a video. iOS also includes a new control center, which relies on 3D Touch and condenses most controls on the lower half of the screen.

New Control CentreThe Control Centre has been redesigned a little, which now looks like a more widget-like appearance instead of a list of actions that can be performed.

HomePod will be made publicly available from December 2017 in the US, UK and Australia for $349.

Sixteen years ago, Apple revolutionized the technology industry when it released the first iPod. Smart speakers like the Echo allow for voice interaction but (according to Apple) don't sound that great.

A new Apple HomePod smart speaker is seen on display during Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference.

But Apple is late to the game on VR. Google Maps already does both. Facebook, HTC and Sony have high-end VR systems, too. But so far, interest has been strongest among gamers, developers and hardware makers rather than everyday users.

The Pencil also gets new functionality that makes the iPad easier to use. "What Siri learns about you on device is kept synced across all of your devices and kept completely private, readable on all of your devices". You cannot only use the device to turn on the lights but also the temperature of your air conditioning system and even set an alarm clock to wake you up.

Consumer spending on smart home related products and services will reach almost $90 billion this year and reach $155 billion by 2022, according to consultant Strategy Analytics.

iOS 11 is the biggest software release ever for iPad, with powerful multitasking features, the Files app and more ways to use Apple Pencil. Jan Dawson, chief analyst with Jackdaw Research, says the price is good for a high-end audio device. Apple said all communications are encrypted.

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Siri, meanwhile, is getting a new voice. It will not block the ads themselves, though. The new model starts at $649 and will start shipping next week.

It also enhanced its workout app to, for instance, support high intensity interval training.

Apple said that watch wearers will be able to link their devices with the gym equipment through NFC.

Yes, Amazon Prime Video will soon be accessible via the Apple TV, allowing Amazon Prime members to stream Amazon's lineup of original content such as The Man in the High Castle, Emmy-winning Transparent, and a lot more on their Apple-branded streaming box.

  • Zachary Reyes