Apple 'HomePod' speaker to take on Amazon, Google

It had been rumoured in recent months that Apple would be introducing a smart, stand-alone Siri speaker, similar in functionality to products such as Amazon Alexa and Google Home.

Cook unveiled a series of software updates for all Apple's products and three new products.

The company has paid out more than $70 billion to developers and given that 160 billion apps have been downloaded to date, it's clear Apple sees this as a strength of its business going forward.

This comes as competition increases, with devices such as Google's Chromebook and Microsoft's Surface eating into Apple's tablet market share.

It is the first new device Apple has announced in nearly three years.

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Therefore, offering better sound quality might not necessarily be the tipping factor that will put HomePod sales into overdrive.

Apple's Siri assistant will be integrated into the $349 speaker, and can make music recommendations that pair with the company's Apple Music service, send text messages, check news and sports scores and control compatible home gadgets like light bulbs and thermostats.

The sound technology on the HomePod supports echo cancellation to detect when users speak, room-sensing awareness to optimize audio output, and automatic detection of other speakers to balance sound and deliver the best experience possible.

In earlier articles, we covered all the reasons why the product will definitely sell a few million units, but we also raised a question about long-term sustainability unless Apple made some serious moves with Siri's skills for various tasks.

The old 9.7-inch iPad Pro has been killed off in favour of the 10.5-inch version.

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Apple fans favourite online store the AppStore also gets an upgrade where the new store will make discovering apps and games easier than ever before.

And the operating system for mobile devices is getting a major update with iOS 11. It maxes out with an 18-core processor and a 5K display and retails for $4,999.

Cook also announced the most powerful Mac to date, the iMac Pro. It will be available in the retail market in December.

Apple has given Siri new male and female voices, described as more natural and expressive, and added abilities such as translating English phrases into Chinese, French, German, Italian or Spanish.

New photo editing tools, as well as filtering tools based on machine learning which can sort images by keywords and faces, will refresh the Photos app in High Sierra too.

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Anyhow, Amazon Prime Video should be excellent news for those who own an Apple TV and are subscribed to Amazon Prime, since they'll finally have access to Amazon's stellar array of original content, in addition to the wide library of films and non-original TV shows available on the video streaming service.

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