Apple takes on Amazon with voice-activated speaker

Like Amazon Alexa in her Echo, Google Assistant in her Home, and Microsoft Cortana's planned appearance in Harman Kardon's forthcoming Invoke speaker, Apple Siri in her HomePod represents an effort to take a voice-based computing interface beyond the desktop and mobile devices. Siri inside this speaker, will be able to do more, to play music from the Apple's streaming service.

Apple boss Tim Cook said the event was "the best and biggest WWDC ever".

"The price tag is notably higher than both Amazon and Google's smart home offerings", he pointed out, "and while it will no doubt appeal to Apple fans, there is little to suggest - at least from the initial details - that this will directly compete against those Echo and Home devices".

There are six microphones in HomePod, so it can handle voice commands - even when it's playing music - through Apple's digital assistant Siri.

The company is casting Siri as a music connoisseur that will learn and cater to the tastes of the HomePod's owners, as well as answer questions about the songs as they are played.

"This is a powerful home audio speaker first that also supports Siri", he told TechNewsWorld.

Australia will be one of the first countries to receive the rollout of HomePod units, which will be available in December 2017.

"We should expect to see a larger AR ecosystem develop around software and products to provide enhanced capabilities to the Apple AR features". Cook is aiming to double services revenue, which also includes products like iCloud and Apple Music, to around $50 billion by 2020.

New iMacs exposed Monday at Apple's yearly meeting for programming software engineers are showing signs of improvement showcases and graphics capacities.Apple gestured to a few best in class innovation patterns, revealing new gadget features addressing virtual reality, online protection and a type of artificial intelligence called machine learning. "It can interpret what you're saying and help you discover the music you love", Schiller said. Apple said that makes the Mac a great platform for developing virtual-reality "experiences", although the company didn't announce any consumer VR products. It will not actually block ads, though. Daryanani said Apple may also announce an iPad Pro with a faster processor in an attempt to revive its long-slumping tablet sales. It'll be available in white and Apple's usual space grey. According to Gizmodo, Apple users can now use Apple Pay via the upgraded iMessage app, using the TouchID fingerprint authentication, to quickly send payments all the time.

Apple's new operating system for iPhones and iPads, IOS 11, also created lots of excitement.