Apple on Monday introduced a music speaker , its first hardware since Apple Watch was rolled out two years ago, at this year's annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC ). This makes it not only a competitor to the Echo and Home, but also to home audio systems like those offered by Sonos and Bose. The HomePod will be priced at $349, more expensive than Amazon's $180 Echo or $50 Dot and Google's $129 Home.
It features the same advanced front- and back-facing cameras as iPhone 7, including a 12-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization, along with a 7-megapixel FaceTime HD camera . Apple says its Safari browser will try to guard your privacy by identifying and blocking data files that track you as you move from website to website.
Transferred money will go into a new Apple "Cash Card". "There is so much momentum building around these speakers that it would be hard for Apple not to come out with one", said industry analyst Patrick Moorhead of Moor Insights &Strategy.
Tapping Apple's Siri digital assistant, such a speaker is expected to serve as a butler as well as an outlet for listening to music. The HomePod was the final product announcement (the classic " one more thing") for this year's WWDC , and it stands as Apple's foray into the smart speaker market, which is now dominated by Amazon's Echo and Google's Google Home .
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Apple says it's giving more emphasis to sound quality, not just smarts. It's part of Apple's effort to entice professionals with tablets that can handle many tasks previously reserved for laptops. Translation features, which is still in beta, has been announced as well. The Smart Keyboard is available in charcoal gray for $159 (US) for the 10.5-inch iPad Pro and $169 (US) for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro with layouts for over 30 languages, including simplified Chinese, French, German, ...
Mail will use Spotlight to enhance searches, and let you split the compose window in full-screen view. Companies like Unity have already partnered with Apple to bring new VR SDKs to the Mac, while a developer kit for working with external graphics cards will be offered to those who want it.
Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of software engineering, speaks during an announcement of new products at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose , Calif., Monday, June 5, 2017. So if one deletes a message on their iPhone , then it is automatically deleted from their Mac or iPad and the reverse is true. Part of that will help people more easily shoot more complex, informative messages on the go.
As you would expect, the device relies heavily on its integration with Apple Music, with Apple's vice president of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller touting the music streaming service's access to over 40 million songs. Apple has introduced its latest gadget that of the HomePod. In the same way that you use a wake word to ask, say, Alexa for information, the HomePod will respond to "Hey, Siri" to provide information such as news, weather, sports results and traffic.
Then again, you might wonder if its "smart" capabilities are being downplayed due to Siri just not being as advanced as its competitors. Apple is poised to announce its own speaker at its annual conference for software programmers Monday.
You'll then be able to send that card to friends or family, or transfer it directly to your bank. Apple Pay's peer-to-peer function will arrive with the fall iOS 11 update, and will be compatible with iPhone, iPad and the Apple Watch when it arrives.
The new iPad Pro starts at $979 and $1199 for the smaller and larger models respectively. Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference, which opened June 5, could sound the death knell for almost 10,000 mobile travel apps. For photos, Apple is replacing JPEGs with a new format meant to reduce file sizes. At its WWDC conference in San José today, Apple spent a ton of time on the upcoming iOS 11 and its features.
Apple didn't discuss the privacy implications, though typically, the machine processing takes place on the device itself, rather than over the internet. The new iPad starts at $649 and will start shipping next week. He said that iOS 10 had almost 96 per cent satisfaction with 86 per cent iPhone users installing the update as compared to only seven per cent Android users who installed Android Nougat - the latest version of Google's operating system.
The company also updated its 13-inch MacBook Air with a 1.8GHz processor. Updates to the 12-inch MacBook and flagship 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros also included Intel's Kaby Lake processors to make the laptops more efficient, and could result in improved battery life.
Siri was introduced as a feature in the iPhone 4S in 2011, three years before Amazon came out with Alexa and the Echo. In addition to updating hardware and its major operating systems including tvOS, iOS , macOS and watchOS , a few other updates stood out.
While the team is looking to expand its capabilities, the HomePod will initially be able to perform a wealth of different actions and will also connect to HomeKit for an even more powerful experience. Amazon also offers a $49.99 Dot speaker and the $229.99 Echo Show , which features a screen . However, Apple AAPL, -0.98% stopped short of calling it a home assistant and thus a direct competitor to companies like Google Inc.
Apple Watch will also be able to communicate seamlessly with as much as 80% of all NFC-enabled gym equipment, according to Apple , such as commercial machinery from leading manufacturers like Cybex, Schwinn, and Life Fitness. The Apple Music app is getting a neat update, with automatic recommendations, multiple play lists, and a better UI. Music playlists can be set to start with workouts in the Workout app, too.
As for macOS, the new version of Apple's desktop operating system, it comes with a slight name change from Sierra to High Sierra , as well as a lot of improvements to Safari. The iMac Pro blends the super-thin design of the standard Apple all-in-one with the bleeding-edge productivity focus of the old Mac Pro, packing enough power to handle high-end tasks like 3D modelling for VR.
Apple today detailed the changes that are coming to the Apple Watch with watchOS 4 . Improvements to the Workout app will enable you to more accurately collect data from pool and HIIT workouts . You'll be able to simply tap your Apple Watch on an NFC reader in your gym equipment, and your Watch will automatically launch the workout app. Called Gym Connect, the new feature will work by pairing your watch via an NFC sensor on the equipment.
App Store customers have now downloaded more than 180 billion apps and Apple has paid out over $70 billion to developers since the store launched in 2008, making it the most vibrant software marketplace in the world. Notebooks: Apple said it's refreshing its notebooks, with the MacBook and MacBook Pro moving to faster processors and faster solid-state hard drives.
The HomePod is Apple's first new gadget in almost three years , following its announcement of the Apple Watch in September 2014. While Siri is one of the first modern voice assistants , Apple is one of the last of the tech giants to release a smart speaker , following Amazon Echo in 2015 and Google Home a year ago.
It's hard not to see all of this as a very important step towards merging iOS 11 and Mac OS into one do-it-all operating system for all Apple devices. Tapping Apple's Siri digital assistant, such a speaker is expected to serve as a butler as well as an outlet for listening to music. On the technology front, the company plans to open up its AI APIs to developers.
An internet-connected speaker called HomePod is coming in December for about $350. Apple knows it is not first to the game when it comes to smart speakers, so it is using the audio quality as the game changer. But to see that a tablet can actually power high-end photo or video editing or usher in new augmented reality experiences that could change gaming for ever is great for computing as a whole.But to see that a tablet can actually power high-end photo or video editing or usher in new ...
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) reacts during the first half of Game 2 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, Calif ., Sunday, June 4, 2017. They jumped from an NBA Finals record four turnovers in their Game 1 victory over the Cavaliers to a whopping 20 in their Game 2 victory . "There are a lot of people who take it to the extreme, whether it's, 'Oh, the Cavs don't have a chance, ' or 'The Warriors , it's over.' Can't listen ...
Cook may even lift the cover on a smart speaker based on the Siri virtual assistant. Naturally, I ran as fast I could to it to get as much time with the devices as I could. However, this year, it is widely expected that Apple will announce new hardware as well. That could include a reminder to make a call or a flight reservation.
So by that deeply-held belief the Golden State Warriors just held serve with their 132-113 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers to go up 2-0 in the NBA Finals on Sunday night. "They're going to keep coming". "We can do better job of getting him going early". They're going to try to get more offensive rebounds . We know how hard it is to be the best team in the league.
To keep you from confusing the new model with the regular iMac line, the iMac Pro gets a sleek new look in Space Gray, but the important changes are all inside. This is a super-powered version of the existing iMac desktop device, offering incredible specs and some real grunt. They also both offer another technology called ProMotion, which refers to the refresh rate.
The news source says that peer-to-peer payments allow one user to pay another user through their smartphone for things like splitting a meal at a restaurant. Messages already supports some third-party apps, which is where Apple Pay will be located. Users can link their bank accounts, debit cards, or credit cards to their Venmo account.
By year end Apple also plans to offer a new iMac Pro that will have workstation capabilities with an 8-Core Xeon Processor and options to go to 10 Core or 18 Core. The new iPad Pro also comes with a better camera - the same one found in the iPhone 7 - along with more storage, a better display and faster refreshing of moving images.
Amazon essentially created the smart home speaker category with its introduction of the Alexa-powered Echo in November 2014, and the category has grown rapidly since. The Apple HomePod is a seven-inch cylindrical speaker-it actually looks a lot like a cloth-covered Mac Pro-and Apple claims setting one up is just as easy as using AirPods, too.
New iMacs released Monday are getting better displays and graphics capabilities. "Now, we are taking everything we've learned from the App Store over the past nine years and putting it into a stunning new design", explained Schiller in a statement .
This is breaking news story, please refresh for updates . On average, Apple shares have fallen 3.5% during WWDC week. Apple is introducing a number of effects into the Live Photos feature. Apple is preparing to update all three of its lines of laptops with new processors, Bloomberg reported last month . The MacBook and MacBook Pro are getting faster chips and drives.
Dubbed " HomePod " the new speaker appears to have a strong focus on music, with Apple touting it as a speaker to "reinvent home music" through features such as "Rock the house" sound, spatial awareness, and "Musicologist". The research firm eMarketer says than 35 million people in the US are expected to use a voice-activated speaker at least once a month this year, more than double its estimate from last year.
Apple is touting the fact that the HomePod is packed with drivers, delivering superior audio to the Amazon Echo and competitors like Alphabet Inc's (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Google Home . Siri was also front-and-center of Apple's machine-learning, a type of artificial intelligence that helps software adapt to data and recognize patterns automatically.
Pay your friends back with Apple Pay: Send money to your friends and family via Apple Pay in an iMessage. This includes support for iCloud Drive as well as third-party services like Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, and more . Apple also teased easier-to-manage notifications and upgrades to its Photos app. In the smart home arena, Apple will be looking to grapple with products such as Google Home and Amazon Echo with the launch later this year of the HomePod , a high-end, ...
At a San Jose venue in Northern California, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Tim Cook of Apple told its Worldwide Developers Conference , or WWDC, that Prime Video will be integrated into Apple TV application, or app. "We are so pleased to welcome Amazon to Apple TV". Amazon previously banned the Apple TV and Google Chromecast from its platform, including from third-party sellers.
It would mark an effort by Apple to catch up with Amazon and Google . Siri , Apple Maps and the App Store have all gotten a whole lot smarter whether that's in terms more natural speech, fresh lane guidance and speed information or a slick redesign.
During the event, Apple's senior vice president of software Craig Federighi said, "We talked to the guys and they said "this might be misconstrued, ' but they also said this name is fully baked". Metal 2 , Apple's updated graphics application programming interface (API) created to better harness the graphics accelerators on its iMac and MacBook product line.
According to Japanese media outlet Nikkei , Gou, who is now in Osaka, confirmed during an exclusive interview that for the purposes of its bid for Toshiba's semiconductor business , Hon Hai had secured the support and financial backing of USA giants Apple and Amazon .
A look at some new face options for Apple Watch. Along with the new Messages features comes Apple Pay support for person-to-person payments. Significant markup improvements will also be added in iOS 11, allowing just about any screen to be marked up with the Apple Pencil, including screenshots, which will now automatically appear in a thumbnail view immediately after they're taken, so that the user can quickly mark them up and re-share them right away.
Like its predecessor, Monument Valley 2 is a puzzle game about leading a woman (and now her offspring as well) through a series of peculiar planes that the player can tinker with to alter her trajectory. You can purchase Monument Valley 2 , here, for $6.99 CAD on iOS. As the mother-and-child team do so, you slowly see how the child's dependency on the mother slowly turns into self-sufficiency.
Early on, Matt Murray extended his scoreless streak to 72:54 with the Pittsburgh goalie looking ready to notch his 21st playoff win. Oh yes, and, for the record, Crosby claimed Subban "made up" his claim that Crosby said Subban's breath smelled.
This matches Google Chrome's ongoing efforts to un-destroy the web by blocking rubbish ads. No price or release date was announced , though Apple said developers will be the first to get their hands on one. While newer home Mac systems will come with the kind of horsepower needed to render HTC Vive-ready content at a comfortable 90 frames-per-second refresh (a number that ILM said they had reached with their demo), Federighi also announced a new GPU enclosure for less-powerful Mac ...
Apple said just like the iPod reinvented music in our pockets, it wants to do the same for music in our homes. Jan Dawson, chief analyst with Jackdaw Research, says the price is good for a high-end audio device. Only the most recent messages will be kept on the device to save storage space. The new external GPU dev kit, available today, is coming with a VR-capable AMD Radeon RX 580, which is somewhere between an NVIDIA GTX 1060 and 1070 in function.
It comes as Apple is poised to unveil a Siri-powered internet-connected speaker to rival Amazon's Echo and Google Home. But it may also be a play to boost the profitable services business, which a year ago generated revenue of more than $24 billion - or 11 percent of total sales.
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Here's what to look out for at today's keynote if you're interested in the future of the phone. Other features coming to iPhones and iPads include messages syncing in the cloud. Apple TV apps are hot, he said, but developers are fleeing Apple Watch . This is based on the reports that the smartphones with larger displays nearly touching 6inches have rendered the market for the smaller sized tablets or phablets and it is showing in the sales figures as well.
Apple fans might expect a similar move this year. Apple's expected to reveal its long-rumored Siri-powered speaker today alongside new iPads . Amazon introduced the Echo speaker, featuring its Alexa assistant, in 2015. Compared to Echo, Google Home is expected to account for 23.8%, while other smaller players like Lenovo, LG, Harmon Kardon and Mattel would account for only 5.6% of the total users.