Apple debuts HomePod speaker to bring Siri into the living room

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You can tell it's an Apple product from the $350 price tag which is higher than the $229.99 price of the new Echo Show.

Unlike those other smart speakers, Apple is positioning the HomePod primarily as a way to listen to and discover new songs and artists. He was addressing the audience during the Anual World Wide Developer Conference event in San jose, California today.

Although Apple Watch has emerged as the leader in its technological niche, it hasn't become a smash hit like the iPhone or the iPad - at least until tablet sales started declining. Augmented reality is the blending of the physical and virtual worlds.

Apple is updating its smartwatch to give it more "smarts" using the Siri digital assistant.

While there's a chance Apple could reveal more colors for the HomePod between now and December, nothing was said to imply that.

The Cupertino-based company gave a sneak preview of this breakthrough wireless speaker for the home that delivers awesome audio quality.

HomePod is compatible with Apple Music and can easily access full playlist on the app.

Apple has finally unveiled its answer to Amazon's and Google's smart speakers slash digital assistants - and it's called HomePod.

Just under 7 inches tall, HomePod represents years of hardware and software innovation at Apple, including spatial awareness that allows HomePod to sense its location in a room and automatically adjust the audio to deliver a great music experience, a large, Apple-designed woofer and a custom array of seven beam-forming tweeters.

Look out Alexa: Apple announces 'HomePod,' a smart home audio speaker
Apple has finally unveiled its answer to Amazon's and Google's smart speakers slash digital assistants - and it's called HomePod . First it was Amazon , then it was Google and now it's Apple's turn to have a crack at a voice-activated home assistant speaker.

Along the same lines, the iPad's multitasking capabilities are also getting a major upgrade, thanks to the new App Switcher feature.

The new 10.5-inch model reduces the borders by almost 40 percent to fit into an incredibly compact package that still weighs just one pound.

To that end, Apple is splitting out the games and apps categories, and providing in-house features on the essential downloads for your iPhone or iPad. The idea is to get outside software programmers geared up to write apps for Apple products.

Among the new features of iOS 11 is the ability to make person-to-person payments through Apple's messaging app, thanks to new integration with the Apple Pay system.

Apple also shared the latest version of watchOS4, which continues to put the emphasis on the Apple Watch as a fitness device.

The most powerful Mac, the iMac Pro.

This monster of a computer will only be available in December starting at US$4,999.

However, the company kept mum on many details, instead giving attending journalists and developers a much broader pitch, which goes a bit like this: There have been Wi-Fi-connected speakers like Sonos for some time, but those devices are still pretty cumbersome. Google, meanwhile, previewed new speaker features such as hands-free phone calling during its software conference last month.

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