Apple pushes Siri to the fore at annual developer conference

This latter market is where Apple has so far focused its marketing, as reflected by the title of its introductory press release: "HomePod reinvents music in the home".

As usual, Apple has remained totally tight-lipped about what's in store when Tim Cook stands up to deliver his keynote speech tonight. Schiller confirmed that multiple Homepods can sync up, should customers be interested in buying the ~£350 device multiple times over.

The HomePod features an array of seven beam-forming tweeters with directional control, a specially designed woofer with automatic bass equalization and dynamic modeling for sound shaping.

Exceptional sound quality: The HomePod will come with "spatial awareness". Schiller waited until last in his announcement of the HomePod even to mention the role of Siri and the ability to answer questions. It may also need to foster an app base before it promotes that aspect, since these "skills", as Amazon calls them, are key to consumer acceptance.

Amazon has dominated the category of connected speakers since 2014 when it introduced its first Echo, which responds to voice commands and allows users to order goods or rides and control connected appliances.

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"Interesting that home assistant was the last feature they talked about. In fact, Apple nearly positioned as something that's not that important". Even in the US, United Kingdom and Australia, that would appear to be later than would be ideal to catch the important holiday season.

"I think it's a very Apple-esque product in that it seeks to stake out the high end of a market with its technology, price and positioning", said analyst Paul Erickson from IHS Markit. The 7"-tall device is covered in a "3D mesh fabric" and uses an A8 processor to process and sense various sound-related elements in a given room".

McIlwain said he expects Apple to add new categories at next week's bash, but not almost enough to match Alexa's number of skills. If the speculation pans out, the speaker would be Apple's first new product since its smartwatch in 2015.

Apple also offered some hints about new capabilities in the next iPhone, including so-called augmented reality, in which digital information is overlaid on real-world images.

Apple is trying to make augmented reality a reality with new tools for iPhones and iPads. Apple said the same chip used in the iPhone will power the speaker. However, given Apple's design pedigree, we'd expect it to knock both its competitors into a cocked hat from a purely visual standpoint.

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HomePod is created to work with the Apple Music subscription service and can produce rich sound while tapping into the artificial intelligence power of Siri.

Virtual reality is coming to Apple's Mac computers.

For photos, Apple is turning to a "high efficiency" format to replace JPEGs.

The new features will come in a software update expected in a few months. Self-driving cars? Apple has been spotted testing a sensor-laden Lexus around Silicon Valley. The new iOS is also adding powerful multitasking support for the iPad.

- Updates to MacOS, iOS, and more.

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