Apple Joins Smart-Speaker Race With Music-Focused 'HomePod'

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Editor's Remarks: The HomePod is Apple's first major new offering since the Apple Watch and is a sign that the company is stepping up its efforts to challenge Amazon's Echo and the Google Home. This always happens during a product announcement, and Apple's pricing is always a hot topic during these events.

End-February 2017, Apple finally addresses its most visually controversial product from 2013, the Mac Pro, also dubbed as the "dustbin shaped Mac".

Well, adding further, the company has announced that this new HomePod is basically created to work with Apple Music, which means that you will have to require a subscription to music streaming service.

There was also a new 10.5in version of the iPad Pro, the tablet for professional users, which can support a full-sized keyboard cover.

Apple is expected to announce plans this week to make its Siri voice assistant work with a larger variety of apps, but initial changes were expected to add just a small number of capabilities. Photos by Reuters/Stephen Lam.

Apple will begin shipping the HomePod to the United States, Britain and Australia in December. The HomePod lets you use your voice to play music and control HomeKit devices like smart lightbulbs and thermostats, as well as chat with Siri.

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Apple is officially jumping into the home speaker market.

The tech firm also updated its Apple Pay system to enable users to directly pay other people using a text message as part of its iOS 11 upgrade.

The Cupertino, California-based company said Siri, which also competes with Alphabet Inc's Google Assistant, will now work across devices.

Analysts and investors were watching Apple's annual developers conference today for signs of what the company's next blockbuster product might be a decade after the introduction of its iPhone.

The technology, a feature of the wildly successfully smartphone game Pokemon Go, overlays digital information on real-world images and is seen as an area in which the keenly awaited 10th-anniversary iPhone can stand out from competitors. Developers will get a new set of APIs (application programming interface) to be able to integrate these in their apps.

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