6 things you need to know about the Apple HomePod

  • 6 things you need to know about the Apple HomePod

6 things you need to know about the Apple HomePod

The company rolled out new tools for developers to create augmented reality applications for iPhones and iPads. Pulling music from the Apple library, the speaker was presented as being able to recognize its placement and direct rich audio sound into the room.

The conference starts Monday in San Jose, California. It's frustrating yet permissible when Siri stumbles on your phone where you can easily default to your thumbs.

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

Shares of Apple closed down 1% Monday. He also suggested that other Apple consumers will think the product is "stupid" but will buy it eventually.

Because, like so many of Apple's best ideas, someone else thought of them first.

This new breed of smart speaker is an important market for Apple and other tech giants, including Microsoft (MSFT), which last month announced the Invoke, a smart speaker powered by its Cortana. It would work a lot like Amazon's Echo or Google Home.

Apple will compete with Google Home and Amazon Echo later this year with a new speaker called HomePod.

The feature, called "Do Not Disturb While Driving", will activate if a phone is connected to a vehicle through either Bluetooth or a cable. Software chief Craig Federighi showed how the system can place virtual 3-D objects inside the phone camera's field of view, and highlighted artificial intelligence software for facial recognition, barcode detection and language understanding. To make up ground on competitors, the HomePod will have a seven tweeter beamform array plus a subwoofer inside, besting the current audio tech on these rival devices. Even then, Apple says it won't know who you are - it'll just get an anonymous ID to help process a response. Apple, as per Phil Schiller wanted to combine good speakers with smart speakers.

Since the launch of Amazon's Echo a year ago and Google Home in March, both of which have been popular with consumers, Apple had been widely expected to enter the market.

Where Apple may have the advantage is if it can, in fact, provide superior sound quality, given its stated focus on music. What you won't do is boot up your Mac or pull out your iPhone.

Their battery charge should last for 10 hours, and Apple has included a new technology it called ProMotion, which will deliver higher refresh rates for the display. A representative from Wingnut AR, a studio owned by "Lord of the Rings" director Peter Jackson, also demoed a more elaborate AR battle onstage. Airships circled above a table, an intricately rendered town below, firing weapons as they weaved.

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"Apple has embarked on a complete overhaul of Siri as it responds to considerable competition and heightening user expectations", he said. There was plenty of other reveals to get excited about, particularly for a room full of more than 5000 developers, many of whom regard this event as the highlight of their year.

Apple also unveiled new Macs, addressing complaints that Apple has let its Mac lineup languish in favor of its better-selling products, namely the iPhone.