The manufacturing duties have apparently been handled by the same company that makes the iPhone 7's AirPods, with the devices being tested by Apple employees in secret. It is different from the company's annual fall event, where the company often unveils a new version of the iPhone. It will use machine learning to turn your Live Photos into shareable looping images and select individual clips from the photo.
It's no surprise that HomePod is deeply tied to Apple Music, which costs $10 a month. If Apple were to release a Siri-centric speaker, it could tie the device to other services it offers like its subscription music streaming service, or its News app. Before, transactions had been limited to products and services from businesses and institutions.
Apple really wants to hold on to its professional users.
Siri, meanwhile, is getting a new voice.
But Apple is late to the game on VR. In one demo, Apple executive Craig Federighi pointed a camera at a table on stage and added a virtual coffee cup and a lamp on the real table.
There were also a couple of updates to Apple's web browser, Safari, including a speed boost that makes it, according to Apple, the fastest ever desktop browser. The device will start at $649 and start shipping next week. Apple also unveiled the high-end iMac Pro coming in December starting at about $5,000.
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Google Home followed in October and Microsoft's assistant, Cortana, is also finding a home in home speakers. It also introduced autoplay blocking, which stops music and video from playing automatically without your permission on websites as well as "intelligent tracking prevention", which stops ads from following you around the web.
Then again, you might wonder if its "smart" capabilities are being downplayed due to Siri just not being as advanced as its competitors. Apple typically makes major updates to its Mac software every other year. A Siri face will show more info from the assistant, like flight times, controls for smart home devices and third-party notifications.
- HealthKit and the Apple Watch.
This comes as Google and Amazon have made headways in assisting users based on knowledge of past routines.
The updates in iOS 11 seem to be more about refinement rather than revolution, with most of the new features focusing on UI improvements. And while Sonos doesn't have built-in voice control like Echo or HomePod, a Sonos spokesperson told CNET today that "we're making great progress with the Alexa integration" that the company announced and demoed earlier this year. By comparison, Apple shipped 51 million iPhones and 9 million iPads during the same stretch.
Amazon's Prime Video app will soon be available on Apple TV.
Amazon is already available on rival devices such as Roku and, of course, Amazon's Fire TV. Apple said HomePod can separate vocals and other parts of the music via Apple Music, but that more recent recordings will perform the separation better.