Apple Music enters home speaker market with HomePod

It had been rumoured in recent months that Apple would be introducing a smart, stand-alone Siri speaker, similar in functionality to products such as Amazon Alexa and Google Home.

Touted by Apple's marketing guru Philip Schiller as the means to "reinvent how we enjoy music wirelessly throughout our homes", the HomePod is a speaker system sitting under 7in tall with Apple's virtual assistant Siri at it core.

The company is casting Siri as a music connoisseur that will learn and cater to the tastes of the HomePod's owners, as well as answer questions about the songs as they are played.

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Siri will get a "more human voice" in iOS 11 , and Maps will have new cities, better navigation, speed limits, and lane guidance. Apple claims that the new App Store has been designed from the ground up and will make discovery of game and apps easier.

Furthermore, users will be able to use HomePod in the same way they use Siri with their smartphones, whilst also emulating functions seen in Amazon and Google's rival products, such as controlling other smart home-based products like smart light bulbs.

On stage at the event in San Jose, California, Apple executives demonstrated how, if a user were reading an article about Iceland, the Apple News app would start suggesting more articles about Iceland, and the its Messages app would automatically emphasize correct spellings for Icelandic destinations. Tapping Apple's Siri digital assistant, such a speaker is expected to serve as a butler as well as an outlet for listening to music.

The speaker will sell for about $350 in December in the US, United Kingdom and Australia.

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The move is the first into a completely new area by Apple for more than two years as the world's most valuable technology company looks to make up for a dip in iPhone sales and new ways to get customers to use more of its money-making apps and services.

The speaker connects to home wifi and will be controlled by the human voice. Apple states that Safari in the macOS High Sierra is the fastest browser ever. When Apple's iOS 11 update comes out this fall, it will include a "Do Not Disturb While Driving" mode. ALSO READ: Amazon Echo or Google Home: Do Indians need to care about these "smart" devices? It's part of Apple's effort to entice professionals with tablets that can handle many tasks previously reserved for laptops. And now it opens up both to fantastic possibilities for augmented reality in games and apps. As promised, Apple finally unveiled its next operating system that will greatly enhance iPads and iPhones, the iOS 11.

The money can be stored on a virtual card and used with Apple Pay, which Apple expects will be accepted in 50 percent of US retailers by the end of the year.

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Ortutay reported from NY.

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