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Brief: Apple brings Siri into living room with HomePod speaker

Brief: Apple brings Siri into living room with HomePod speaker

Brief: Apple brings Siri into living room with HomePod speaker
June 06
08:57 2017

The Apple HomePod on display at Apple’s annual worldwide developer conference (WWDC) in California on June 5, 2017. Photo credit: Nobuyuki Hayashi

The news

  • Apple has launched its answer to Amazon Echo: HomePod, a voice-controlled speaker, integrated with Siri assistant, which can make music suggestions and control home gadgets. It’s paired with Apple Music service.
  • The US$349 speaker, which can beam specific parts of music, like the singer’s voice, at the listener, will begin shipping in the US, UK, and Australia in December. It can send text messages and check news and sports scores.
  • Other announcements at Apple’s worldwide developer conference (WWDC) in San Jose last night included the launch of a 10.5-inch iPad Pro, an iMac Pro, and iOS 11.

Why it matters

  • This is Apple’s first major product launch since the Apple Watch in 2014. The tech giant is looking for more ways to monetize its apps and services, making up for a dip in iPhone sales.
  • The Siri voice assistant is expected to work with a wider variety of apps and services, enhancing its capabilities. Artificial intelligence and augmented reality are key areas of focus in the rivalry between tech giants.

Source: Reuters

Editing by Terence Lee

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About Sumit

A lover of startups and tech, food and travel, cricket and books. Senior Editor with TIA. Mail me at sumit@techinasia.com or tweet me @chakraberty

source : techinasia

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