Wednesday, 23 August, 2017

Apple unveils an Amazon Echo competitor

Lucas Bell | 08 June, 2017, 02:22

Google and Amazon are betting that majority customers will just not care for it.

Although at the WWDC demo zone, deciphering the sound output of the HomePod was impossible, Apple arranged a demo of the home speaker with a limited audience and two noteworthy guests - Amazon Echo and Sonos Play:3. That's fair, given that you can use Siri to control certain smart home gadgets, tell you random info, and control your music. Siri, a digital assistant that has been on Apple's iPhone since 2011, will be voice activated to respond to requests for information and other help around the house. The company itself stated that its new HomePod is created to deliver a great listening experience, and everything is offered on the smart speaker is secondary. Although the format is not exclusive to Apple, it's not yet clear how well the photos will work with non-Apple software and devices, which mostly use JPEG.

It starts shipping later this year in the USA, United Kingdom and Australia. Amazon sells the main version of the Echo for $180; Google's Home speaker goes for $130. The $349 price tag is a bit more expensive than comparably-sized internet-connected speakers, almost double the price of the Amazon Echo, and more than double the Google Home. By watching what users search for and interact with, Siri can offer assistance in a variety of ways; either through more relevant search results, more useful messaging prompts or even more appropriate navigation choices. It unveiled the Apple Watch in September 2014. Although Apple Watch has emerged as the leader in its technological niche, it hasn't become a smash hit like the iPhone or the iPad - at least until tablet sales started declining. In shape and size it's very similar to Mac pro - 7 inches tall, cylindrical and almost similar in diameter as well.

HomePod users may initially be constrained by Siri's lack of capabilities as compared to Alexa, which also boasts the ability to order millions of Amazon products as well as food from restaurants like Domino's. Apple said all communications are encrypted.

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Apple had plenty of other announcements.

The tech giant announced the updated iMacs would have new, faster processors as well as "43% brighter" displays.

In a blog post Technalysis Research founder Bob O'Donnell depicted Apple's latest product news as an affirmation that the company has not fallen behind competitors and is working to take advantage of potentially exciting new technologies.

Safari, Apple's web browser, is getting new features aimed at online annoyances. Users can also set up an auto-reply message, telling message senders in their Favourites they will reply when they're finished their journey. It will not block the ads themselves, though. Software updates are also expected for Apple's smartwatch and TV box for streaming online video.

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