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New smart speaker expected as Apple kicks off conference
The speaker will ship in December in the U.S., United Kingdom and Australia, and will be available in additional markets next year.
Safari, Apple's web browser, seeks to make users' online experience smoother and less annoying.
"Apple is smart to frame the HomePod as a music-centric and audio-centric device rather than just another smart speaker or another home for Siri", said Jackdaw Research analyst Jan Dawson.
Consumers should also expect to see small updates to Apple's operating systems for the Mac, Apple TV and Apple Watch.
Positioned as a competitor to the Amazon Echo, the HomePod prioritizes music usage. Some of the products will be available immediately, others will come later this year. Tapping Apples Siri digital assistant, such a speaker is expected to serve as a butler as well as an outlet for listening to music.
The Worldwide Developers Conference, or WWDC, historically has been the place where Apple shows off its new software, and occasionally some hardware updates.
Amid the pre-WWDC speculation that pegged the potential Siri speaker as Apple's answer to assistants like the Amazon Echo, Apple made a curious move to lead explicitly with the HomePod as a higher-end audio speaker that's powered by its Siri virtual assistant.
High Sierra will be released later this year as a free update, according to Federighi.
More than 35 million people in the USA are expected to use a voice-activated speaker at least once a month this year, more than doubling from last year, according the research firm eMarketer.
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Finally, the Apple Watch can now be paired with select gym equipment so data is more reliable and accurate. Apple also introduced new summer band colours, giving customers more options to choose from.
Recode had first reported that Amazon and Apple were nearing an agreement to bring Amazon's app to Apple TV, and BuzzFeed later confirmed the news.
The event began with an Apple video portraying what life might be like without an app store.
Finally, Apple is preparing to launch a file management app for iOS 11.0 or later.
Still, the HomePod will be built with standard home assistant functionality.
Still, the Apple Watch hasn't been a smash hit, fueling worries that the company's ability to transfix customers had waned after the 2011 death of co-founder Steve Jobs.
Samsung doubled the number of wearable devices shipped compared with the previous year, but it's still at fourth overall, at less than 5 percent, just ahead of Garmin.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Apple appears poised to unveil a voice-activated, internet-connected speaker that would create a new digital pipeline into people's homes. But on a screenless speaker like HomePod, if Siri sucks, the whole gadget does too.
But really, this is Apple's admission that it needed to kick the voice command can down the road a bit and strengthen Siri but it goes gunning for Google and Amazon.
The speaker, while expected by some industry watchers, marked Apple's first new product announcement since the Apple Watch in September 2014.
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