Apple Announces New Siri-Based Speaker System HomePod

With HomePod, only after "Hey Siri" is recognized locally on the device will any information be sent to Apple servers, encrypted and sent using an anonymous Siri identifier.

The device contains six microphones to pick up voice commands. Starting in the fall, Apple Watch compatible equipment will start coming to gyms from companies like Cybex, Schwinn and Matrix.

Apple has confirmed that Amazon will launch an app for its Prime Video service for tvOS. Apple's speaker will be launching in the USA, U.K., and Australia in December, with additional markets to come next year. Like Amazon's Echo, you'll speak to Siri by saying, "Hey Siri". However, they were soon joined in the race by Google Home.

Apple announced the news at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday. Although Apple is late to the game, CCS Insight analyst Geoff Blaber says the new tools come "as the technology hits an inflection point". Samsung and Google already have VR systems centred on their smartphones.

The research firm IDC says Apple and Xiaomi each has a worldwide market share of almost 15 per cent in the first quarter. Its entry into digital-music sales with iTunes, and into the smartphone market with the iPhone, upended those industries and gave them mass appeal.

The updated version of Siri will roll out later this year in iOS 11. These devices will only keep the most recent messages in local storage. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners. Safari is adding autoplay blocking, so loud videos don't start playing without your approval. It will not actually block ads, though.

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The Cupertino, Calif. -based company said Siri, which also competes with Alphabet's Google Assistant, also will now be able to create appointments on an iPhone after an appointment is booked on a Mac, for example, marking the first time that privacy-conscious Apple has let the assistant work across devices.

The new iPad Pro will have a 10.5-inch screen, placing it between the current 9.7 and 13-inch screens of Apple's flagship tablet. Yet it isn't as bulky as the 12.9-inch model. A preview of a new high-powered iMac Pro desktop, due to be released later this year, was also teased. New iMacs start shipping today.

Apple did share a few technical details about the speaker hardware.

But it's also possible that the HomePod could expose Siri as less capable than Amazon's Alexa, Google's Assistant and Microsoft's Cortana, Blaber said.

The Workout app gets several significant changes, including a new mode for High-Intensity Interval Training and the ability to use NFC in gym machines to seamlessly provide your pace and other key metrics. It will also be possible to exchange data between gym equipment and the watch.

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