Apple debuts HomePod speaker

Apple's much-rumoured smart speaker, the HomePod, has been confirmed for launch in December by the technology giant. The new iPad starts at $649 and will start shipping next week.

The big reveal at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday was the HomePod, a $350 voice-controlled speaker.

Apple's new operating system for iPhones and iPads, IOS 11, also created lots of excitement.

"However, In a reference to current tensions over privacy and terrorism, Apple says that the HomePod won't record anything until the term 'Hey Siri" is uttered.

Still, the HomePod will be built with standard home assistant functionality.

It is the first new device Apple has announced in nearly three years.


With more voice assistants competing for your attention than ever before, the time was right for Apple to introduce a slew of Siri upgrades on Monday, June 5, at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference.

The HomePod won't be here until December, but Siri's new tools and tricks will arrive with Apple's next round of software updates.

High Sierra will be released later this year as a free update, according to Federighi.

Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled the latest operating system for Mac computers. Shipments of intelligent home speakers surged almost 600 per cent year-over-year to 4.2 million units in the fourth quarter, with Amazon taking about 88 per cent share and Google 10 percent, according to consultant Strategy Analytics.

New indoor maps of areas such as malls and airports indicated that Apple might be laying groundwork to display information over images of those places in the future. Apple said the same chip used in the iPhone will power the speaker.

High Sierra features will include being able to stop unexpected videos from starting to play automatically when landing on web pages and "intelligent tracking prevention" that will prevent ads from following people about the internet.


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

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.

The research firm IDC says Apple and Xiaomi each has a worldwide market share of almost 15 per cent in the first quarter.

It starts shipping later this year in the USA, United Kingdom and Australia.

Emma travelled to San Jose courtesy of Apple.

The device is a seven-inch cylindrical speaker powered by Apple's A8 processor. Whispers that claimed Amazon Prime Video would be coming to Apple TV began making the rounds last month, and indeed, it turns out that those anonymous sources within Apple were correct.


That leaves Apple. Although it was the first smartphone maker to come out with a digital assistant when Siri debuted in 2011, it hasn't had a stand-alone assistant.


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