Apple HomePod Speaker to Compete with Amazon Echo

The Apple 10.5 inch iPad Pro comes with thin borders, reduced nearly as much as 40 per cent while it weights just around a pound.

HomePod capped a keynote presentation that included updates to Apple's iPad and Mac laptop lines, and upgraded operating software enabling augmented reality for iPhones and iPads.

Although watchOS 4 doesn't drop support for any Apple Watch models, the new iOS 11 software update will not be available for the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c. Inside is an A10X Fusion processor with six CPU cores and 12 GPU cores.

The new 10.5-inch iPad Pro features a 20 percent larger display than its 9.7-inch predecessor.

And the screen is perhaps the most significant update here. The iPad on the other hand with a new screen size might not invoke even its ardent fans.

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.

This technology from Apple is already in use for Apple Pay, so a further rollout should not be too much trouble for the tech giant. "I get excited because of the things that could be done that could improve a lot of lives".

Apple Pencil users can now take notes instantly by tapping the Pencil on the lock screen.

Other specifications have also been refreshed and the biggest change Apple talked about was the dynamic refresh rate of the displays. These laminated and antireflective displays feature the same laundry list of features and technologies, including ProMotion, P3 wide color, and True Tone capabilities, and fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating.

But Apple is late to the game on VR. Both feature four-speaker audio, which provides stereo sound in any orientation.

Pricing starts at $649 for the 64 GB 10.5-inch Wi-Fi version or $799 for the 12.9-inch. So the question is whether you want one-speaker simplicity, or a more piecemeal, versatile setup.

Apple's annual developers conference is the company's chance to preview upcoming features for iPhones, iPads, watches and Mac computers. With this launch, Apple is also updating the base storage for the iPad Pro to 64GB. And they've continued that public beta since, announcing the public beta of iOS 11 will ship in late June. They come with up to 512GB of storage, The Verge reveals. According to company, this speaker doesn't send any data to Apple until you say "Hey Siri"... and when it does, it encrypts the data being transmitted through an anonymous Siri ID so no one can listen it.

Which devices will be able to get iOS 11?


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