Apple debuts HomePod speaker to bring Siri into the living room

Posted June 06, 2017

"That makes for smaller and faster backups", said Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of software engineering.

Apple is redesigning its entire App Store in iOS 11, so it's not surprising that it's going to overhaul the Podcasts app, which is a whole marketplace of its own.

As is the case with these aforementioned rivals, owners will be able to control the HomePod with their voice, asking Siri to check the weather, provide traffic updates, control smart home devices, and send text messages.

The company has also redesigned its app repository, bringing a regularly updated "Today" page, a dedicated games tab and videos on app listings (much like the Google Play Store). All the money that you receive will be collected in your Wallet app in the form of a Cash card. This can be used for further payments, or be transferred to a bank account. Apple is also adding a new Siri watch face, that will bring a timeline offering various information that's customized by the user. Apple is also likely to reveal new features, such as an expansion of its TV-automation app. The voice assistant will now sound more natural when responding to users.

Messages already supports some third-party apps, which is where Apple Pay will be located.

Control Center has a new look.

iOS 11 on iPad will also introduce drag and drop, which will let you drag items from one app into another.

Apple also made the lock screen and notification center into one, meaning the lock screen will be able to show all your notifications.

Apple also announced camera improvements, including more photo effects like long exposure mode and upgrades for better low-light photography.

iOS 11's "Do Not Disturb while Driving" feature will auto-reply to texts saying "I'm driving".

There are a few iPad-specific optimizations that have been made in iOS 11, including the ability to use the Files app to access both local files or files located within iCloud Drive.

Apple wants to "reinvent home music" with its new "breakthrough home speaker".

To be "smart", the latest product in Apple's portfolio, known as HomePod, comes with a A8 microprocessor chip, the same power engine in the company's flagship iPhone smartphone and iPad tablet computer.

Apple Music will let you play music in multiple rooms through different speakers, thanks to the new AirPlay 2 protocol.

Attendees wait for the start of the 2017 Apple Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC). Google Home followed in October and Microsoft's assistant, Cortana, is also finding a home in home speakers.

Apple mentioned that its Apple Music has grown since launch now hitting 27 million paid subscribers.

Many had also expected Apple to announce something regarding its augmented reality (AR) efforts, and to that effect the company announced ARKit.

Apple's new iMacs are getting brighter displays and graphics capabilities, which Apple says makes the Mac a great platform for developing virtual-reality experiences.

The keynote event of Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference clocked in at more than two hours, and it was full of news about what Apple's doing with macOS, its hardware, and especially iOS 11.