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Here's our first look at Apple's new HomePod smart speaker

Lori Graves | 08 June, 2017, 11:18

With regards to subscriptions Apple also announced that it would be reducing its cut to 15% from 30% if the subscriber maintained their subscription for more than one year.

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Apple "can't afford to yield valuable real-estate in the heart of people's homes to Amazon, Google and others", said Geoff Blaber, research analyst at CCS Insight.

Multiple HomePods can be networked together, but that will cost a pretty sum given each speaker costs $349 (£270).

They will be able to check sports scores, set alarms, timers and reminders, and control compatible smart devices - all features that were previously debuted by Amazon and Google. It would seem obvious to open Siri further, especially as Amazon is getting traction with its rival Alexa and Google is putting muscle behind its Assistant service.

With an image of Sonos in the background, Schiller noted, "Some have created speakers that make music sound good around our homes but these aren't smart speakers". The new speaker establishes a bulwark inside the home to lock customers more tightly into these services.

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Apple senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi said the next Mac operating system will be named "High Sierra" in tribute to the California mountain range. Microsoft is partnering with third-party speaker manufacturers to bring its own assistant, Cortana, to homes. And as Bloomberg's Max Chafkin noted earlier, its not imperative for Apple to be the industry's first mover; The iPhone was developed on the heels of the Blackberry craze, and has gone on to be the preeminent smartphone available.

It wouldn't be the first time that Apple hopped on the bandwagon of a technology product popularized by a competitor. There is also WWDC Live app for the Apple TV, iPhones, iPads, and MacBook devices, as reported by Wired. A Siri-style light will fire up when you say "hey Siri" to the HomePod, and it will also handle music-centric queries around what you're listening to or what you're likely to want to listen to.

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 next iOS may also have new features designed for artificial intelligence, the application of computers that learn and understand things like humans.

The new 10.5-inch iPad Pro is slightly bigger than the existing 9.7-inch iPad Pro and has a new high resolution screen that makes it easier to scroll and draw.

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