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Apple Announces Smart Speaker, Device Upgrades, and iOS 11

07 June 2017

"Reinventing music in the home" is the slogan that accompanied the unveiling of the new HomePod - a new assistant that is targeting Amazon's Alexa and it is expected to work in a similar way, whilst prioritising high-quality audio.

Apple is expected to unveil new features for its Apple Watch as its Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off on Monday.

It also enhanced its workout app to, for instance, support high intensity interval training.

iOS 11 is the biggest software release ever for iPad, with powerful multitasking features, the Files app and more ways to use Apple Pencil.

Apple has announced a brand new operating system for the Apple Watch called watchOS 4. The research firm eMarketer says than 35 million people in the US are expected to use a voice-activated speaker at least once a month this year, more than double its estimate from last year.

Apple Watch will also be able to conduct real-time glucose monitoring via Dexcom.

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In developer news, the company announced new technologies for developers to incorporate augmented reality and machine learning into their apps.

Consumer electronics giant Apple (AAPL) on Monday announced that Amazon.com's (AMZN) Amazon Prime Video service will be coming to Apple TV devices later this year, and the tech behemoth rolled out an upgraded lineup of Mac computers.

Apple also brought file system and virtual reality (VR) to High Sierra.

MacBook Pros will be shipped with Intel's Kaby Lake processors and faster SSDs. This face, powered by Siri Intelligence, will update contemporaneously with new information depending on the user's needs and habits. As for the new iPad Pro, Apple executives took the stage to explain that it's going to "take everything you love about the 9.7 inch and give you a whole lot more to love".

Apple is upgrading the interface of dealing with Siri. (Many reviewers have suggested that the current incarnation of Apple's assistant already trails competitors in key respects.) "This is the start of the AI wars", he said.

Siri will now be able to perform translations in various languages including English, Chinese, French, German, Italian and Spanish. The most popular paid apps are usually games.