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Tomas Mccoy
June 10, 2017

APPLE HAS announced Homepod, a new voice-controlled speaker.

The device was previewed on stage Monday at WWDC, Apple's annual developer conference in San Jose.

The tech giant also shared scores of software updates and new features including iOS 11 for iPhones and iPads which is due for release later this year.

Presenters encouraged whoops from the crowd and often stopped to acknowledge applause. Awe over Apple's brilliance was high on the agenda during the two-hour event.

Unlike those other smart speakers, Apple is positioning the HomePod primarily as a way to listen to and discover new songs and artists. Apple's speaker will be launching in the USA, U.K., and Australia in December, with additional markets to come next year.

Although Siri would likely be a centerpiece of a smart speaker from Apple, Moorhead said the device's design, colors and acoustics will also likely be focal points because the company has a long history of making elegantly designed products.

And speaking of driving, Apple is also adding a "do not disturb" feature for when you're in your vehicle, keeping you focused on the road. Delegates were able to be more hands-on with some of the other new hardware options. They will be available in the coming week in a choice of three colours, starting at Dollars 695 for the 10.5-inch model with 64 GB memory and USD 799 for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. That is the model that comes with a touch screen.

The new version of MacOS, which powers Apple's desktops and laptop computers will also likely be demonstrated. Promises were made that it will go faster and look better with improved photo editing and file management options.

Siri is getting a new voice, and the Mac is getting a new name.

A redesigned control center will also allow you to easily change settings and switch your music, all in one place.

And Apple will have a new "do not disturb" mode for driving. The new features earning the most applause from the audience, however were the ability to block videos from automatically playing in Safari and intelligent tracking prevention, essentially stopping those pesky targeted ads from following you around the internet.

The company also rolled out tools for developers to create augmented reality applications for iPhones and iPads.

He shared the unit's first example of work with a demo featuring a science-fiction based aerial attack at a remote space outpost.

The conference starts Monday in San Jose, California. Augmented reality is the blending of the physical and virtual worlds.

Coull said WingNut AR's first commercial content would be in the app store by late 2017.

And AppleWatch is in line for some upgrades, one of which will see it share information and data with some gym machines.

Apple's developer extravaganza WWDC 2017 is now underway and the Cupertino giant kicked off the keynote address with the announcement of upgrades coming to Apple TV. Both speakers can respond to voice requests for the news, weather and tasks such as turning on the lights. Cook kicked off the five-day WWDC that runs through June 9. Apple also unveiled the high-end iMac Pro coming in December starting at about $5,000. No NZ pricing available.

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