Apple 'HomePod' speaker to take on Amazon, Google

Metadata, therefore, already provides extremely helpful information to investigators without Apple defying its promise of protecting user data through encryption.

"We think we can do lots to make this experience much better", said Apple CEO Tim Cook at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, Calif.

As recent as mid-May, a Russian security company that develops forensic software, discovered that deleted Apple Notes would still be retrievable from iCloud even after the 30 days period when they remain active in the Recently Deleted folder. So, why choose to undersell its capacity to outdo other voice-activated speakers as a voice-assistant? By treating hardware as an opportunity rather than a means to an end, Apple might actually be able to deliver a product that ends up as more than a gimmicky metal tube bound to eventually collect dust on a shelf.

While many have been quick to bash the device for its uninspired design and lack of innovation, others suggest Apple is playing a different game here by offering the best of both worlds: ease of use and superb sound quality for music.

Since the launch of Amazon's Echo past year and Google Home in March, both of which have been popular with consumers, Apple had been widely expected to enter the market.

The next version of the Apple Watch operating system - watchOS 4 - includes a new watch face that puts the company's intelligent assistant Siri front and centre.

Apple Inc, once a pioneer in cutting-edge consumer electronics products, played catch-up with new-age rivals Google and Amazon Inc when it showcased its HomePod speaker on Monday. (Apple is widely expected to introduce a redesigned version of its iconic handset this fall.) Apple trotted out upgrades to its Mac and iPad lines, and as anticipated, it announced the HomePod speaker. The Siri digital assistant has been updated to understand more spoken requests focused on music, he added.




Virtual reality has been described as the next big thing for decades.

A brand new 10.5-inch iPad Pro was announced alongside a refreshed 12.9-inch model.

The new 10.5-inch model reduces the borders by almost 40 percent to fit into an incredibly compact package that still weighs just one pound. The new iPad Pros are accompanied by a brand new Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard.

Launching the HomePod is the most startup-y move Apple has made in years.

The macOS High Sierra offers an all-new file system, support for High-Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) and an update to Metal, Apple's advanced graphics technology.

Back at TechCrunch Disrupt New York 2016, Mike George, Amazon's VP of Echo, pointed to music when asked about the device's most common use case. The Workout app has a new and cleaner UI and a brand new high-intensity interval training workout option.

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