And while its competition has had a head start - the Amazon Echo launched in 2014 for Amazon Prime members and the Google Home was released past year - experts in voice and visual search said instead of being late to the party, Apple could raise the bar like it did for digital music players when it launched the iPod, or smartphones, as it did with the iPhone. The Siri digital assistant has been updated to understand more spoken requests focused on music, he added.
Apple's speaker, called HomePod, emphasises the enjoyment of music and looks like a wide can with curved edges. Making the most of it will require a subscription to Apple's own music streaming service, which runs $10 to $15 per month and has attracted 27 million subscribers so far.
HomePod is controlled using Siri, the company's voice-activated personal assistant, which has, according to Apple, been trained to be better at answering questions about music such as "Hey Siri, who's the drummer in this?"
Tim Cook, Apple CEO and Auburn alumnus, walks onto the stage at the Telfair B. Peet Theatre, on Thursday, April 5, 2017 in Auburn, Ala. Whereas Amazon sells the main version of the Echo for $180; Google's Home speaker goes for $130.
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The Echo, released in 2015, and Google Home, released past year, were the first entrants in a promising market. Apple said the same chip used in the iPhone will power the speaker.
Apple is also updating the operating software for its Apple Watch, including new watch faces, more personalized alerts that use machine learning to tailor information to you based on your routines and tastes. "It's the biggest brains ever in a speaker", said Apple senior vice president Phil Schiller. It's also what Microsoft is targeting with the Surface Pro; a new model comes out on June 15. (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. For instance, Apple initially resisted enlarging the size of the iPhone's screen despite strong sales for larger-display phones made by Samsung and other rivals.
Safari, Apple's web browser, seeks to make users' online experience smoother and less annoying. It will not actually block ads, though. It's part of Apple's effort to entice professionals with tablets that can handle many tasks previously reserved for laptops.
New features coming to iPhones and iPads include messages that sync to Apple servers in the cloud. Developers will keep an eye out for hints about new capabilities in the next iPhone, such as so-called augmented reality, in which digital information is overlaid on real-world images. So far, the service has limited payments to purchases of products and services from companies and other organizations. It took three years for Apple to launch this new device.
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