Apple Introduces The HomePod Speaker and Home Assistant

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With the Apple Music integration, and the ability of users to move over their music library to the HomePod, it is no surprise that the introduction video is all about music.

Besides that, augmented reality (AR) is coming to hundreds of millions of iOS devices this fall.

A prototype of Apple's new HomePod is displayed during the 2017 Apple Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) at the San Jose Convention Center on June 5, 2017 in San Jose, California. Apple says that makes the Mac a great platform for developing virtual-reality experiences.

Apple is entering the smart speaker space, and it's doing that with a new product launching this December called HomePod.

The HomePod speaker is created to work with an Apple Music subscription for access to over 40 million songs and comes with an array of six microphones, so users can interact with it from across the room, even while loud music is playing.

Apple is expected to announce plans this week to make its Siri voice assistant work with a larger variety of apps, but initial changes were expected to add just a small number of capabilities.

Along with upgraded versions of iPad and Mac laptops, Apple provided look at an iMac Pro work station that had the computing built in behind the screen and was touted as the most powerful computer the company has ever made. If the speculation pans out, the speaker would be Apple's first new product since its smartwatch in 2015.

Apple also unveiled the high-end iMac Pro for power users, which features a whopping 18-core Xeon processor.

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Further north, Iraqi forces are now fighting to retake the last ISIL-held areas of Mosul . Security forces said the attacker managed to hid the explosive under her full-body veil.

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 watchOS 4 brings more intelligence and fitness features to Apple Watch.

App Store customers have now downloaded more than 180 billion apps and Apple has paid out over US$70 billion to developers since the store launched in 2008.

With a new watch face, Apple Watch promises to learn about your routines to figure out what information to display on the watch face.

The new standard iMacs - available in 21.5-inch and 27-inch models, and priced from $1,099 to $2,299 - are also worthy of attention: They feature improved displays, along with CPU, GPU, memory, storage and connectivity improvements.

HomePod will go on sale in December in Australia, the U.S. and the United Kingdom and will cost American consumers $349 (A$465).

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. It needs to be plugged in to a physical wall socket and it's able to do a litany of tasks if you ask it - through Siri, of course.

The company will also introduce a new safety feature for drivers that hides incoming messages, and automatically sends a reply text to those messaging them noting that the Apple user is behind the wheel. The update also includes refinements to Photos, Safari and Mail.

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