Apple expected to reveal Amazon and Google smart speaker rival

Meanwhile, CNET declared that the HomePod's audio was "a lot better than Amazon Echo" and also "bolder and more vivid" than another high-end smart speaker on hand, the Sonos PLAY:3.

Apple speaker has a distinct design when compared to rivals, and the HomePod speaker is cylindrical in shape with a complete speaker mesh grille covering. The speaker has been created to use spatial awareness to automatically adjust the audio in a room, thanks to a custom array of seven beam-forming tweeters.

Apple vice president Phil Schiller said the company's Siri team tuned the virtual assistant as a "musicologist" that learns the tastes of listeners and gets songs from the internet cloud. Following in the Apple "pod" and "pad" naming tradition, HomePod uses Siri's machine intelligence for awareness in order to judge the size of the room and decide on music volumes all by itself. Not only does Apple not have Google's pedigree of solving its internal problems with A.I., but in many cases A.I. solutions run directly afoul of Apple culture by requiring the company to reduce or entirely give up its centralized control of a service or platform. If a song is playing, a user can ask HomePod "who's the drummer in this?" and instantly get an answer. According to company, this speaker doesn't send any data to Apple until you say "Hey Siri"... and when it does, it encrypts the data being transmitted through an anonymous Siri ID so no one can listen it. But Loup Ventures estimates that 10 million Echo and Home devices have been sold worldwide. Google followed with its Home speaker, featuring its plain-named Assistant, last year.

The new iOS update of iOS includes an update to Siri that features improved speech, such as the ability to help translate sentences into different languages. iOS 11 also has become more cognitive, maintaining better on-device remembrances of what you do on your iPhone or iPad. iMessages now will remain in the iCloud for better record-keeping. Earlier, back in 2014, Apple launched its smart watch. Although that product came out after other smartwatches hit the market, it quickly outshone competitors, according to industry research firms.

It's a been a long road for Apple TV customers who like to watch Amazon Video. It will play music while helping people manage their lives and homes.

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The new version of MacOS, which powers Apple's desktops and laptop computers will also likely be demonstrated. That's especially important because people are starting to access information, entertainment and search in a more "pervasive" way that's less dependent on smartphones, he said. Users will also be available to control smart home products such as connected lighting by speaking to Siri through the HomePod.

Along with upgraded versions of iPad and Mac laptops, Apple unveiled 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.

The announcement of a peer-to-peer payments option via the iMessage app is "a big deal, as it may signal a larger move toward debit card like payments that could open up new pools of payments profit for Apple". New iMacs released Monday are getting better displays and graphics capabilities. 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.

Also, the speaker comes with automatic room sensing technology so even if it's position in the room changes, it can quickly adapt and change performance accordingly.