New smart speaker expected as Apple kicks off conference

New smart speaker expected as Apple kicks off conference

New smart speaker expected as Apple kicks off conference

The HomePod speaker has six built-in microphones compared to 1 on Siri, so response rate should be much better.

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook also announced on Monday that content from Amazon Prime Video, long absent from the Apple TV product, would come to Apple devices such as the TV, iPhones and iPad later this year.

HomePod uses the company's A8 chip, which Apple also uses for its mobile devices.

The tech giant confirmed the device would go on sale in December in the US, UK and Australia. An early glimpse at updates to iPhone and Ma.

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Prime Video arriving on Apple TV ends the last prominent holdout from a major streaming service on Apple's platform.

The company was expected to introduce iOS 11, the next version of the software that powers the iPhone and iPad. "It's the biggest brains ever in a speaker", said Apple senior vice president Phil Schiller.

The Siri face for the Apple Watch was the first step in that direction, blending users' calendar information with other useful details, like airline tickets they may have booked. Additionally, Siri will be able to chime in by answering follow-up questions, and offer multiple results to queries.

The company's App Store, which receives 500 million weekly visitors and has seen 180 billion downloads in its nine-year history, was also given a redesign.

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