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Apple is under pressure to wow at WWDC

Apple is under pressure to wow at WWDC”

The $349 HomePod wifi speaker has 7 beam-forming tweeters, a custom subwoofer, multi-channel echo cancelling, and acoustic modeling in an Apple-y little futuristic shell, trumpeted VP Phil Schiller.

Safari, Apple's web browser, seeks to make users' online experience smoother and less annoying. Apple also updated its MacBook laptops with faster processors.

The Echo, released in 2015, and Google Home, released a year ago, were the first entrants in a promising market. The speaker will feature native support for Apple Music, but Apple didn't reveal more of the technical details about what music playback support will be available for the HomePod.

Apple unleashed a slew of new products, software, and updates at its annual Worldwide Developer Conference, or WWDC, on Monday.

Amid the pre-WWDC speculation that pegged the potential Siri speaker as Apple's answer to assistants like the Amazon Echo, Apple made a curious move to lead explicitly with the HomePod as a higher-end audio speaker that's powered by its Siri virtual assistant. It is coming out this fall and will be a free update. The HomePod is created to work along with Apple Music, so it essentially requires one to have a subscription to music streaming service, which will give access to over 40 million songs.

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The browser's new "intelligent tracking prevention", meanwhile, will use machine learning to identify and block digital-ad trackers in order to keep advertisers from following and profiling users.

Apple says Amazon will be making an app for its video service for the Apple TV device this year, filling one of the major gaps on Apple's streaming TV device.

This time, Apple is expected to announce iOS 11, macOS 10.13, watchOS 4, and tvOS11.

But, unlike smartwatches in 2015, the smart speaker market isn't crying out for a company to swan in and make a model that lives up to the promise.

The lack of a breakthrough device has periodically raised concerns that Apple has become too dependent on the iPhone.

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Samsung doubled the number of wearable devices shipped compared with the previous year, but it's still at fourth overall, at less than 5 percent, just ahead of Garmin.

Over the course of the past year of booming interest in bots and artificial intelligence, Siri has largely been overshadowed by competitors like Microsoft's Cortana, Amazon's Alexa, and the Google Assistant, each of which has opened up to third-party developers.

"Though Apple appears to be playing catch up with Amazon and Google, the primary casualty here may be Sonos".

The technology giant also announced a new software kit for developers called ARKit, which will enabled app developers to build augmented reality apps on Apple's platforms more easily.

Siri's name recognition could play a role in HomePod adoption.

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