Introducing Apple's New Smart Speaker

HomePod was unveiled at WWDC 2017 June 6, 2017

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Apple took the wraps off its first wireless smart speaker, the HomePod, at its Worldwide Developers Conference this week.

Designed to work with an Apple Music subscription and featuring built-in Siri technology, the almost 7-inch HomePod will come in white and Space Gray. It has an upward-firing woofer, touch controls, seven tweeters meant to provide omnidirectional sound, and six microphones.

It will ship in December at a $349 suggested retail. 

Consumers can use voice control to search for music and, saying, “Hey Siri, I like this song,” the platform will learn preferences. Advanced searches will even tell users the particular musician playing in a song. The HomePod can also be used as a hub to control HomeKit accessories.

Room-sensing technology allows the speaker to learn its position in a room, and will tailor the sound output based on its placement.

Apple also introduced a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro and previewed the upcoming iOS 11 today at the annual developers’ event. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro size will remain, but will be refreshed with the new technology upgrades.   

Apple also previewed its upcoming iOS 11, which will include such advancements as Multi-Touch Drag And Drop to move files from one app to another. A Files app will store everything in one place, whether files are stored locally, in iCloud Drive or across other providers, the company said.

In addition, a new document scanner in Notes will scan single- or multi-page documents, removing shadows and enhancing readability. The new iOS will be released this fall.

A version of this article was originally posted on TWICE.

 

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