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Apple finally reveals its Siri-powered Amazon Echo killer

Apple finally reveals its Siri-powered Amazon Echo killer

Apple took the covers off a home speaker called HomePod with Siri as a voice-activated butler.

Virtual reality has been described as the next big thing for decades. It would mark an effort by Apple to catch up with Amazon and Google.

Apple's entry into the market could change this.

At today's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Jose, CA, Apple broke with convention and unveiled new devices in addition to its sneak peek at iOS 11.

Both Amazon.com Inc. and Google parent company Alphabet Inc. most likely sell their home speakers and other hardware at a loss or perhaps a small profit. Siri, a digital assistant that has been on Apple's iPhone since 2011, will be voice activated to respond to requests for information and other help around the house.

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The free software update for mobile devices, iOS 11, is expected in September when Apple typically releases new iPhones. Created to work with Apple Music, HomePod (what do you think of the name?) contains an upward-facing woofer for deep bass, and has an array of seven beam-forming tweeters to fire sound in all directions - all powered by Apple's own A8 chip. Priced at $349, HomePad will go on sale in US, UK and Australia in December this year. David Limp, Amazon's senior vice president of devices, said he's open to talking with Apple, Google or other firms about loading up other voice assistants, too.

The Echo, released in 2015, and Google Home, released past year, were the first entrants in a promising market.

More than 35 million people in the US are expected to use a voice-activated speaker at least once a month this year, more than doubling from last year, according the research firm eMarketer. "With artificial intelligence and machine-learning capability as part of its architecture, the HomePod will only get smarter over time".

"Out of close to half a billion households in China, at least 150 million households - based on affluence and high annual income - could potentially make up the total addressable market for smart speakers in the country". And your messages will be context-sensitive: if someone says "You owe me $20", that'll show up with a nice little underline and automatically prompt you to select Apple Pay from your auto-complete bar.

Analysts said Apple is playing to its strength in the music industry by focusing on sound quality and its catalog of songs. Apple seems focused on making the very best home speaker, particularly for people who use the company's Apple Music service. 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. However, Apple may have just made what could prove a key debut yesterday.

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Apple had plenty of other announcements.

Unlike Google competitor Chrome, Federighi stressed, Safari won't block ads.

The other two devices that Apple unveiled aren't as surprising, but still nice additions to its existing product lineup: The iMac Pro (scheduled for a December release) is a workstation that will appeal to designers, and the new iPad Pro in 10.5 and 12.9-inch models (out this fall) is a far more powerful tablet than its predecessors. Apple also laid some groundwork for augmented reality, the projection of digital features onto real-world surroundings, by giving app developers tools for incorporating AR into their products.

The company's Apple Pay system that consumers can use to buy stuff now will accommodate person-to-person payments.

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