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Apple Just Revealed A New Device That Will 'Reinvent' How You Listen To Music

Plus new Macs, new iOS, a new iPad Pro, and more.
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Apple just finished the keynote for its Worldwide Developer's Conference (WWDC). The presentation covered all the WWDC mainstays—a new version of macOS and a new version of iOS, both arriving in the fall—as well as a handful of hardware odds and ends, and the long-rumored Siri-powered speaker.

HomePod

The biggest announcement of WWDC this year is Apple's long-rumored smart speaker, officially dubbed the 'HomePod.'

At just under seven inches high and powered by Apple's A8 chip that you will also find in iPhones, HomePod is a speaker that uses sensing technology in an attempt to offer fuller, spacious sound. Multiple HomePods can also be networked together for especially large rooms.

As expected, the HomePod can react to voice commands with the help of Siri, much like competing smart speakers from Amazon and Google. Although while the Echo and the Home bill themselves as voice assistants first and speakers second, it looks like Apple is positioning HomePod as a speaker first, with Home Assistant features as the added bonus. Through voice commands, the HomePod looks to be able to general question answering, calendar adjustment, and timer setting just like a Google Home or regular old Siri can. The details of how far it can go are still fuzzy for the time being. The HomePad can also interact with smart appliances that work with HomeKit. Example commands include:

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The HomePod comes in white and grey and starts shipping this December for $350. By comparison, you can buy a Google Home for $110 or an Amazon Echo for $180.

Other revelations from the conference:

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  • macOS High Sierra coming free this fall with under-the-hood tweaks for faster performance
  • An iMac Pro is coming in December for $5,000
  • iOS 11 gives Siri a voice update and translation powers, and comes with a redesigned App Store
  • There's a new iPad Pro with a 10.5-inch screen

This story originally appeared on Esquire.co.uk.

* Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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