But Apple was careful to frame it as a product focused on music first - potentially differentiating it from the Echo and Home. HomePod uses seven beam-forming tweeters as well as an upward-facing woofer for audio playback, and an array of six microphones for voice control.
Being a HomeKit device means that the Apple HomePod can fit into the same roles as the Amazon Echo or Google Home, controlling other HomeKit devices. The device is not portable and requires an AC connection, but that puts the HomePod on a par with existing smart speakers. The company had Industrial Light and Magic's John Knoll on stage for a live demo of a Vive virtual reality Star Wars game using a Mac. Safari will also be able to block all autoplays on videos, and it will have "intelligent tracking prevention", which is machine learning tech that allows it to identify trackers and, thus, protect your privacy.
Wenger has two-year deal in place
Wenger did however manage to guide the Gunners to FA Cup glory with an impressive 2-1 win over Chelsea on Saturday. Wenger's new contract brings to an end the most traumatic season of his near 21-year Arsenal tenure.
Alongside the United States and UK, Australia will be one of the first markets around the world to get the HomePod in Apple Stores, both in space grey and white colours.
Apple announced ARKit, a new developer application for adding virtual objects to real surfaces in the camera.
In previous years, Apple has introduced next generation operating systems for its computers, tablets, and phones; unveiled new services such as Apple Music; and announced redesigned Mac computers and accessories. Developers will keep an eye out for hints about new capabilities in the next iPhone, such as so-called augmented reality, in which digital information is overlaid on real-world images. 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.
Kompany looking towards next season after Watford win
A failure to learn English also counted against a manager that has overseen a run of five straight Premier League defeats. However, Guardiola is the latest manager to speak out against the new rule and posed the question about referee reviews.
The HomePod is Apple's first new gadget in almost three years, following its announcement of the Apple Watch in September 2014. Apple is yet to reveal what it will cost in the United Kingdom, but we expect to see it price around £300.
The HomePod comes with an A8 fusion chip, the same one that powers the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Video in High Sierra now uses the HEVC compression standard, which supports high quality 4k videos at up to 40 percent smaller file sizes than the current H.264 standard. The store's 500 million weekly users will see new tabs highlighting curated collections and article-like stories made by Apple, not just developers.
On the software front, RBC Capital analyst Amit Daryanani expects the iOS 11 - the next operating system for Apple's iPhones and iPads - to get an overhaul that will accommodate the anticipated removal of the home button from the 10th anniversary model of the iPhone due out later this year.
Mortician offers to show off astronaut's dead body
The Air Force has launched an investigation into allegations a mortuary employee at Dover Air Force Base offered to show Sen. John Glenn's (D-Ohio) remains were disrespected before his burial earlier this year, according to a new report.
The new versions of MacOS and iOS are already available in beta for developers, and the public release for consumers is coming this fall.