Published: Wed, June 07, 2017
Science | By Cecil Little

Apple's HomePod speaker brings Siri into the living room

Of course, being a part of Apple's walled garden has its drawbacks too - you only need to look at how Siri works on iPhones to see that. (Many reviewers have suggested that the current incarnation of Apple's assistant already trails competitors in key respects.) "This is the start of the AI wars", he said.

Apple says its Safari browser on the Mac will try to guard your privacy by identifying and blocking data files that track you as you move from website to website. It also introduced autoplay blocking, which stops music and video from playing automatically without your permission on websites as well as "intelligent tracking prevention", which stops ads from following you around the web. Like the Amazon Echo and Google Home, Apple's HomePod speaker will play music while also helping people to manage their lives and homes. Augmented reality is the blending of the physical and virtual worlds.

Apple's senior vice-president of software engineering, Craig Federighi, demonstrated the company's AR capabilities by placing a virtual coffee cup, lamp and vase onto a real table. And earlier this year, Apple was said to be developing its own chips to handle tasks such as graphics processing and artificial intelligence - the latter, underpinning technologies such as speech and facial recognition. So far, interest in VR has been strongest among gamers, developers and hardware makers rather than everyday users.

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WWDC is Apple's annual pitch to software engineers to continue building programs for the iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple Watch. This may be the start of a new push. But it's a lot cheaper than the iPhone, which starts at US$649 (RM2,762) and is now the main way people access Siri. What's Apple going to unveil next, if anything major at all? Apple's approach protects privacy, but might make the service less useful when switching devices.

New features coming to iPhones and iPads, meanwhile, include marginal improvements such as syncing messages to Apple servers in the cloud, saving storage space on phones and tablets. So far there is no word on global pricing, and no indication of what the most powerful iteration of the device - with 18-core Xeon processors, a Radeon Pro Vega GPU with 16GB of VRAM and a 4TB SSD hard drive - will cost.

For photos, Apple is turning to a "high efficiency" format to replace the widely used JPEG standard. Apple will also have new tools for organizing photos and creating sharable videos. On iPad Pro, a redesigned app switcher and customisable dock gives the operating system a flatter, more modern look. Before, Apple Pay transactions could be done only with businesses and institutions.

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"New indoor maps of areas like malls and airports indicated that Apple might be laying groundwork to display information over images of those places in the future". Self-driving cars? Apple has been spotted testing a sensor-laden Lexus around Silicon Valley.

Along with upgraded versions of iPad and Mac laptops, Apple unveiled an iMac Pro work station that had the computing built in behind the screen and was touted as the most powerful computer the company has ever made.

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