Published: Fri, June 09, 2017
Culture&Arts | By Sandra Brady

Apple adds Amazon Prime Video to Apple TV, "Toy Story" to Watch

Apple adds Amazon Prime Video to Apple TV,

It's called the HomePod and Apple thinks it will reinvent home music.

It's part of Apple's effort to entice professionals with tablets that can handle many tasks previously reserved for laptops.

The money can be stored on a virtual card and used with Apple Pay, which Apple expects will be accepted in 50 percent of US retailers by the end of the year.

The free software update for mobile devices, iOS 11, is expected in September when Apple typically releases new iPhones.

About 5,300 developers from 75 countries were expected to attend this year's conference, which returned to San Jose for the first time in 15 years (it had been in San Francisco's Moscone Center).

The event began with an Apple video portraying what life might be like without an app store. If the speculation pans out, the speaker would be Apple's first new product since its smartwatch in 2015.

Both Amazon Echo and Google Home respond to voice commands to play songs, look up stuff online, check the weather, set a reminder or control Internet-connected home appliances. For instance, Apple initially resisted enlarging the size of iPhone's screen despite strong sales for larger-display phones made by Samsung and other rivals.

Still, the Apple Watch hasn't been a smash hit, fueling worries that the company's ability to transfix customers had waned after the 2011 death of co-founder Steve Jobs.

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There, Apple shares the lead with Chinese company Xiaomi, whose fitness tracking wristbands are mostly sold in China.

Firstly, according to an alleged Foxconn insider, Apple's AR glasses that are being developed under "Project Mirrorshades" have a 65 per cent chance of not being around in 2018/2019.

Apple's annual developers conference is the company's chance to preview upcoming features for iPhones, iPads, watches and Mac computers. The most popular paid apps are usually games.

HomePod will run on the Apple A8 silicon, with what Apple is calling "perhaps the biggest brain ever in a speaker".

As well as announcing the impressive new iMac Pro, Apple used WWDC to introduce the Apple HomePod - a speaker and home assistant that will compete with the Google Home and Amazon Alexa. Apple's HomePod will rely on its own HomeKit for support while Google Home has various partners for smart home hardware that include Samsung, Nest and Philips.

The technology giant also announced a new software kit for developers called ARKit, which will enabled app developers to build augmented reality apps on Apple's platforms more easily.

"Though Apple appears to be playing catch up with Amazon and Google, the primary casualty here may be Sonos". Google followed with its Home speaker, featuring its plain-named Assistant, last year.

Siri's name recognition could play a role in HomePod adoption.

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