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Siri can do those things, too, but Apple's pitch for Siri-powered HomePod is instead focused heavily on music - the company appears to bank on consumers paying for smart speakers that deliver high-quality audio sound as a sort of gateway into the world of smart home assistants.

Ten years on from the launch of Apple's first iPhone, no announcements were made about the next release. It can play music from Apple Music, tell you the news, do unit conversions, send messages, schedule reminders, set timers, translate, check stocks, answer trivia questions, and tell you what the traffic is like. But the company relented, and Apple's larger phones have become hot commodities as more people have embraced having a bigger display to look at pictures and watch video on the devices.

Apple Watch has emerged as the market leader for smartwatches - but it has competition after including basic fitness trackers in the count. Fitbit, once the leader of wearable devices, is third at about 12 percent.

Apple also says it'll be easy to pair with your Apple devices, just like it is with the Apple AirPods due to the W1 chip and support multi-room audio - a feature we greatly appreciated in this year's Beats headphones line-up.

Apple is expected to unveil new features for its Apple Watch as its Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off on Monday.

Jackson wasn't in San Jose (he's now producing WingNut's latest feature film, Mortal Engines in Wellington) but he said, in a statement, that the new technology had endless creative potential. The idea is to get outside software programmers geared up to write apps for Apple products.

While there's a chance Apple could reveal more colors for the HomePod between now and December, nothing was said to imply that.

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Some of the most popular apps, such as Facebook, Instagram and Sanpchat, don't cost anything.

Among the new features of iOS 11 is the ability to make person-to-person payments through Apple's messaging app, thanks to new integration with the Apple Pay system. This week, this included "Minecraft: Pocket" and a new version of "Goat Simulator", an oddball game that's exactly what its name sounds like. It's both a smart speaker and powerful source of music.

Some industry insiders, however, note Apple will be under more pressure to improve the computing smarts of its Siri software in the face of offerings from rivals Google and Amazon.

Speaking to 5,300 attendees who are mostly app developers at the mega hall of McEnery Convention Center, the head honcho of Apple gave an introduction and brief insight on all the new announcements, followed by detailed presentations by respective product heads.

That leaves Apple. Although it was the first smartphone maker to come out with a digital assistant when Siri debuted in 2011, it hasn't had a stand-alone assistant.

Also, HomePod is also compatible with Apple services like iMessage and HomeKit.

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