Amazon-Apple TV deal shows tough road to cooperation for tech rivals

Siri now uses machine learning "on-device" to suggest things like calendar entries and responses to messages.

The new version of Apple's mobile operating system has received a series of updates, including an update to Siri.

"HomePod packs powerful speaker technology, Siri intelligence and wireless access to the entire Apple Music library into a handsome speaker that is less than seven inches tall, can rock most any room with distortion-free music and be a helpful assistant around your home", Shiller said. This is because typically, Apple prefers making such revelations at the WWDC.

A prototype Apple HomePod is seen during the annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in San Jose, California, US, June 5, 2017.

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. The Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) CEO made a particular point of highlighting the mind-blowing sound quality of HomePod.

While the company is happy to mention Siri, it is clear that the Apple speaker is no formidable AI assistant just yet. Siri, a digital assistant that has been on Apple's iPhone since 2011, will be voice activated to respond to requests for information and other help around the house. Apple also assures that the speaker's data will remain encrypted for maximum security.

The "HomePod" speaker unveiled Monday is similar to devices from rivals, some of which have been on the market for years.

It will come with an upgraded version of the Safari web browser which will prevent videos from autoplaying and prevent users from being tracked across sites.

High Sierra will be released later this year as a free update, according to Federighi.

And if you're a tablet kind of person, besides seemingly being in an exclusive company these days, Apple is trying to hold your attention or wallet with the new iPad Pro.

An all-in-one desktop, Apple says that the new iMac Pro is supposed to be the "most powerful Mac ever" and will replace the Mac Pro line that has been getting a lot of flak as of late.

The HomePod is Apple's first new gadget in almost three years, following its announcement of the Apple Watch in September 2014.

Mac models were also boosted to work with virtual reality gear, a move by Apple into technology that Facebook has embraced with its Oculus unit. Many of those apps are sold via the App Store, which was revamped, and Apple gets a cut of all those sales.

Among the new iPad features in iOS 11 coming this fall, include the all-new Files app, customisable Dock, improved multitasking and deeper integration of Apple Pencil, iPad Pro gives users the ability to be even more productive and creative.