Stop Comparing Apple's HomePod to Alexa and Google Home Right Now

A developer conference in the heart of Silicon Valley isn't an obvious locale for influencing the way people shop, but the updates rolling out of Apple's annual Worldwide Developer's Conference (WWDC) in San Jose stand to change the way we search, view and pay for products online, and developers are downright giddy.

The Camera app has been enhanced, with a simple long exposure setting added, and videos and photos will be stored in new formats (HVEC and HEIF) which will save on space, but (Apple say) still be compatible for sharing with other devices. Yet Monday's announcement, rather than being routine, was the result of a negotiation stretching back at least to 2015 when Amazon stopped selling Apple TVs on its retail site. These giants are battling over still-emerging fields that are expected to turn into technological gold mines, much the way personal computers and smartphones became moneymaking machines in previous decades.

Amazon's popular voice-controlled speaker, the Echo, can be told to play songs from an Amazon music account or even Spotify, but not from Apple Music. Apple overlaid their A8 chip, which is the real brains behind the speaker, allowing the device to adapt audio playback to the environment that the speaker is set in.

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Additionally, Siri through HomePod can get answers and provide assistance with measurements, translations, news, sports, traffic, general knowledge questions, and more. Amazon sells the main version of the Echo for $180; Google's Home speaker goes for $130.

On a monthly basis, that means about 35.6 million consumers are chatting with Google Home, Amazon Echo, or a similar device.

But it's also possible that the HomePod could expose Siri as less capable than Amazon's Alexa, Google's Assistant and Microsoft's Cortana, Blaber said.

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The watch can communicate with some gym equipment to share data between the two - like your heart rate or the treadmill's incline. It will use machine learning to turn your Live Photos into shareable looping images and select individual clips from the photo.

Apple had plenty of other announcements. It will block videos that start playing automatically, for instance, and can also prevent ads from following and profiling users. MacBook Pro, MacBook, iMac and iPad Pro ranges got refreshed with better specifications and price points.

Apple plans to roll out a new feature included in its new operating software that will detect when someone is driving and lock their phones down. Another feature making its debut in iOS 11 is person-to-person payment support via the Messages Apple Pay app. Apple also laid some groundwork for augmented reality, the projection of digital features onto real-world surroundings, by giving app developers tools for incorporating AR into their products.

If you're still tempted to try out iOS 11, macOS 10.13, or watchOS 4, it is highly recommended that you use a test device and not your primary iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple Watch that you need to work as expected.

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