Amazon Echo and Google Home face fierce competition as Apple HomePod gets upgraded


The smart speaker revolution continues to gain pace with Amazon’s Echo and the Google Home two of the most popular devices you can buy.

However, Apple’s premium HomePod is now getting a big upgrade which could make it a much better option than its cheaper rivals.

The HomePod already offers some superior audio quality and now Apple is about to launch a swathe new features that could add to its appeal.

The news of the upgrade was announced during the firm’s WWDC keynote in California with this device now getting the ability to distinguish voices.

This means that different family members will get a much better experience when they speak to Siri.

Apple says that the HomePod will be able to deliver personal requests, including messages, music, reminders and calendar information.

Another big change is the inclusion of more live radio with the HomePod getting access to over 100,000 new music stations from iHeartRadio, and TuneIn.

When the update arrives later this year, HomePod users will also get a new sleep timer which turns off music after a set amount of time and Handoff enables users to easily move music, podcasts or a phone call to HomePod when they arrive home.

Although Apple hasn’t confirmed when the HomePod upgrade will officially be released it seems almost certain that September will be the date to put in your diary.

Along with the update to the HomePod, Apple has also revealed its new iOS 13 iPhone software which will bring a Dark Mode to these popular devices.

The iPad also gets its own operating system called iPadOS and there’s new features coming to the Mac with the Catalina upgrade.

Finally, the firm revealed its new Mac Pro PC which has been designed for maximum performance, expansion and configurability.

Apple says the all-new Mac Pro features workstation-class Xeon processors up to 28 cores, a high-performance memory system with a massive 1.5TB capacity, eight PCIe expansion slots and a graphics architecture featuring the world’s most powerful graphics card.

It also introduces Apple Afterburner, a game-changing accelerator card that enables playback of three streams of 8K ProRes RAW video simultaneously.]

The all-new Mac Pro starts at $5,999 and will be available to order in this autumn.

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