Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 6th Jun 2017 16:15 UTC
Apple

We've already covered the most interesting announcements Apple made last night, so consider this item a grab bag of other things the company announced. First, a new iPad Pro with thinner bezels housing a 10.5" display, 120Hz refresh rate, better pen tracking, and, of course, eventually it'll get iOS 11 with a lot of iPad-specific improvements.

Apple also entered the market for speakers-you-can-talk-to with the HomePod, which is exactly what it sounds like: Siri in a can with a bunch of speakers. None of these products - the Echo, the Google Home, or this one - are available in The Netherlands, so I have no idea how useful they actually are. I don't quite understand what a speaker which will be invariably worse than your hi-fi system has to offer over your smartphone and a ChromeCast or ChromeCast Audio, especially since you can't take the can with you. Maybe I'm just not getting it.

Then there's watchOS 4:

Apple has announced new features for watchOS 4, including major updates coming to Workouts, Activity, Music, all-new watch faces, and "GymKit," which provides a seamless connection between Apple Watch and gym equipment.

Combined with yesterday's items, this covers pretty much all of the stuff Apple announced last night. A lot of cool new features and products to look forward to for Apple users.

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Just not getting it? Convenience
by avgalen on Wed 7th Jun 2017 08:40 UTC
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I don't quite understand what a speaker which will be invariably worse than your hi-fi system has to offer over your smartphone and a ChromeCast or ChromeCast Audio, especially since you can't take the can with you. Maybe I'm just not getting it.

Option 1: Take a personal smartphone that requires manual unlocking, add a voice assistant and several apps, pair it with a speaker/hifi-set or maybe a chromecast and tv and after all that geeking you might have something that works for you
Option 2: Buy a cheaper device that "just works" for the entire family and can be activated by just saying a "Hey"

My 3 year old son would love to say "Hey, play Cars 2 music" but instead he says "Hey papa, I want to hear Cars 2 music" and now papa has to execute. I can understand the appeal of such a device and would probably get one if it would work in Dutch AND supported the services that I use.

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