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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RE: Regarding HomePod
by bryanv on Tue 6th Jun 2017 18:58 UTC in reply to "Regarding HomePod"
bryanv
Member since:
2005-08-26

That gimmick is probably also harvesting random conversation data to sell to advertisers or use for product research / marketing.
Just saying.

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RE[2]: Regarding HomePod
by kamil_chatrnuch on Tue 6th Jun 2017 19:13 in reply to "RE: Regarding HomePod"
kamil_chatrnuch Member since:
2005-07-07

no, it's not. check before "just saying".

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RE[3]: Regarding HomePod
by darknexus on Tue 6th Jun 2017 20:20 in reply to "RE[2]: Regarding HomePod"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Well, to be fair, they say it's not. That said, given the amount of scrutiny Apple in particular tend to get due to their very public stance on user privacy, they're probably telling the truth. The last thing they'd want is a network security specialist running Wireshark and outing them. Google and Amazon, on the other hand, collect your data and don't give a rat's ass what you might think about their practices.

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