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New Products Unveiled at the Apple World Wide Developers Conference

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This past week, Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage at the Apple World Wide Developers Conference to announce some new products including a speaker called HomePod, a new iMac Pro, upgraded iMacs and MacBooks, new iPads, and numerous updates to its existing operating systems. Apple has now created a rival to the Amazon Echo called HomePod. On Monday the speaker was unveiled, but will not be available until December. The speaker is nothing more than a seven inch tall canister wrapped in shiny mesh powered by the Siri voice assistant. Apple has directed their focus towards the speakers overall sound quality, which can be lackluster on rival devices. HomePod has an array of speakers to create virtual surround sound. Valued at $349, HomePod is more expensive than both Amazon and Google’s speaker systems combined but Phil Schiller, Apple’s Marketing Chief says it’s worth the money. Junior Dom Vitiello, who has been quoted in every Mine article, said “$349 for the HomePod is OUTRAGEOUS! Apple is scheming.” The speaker will respond to voice commands using Apple’s voice assistant, Siri, and is closely integrated with Apple Music. Apple also announced a bunch of tweaks to the Mac lineup, which many people think is long overdue. The new desktops now have a higher memory capacity and stronger graphics performance.The 21.5-inch iMac starts at $1,099; a 21.5-inch, 4K-capable iMac Retina will cost $1,299; and a 25-inch iMac Retina 5K goes for $1,799.

Apple has updated its iPad Pro line, increasing the basic screen size of the higher-end tablet to 10.5 inches, rather than the 9.7-inch screen that has been the basic iPad’s screen size since it was introduced.

The 10.5-inch model will start at $649, with the bigger 12.9-inch model starting at $799. Apple is also doubling the storage space on these models, and the larger model will have a version with 512 GB of storage. Users will be able to order the tablets now; they ship next week. Junior Peter Fahey, Apple expert, had this to say about the new iPad pro line: “I cant wait to get my hands on a new iPad! Now me and Harry (his 6 year old brother) won’t have to fight over it!” With all of this hype surrounding these new products, lets hope they wont disappoint.

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