Now that HomePod is ready to start getting into the hands of customers, Apple’s Phil Schiller sat down with Sound and Vision to talk about what sets the company’s smart speaker apart from similar offerings by Amazon, Google and Sonos.
Apple’s marketing boss said recently that Echo-like smart speakers should sport a built-in display to help customers accomplish tasks that voice-only assistants are not very good at, like sharing photos and other interactions that may require some sort of non-voice input from the user.
A quick look at MacRumors’ Buyers Guide is all it takes to realize Apple’s neglected its Mac fans with slow upgrades. Part of the problem lies in Apple’s heavy reliance on Intel. Making matters worse, the chip maker abandoned its tick-tock release schedule as it’s become economically unsustainable.
Perhaps that’s why Apple summoned its senior executives Phil Schiller, Craig Federighi and John Ternus for “a small roundtable discussion about Mac” with five journalists (Matthew Panzarino, Lance Ulanoff, Ina Fried, John Paczkowski and John Gruber).
Mac mini is an “important” model in Apple’s family of computers and will remain a product in the company’s lineup for the time being, said Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller when BuzzFeed’s reporter John Paczkowski asked him about the state of the most affordable Mac desktop. He did not say, however, when the small computer might receive a hardware refresh.
Talking to a cherry-picked group of reporters in a white stucco building near Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller, and Senior Vice President of Software Engineering, Craig Federighi, have officially confirmed that new iMacs are coming later this year.
What’s more, the new all-in-one desktops will appeal to a segment of pro users as well. Apple also issued a minor spec-bump to the aging Mac Pro today.
Apple’s Mac Pro, last updated in December 2013, is receiving a spec-bump with faster Intel chips and other updates. The current Mac Pro model with a quad-core Xeon chip and dual AMD FirePro D300 graphics now has a faster processor with six cores and dual D500 GPUs for $2,999. The $3,999 six-core model with dual AMD FirePro D500 graphics now comes with eight CPU cores and dual D800 GPUs.