As is tradition, Apple opened up this year’s WWDC with a broad proclamation: Let’s kill some competitors. We go through this every damn year.
The crowd cheered in California this morning, when Apple announced HomePod, a new smart speaker armed with Siri, the company’s virtual assistant. Minutes later, an image of the product appeared on Apple’s website and, well, holy crap, it looks just like HAL 9000! Is Apple screwing with us?
Apple is getting serious about augmented reality, and, at least in the carefully controlled on-stage demo, with really really good software-based AR that will, according to Apple, make its AR Kit the largest AR platform in the world.