This week on AI: Apple's Siri & AirPlay speaker, self-driving car tests & more

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in General Discussion edited April 2017
By far one of the most popular stories this week was that Apple's Siri-based Amazon Echo competitor might not only be alive, but nearly finished. We also caught a glimpse of Apple's self-driving testbed SUVs, and news that the fight between Apple and Qualcomm is stepping up a notch.




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Everything you need to know:

  • A combo Siri and AirPlay speaker could be announced as soon as June > >
  • Self-driving Apple vehicles were spotted in Silicon Valley > >
  • Apple has stopped royalty payments to Qualcomm until lawsuits are over > >
  • May will see the arrival of "Today at Apple" sessions at Apple stores > >
  • "iPhone 8" schematics reaffirmed chip and camera features > >
  • "iOS 11" may have a redesigned Music app with more emphasis on video > >
  • The Apple Watch NikeLab went on sale on Thursday > >
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A roundup of all of our hottest stories this week:

Apple 'finalizing' design of Amazon Echo rival based on Siri

Apple's self-driving testbed spotted in Silicon Valley

Apple to halt royalty payments to Qualcomm until end of ongoing legal battle

Apple to launch 'Today at Apple' retail sessions in late May

Purported internal schematic of 'iPhone 8' shows 'A11' chip, removable SIM

Apple's 'iOS 11' Music app to put more focus on Apple Music video content

Four ex-NASA engineers on Apple's list of autonomous car software testers

Apple pushes 'Carpool Karaoke' launch back to 'later this year'

Apple hires NASA AR/VR expert Jeff Norris to work on future products

Dutch judge rules Apple can't swap refurbished iPads for broken ones

Alleged 'iPhone 8' schematic shows wireless charging pad, no rear Touch ID

Apple Watch NikeLab now available from Nike itself, but not at Apple Retail

Apple Music to provide song content for Musical.ly, report says

Apple's Siri-based Echo competitor rumored to borrow design cues from Mac Pro, could arrive at WWDC

Apple lobbies California DMV to keep self-driving car plans out of public eye

Apple assembler Foxconn says US investment coming, details unsettled

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 4
    Speaking of AirPlay:

    Can anyone here recommend an iPhone (not iPad) audio recording app that can send playback to an AirPlay speaker?

    Apple's "Voice Memos" and "Music Memos" seem not to support AirPlay.  Searching yesterday, I wasn't able to find an obvious solution.
  • Reply 2 of 4
    leshikleshik Posts: 6member
    Haven't seen anyone comment that the passenger in the car is wearing VR/AR goggles. May he be driving virtually, or viewing a virtual drive?.... 
  • Reply 3 of 4
    slprescottslprescott Posts: 748member
    leshik said:
    Haven't seen anyone comment that the passenger in the car is wearing VR/AR goggles. May he be driving virtually, or viewing a virtual drive?.... 
    Looks to me like the passenger is wearing a baseball cap and dark sunglasses.
  • Reply 4 of 4
    tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 43,399member
    leshik said:
    Haven't seen anyone comment that the passenger in the car is wearing VR/AR goggles. May he be driving virtually, or viewing a virtual drive?.... 
    I’ve always liked the idea of projecting something onto the windshield of a car. You could put the dashboard there so that eyes never leave the road. You could project a view of turn by turn directions directly onto the road as the driver sees it, too.

    No way am I wearing glasses to do that, though. People hate 3D movies; they won’t put up with that. It’s why Google Glass failed (well, it’s Google, so that’s also part of it).
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