Apple's Unveils New HomePod Voice-controlled Speaker, Competing With Amazon's Echo

Apple CEO Tim Cook to address 2017 graduates at MIT

Apple CEO Tim Cook to address 2017 graduates at MIT

Like the $179 Amazon Echo and $109 Google Home devices, Apple's new HomePod can be controlled with verbal commands using Apple's familiar Siri voice recognition system. For instance, the iPhone, is one of the most expensive smartphones, yet Apple sells it tens of millions every year. The Cupertino tech giant's WWDC is traditionally more focused on its software. Essentially, the device is created to be a combination between a wireless speaker (like UE Boom series or Bose SoundLink) and a smart home speaker.

However, the star of the event was the HomePod. Moreover, Siri will respond to requests for information and other help around the house.

Speaking at the conference earlier today, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing Philip Schiller said that the device will "reinvent home music. just like the iPod reinvented music in our pockets". And then there's a new generation of smart speakers like Amazon Echo and Google Home, but those don't really sound good. Year-over-year, the number of USA consumers using voice-activated assistant devices is up 128.9%, according to eMarketer.

Powering the HomePod is an Apple A8 processor, which handles all the heavy lifting demands of the real-time acoustic modeling, audio beam forming, and multi-channel echo cancellation.

Siri will add inflection to her voice, to say phrases three different ways. The device is covered in black or white mesh and looks like the top of a microphone.

To revive interest in its once-hot tablets, Apple is introducing a 10.5-inch iPad Pro with more storage, a better camera and room for a full-size keyboard. Apple said that makes the Mac a great platform for development virtual-reality experiences. For the audiophiles, it's got a high-excursion woofer with a custom amplifier, as well as an array of horn-loaded tweeters (each with their own custom amplifiers as well).

Apple has announced it will be going the home AI unit arms race against Google and Amazon with the launch of its HomePod later in the year. The echo-cancellation technology, on the other hand, will enable the HomePod to listen to you even in extremely noisy surroundings.

Recommended News

  • Rage over security flaw as 3rd attacker named

    Rage over security flaw as 3rd attacker named

    When asked by authorities about his intentions, initially, Amato said, Zaghba replied that he was leaving to become "a terrorist". From his hospital bed, he told London Police to let the families of the victims know how moved he is by their plight.

    Apple Wants to Rock the Market With HomePod, Faces Challenges

    Neither Echo and Google Home are excellent speakers, in fact, audio quality is perhaps both's greatest weakness. Apple , however, doesn't want the HomePod to just be a speaker, but rather a computer for the whole home.

    Microsoft adding OneDrive support to Apple's iOS 11 Files app

    The pro level camera features will allow for looping videos with new Loop and Bounce effects in Live Photos. In Apple Maps, users will find detailed maps of 30 airports around the world, from Amsterdam to Vancouver.
  • Gal Gadot was pregnant while shooting for Wonder Woman

    Gal Gadot was pregnant while shooting for Wonder Woman

    Though this is only her second movie, Jenkins has once again proven she can hang with the best of them. Wonder Woman is now in theaters. " Justice League " is set to hit US theaters on November 17.
    Penguins on brink of Stanley Cup after blowout win

    Penguins on brink of Stanley Cup after blowout win

    Crosby, who has 57 playoff goals, entered Game Five three points shy of tying Islanders defenseman Denis Potvin for 19th place. Rinne has allowed 11 goals on 45 shots this series in games at PPG Paints Arena and is 0-3 in those contests .
    Baylor Track & Field Prepares For NCAA Outdoor Championships

    Baylor Track & Field Prepares For NCAA Outdoor Championships

    Aneno competed in the NCAA Regionals in outdoor competition, falling just short of a trip to OR past year . In the 400-meter hurdles Byron Robinson finished in 49.78 to take 10th place overall.
  • Apple pushes Siri to the fore at annual developer conference

    Apple pushes Siri to the fore at annual developer conference

    The research firm IDC says Apple and Xiaomi each has a worldwide market share of almost 15 per cent in the first quarter. The Echo, released in 2015, and Google Home , released past year , were the first entrants in a promising market.
    Cosby Accuser To Resume Testimony In Sex Assault Trial

    Cosby Accuser To Resume Testimony In Sex Assault Trial

    Constand admitted she did seek out attorneys who specialize in sexual assault cases, but she said a lawsuit was not her intent. Cosby and Frazier were on screen together in the 1978 comedy "California Suite", which also starred Jane Fonda and Alan Alda.

    New smart speaker expected as Apple kicks off conference

    Besides, the speaker is equipped with six microphones, through which you can trigger the Apple's own VA, calling "Hey Siri ". By sensing the room size, space and what occupied it, HomePod can best determine how to project your music throughout.
  • Apple unveils HomePod, competition for Amazon Echo

    Apple unveils HomePod, competition for Amazon Echo

    Amazon's Echo isn't officially available in SA either (it's already available elsewhere though), but carries a US$180 price tag. Want to start a timer or need to ask a simple trivia question? It will tell you the joke because Siri is inside it.
    IOS 11 brings NFC smarts to more apps

    IOS 11 brings NFC smarts to more apps

    Without the feature in place, the users will have to go for the longer route that involves logging through mobile web. What many may not know is that on iOS 11 you will be able to Type to Siri if it doesn't catch your command properly.
    Apple Takes On Distracted Driving With New Feature

    Apple Takes On Distracted Driving With New Feature

    Apple's new iPhone has a function which silences notifications and turns off the iPhone screen when it detects a user is driving. Apple also announced a new macOS dubbed "High Sierra" that should please Mac users on both the professional and consumer side.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.