HomePod will be 'smartest home speaker' on offer, says Apple

HomePod will be 'smartest home speaker' on offer, says Apple

HomePod will be 'smartest home speaker' on offer, says Apple

Apple may be ready to catch up to Amazon's Echo and Google's Home speaker.

1 (and 2): Apple TV getting Amazon support, watchOS 4 announced.

Apple is expected to announce plans for a speaker on Monday. Apple says HomePod is "spatially aware" and can respond as such.

The Siri-controlled device will aim to combine listening to music at home with many other functions, according to Cook.

After more than two hours of chit chat about iOS 11, the MacBook and iPad Pro at the Worldwide Developers Conference this morning, Apple finally announced something the general public might be very interested in. HomePod can also provide deep knowledge of personal music preferences and tastes and helps users discover new music.

The former are to send sound flowing throughout the room; the later detects voice commands starting with "Hey Siri" to perform tasks ranging from playing music to driving HomeKit-compatible devices such as Philips Hue LED lighting.

Apple is also offering tools for app makers to embed artificial intelligence capabilities.

In addition, you can tell Siri that you like the song now playing to play something different. Plus, the HomePod will connect directly to Apple Music, so you won't have to play music through another device, although we expect that will be possible as well.

The price is quite a jump from Google's $129 Home and Amazon's $180 full-sized Echo. Apple got to this at the very end, nearly as an afterthought. From there, you can update your calendar, set reminders, or receive updates on the news, weather, and traffic.

Apple, as always, has stressed its commitment to customer privacy. While Siri was previously available on the Apple Watch, the assistant's ability to automatically show information was limited.

Apple also touts multiple security layers, including anonymous ID and encryption.

"It's a great dance they're doing", Levine said, because as powerful as Apple's technology may be, Amazon remains the market leader and has a built-in market in Amazon Prime subscribers. Cook may even lift the cover on a smart speaker based on the Siri virtual assistant. The midrange speaker market is in fact ripe for disruption, and I think Apple's correct to assume that people who have expensive speakers probably have an iPhone. That's certainly been our experience.

The company also offers the Echo Dot, a smaller and more affordable version, lacking the proper inbuilt speaker seen in the full-size Echo.

Samsung doubled the number of wearable devices shipped compared with the previous year, but it's still at fourth overall, at less than 5 percent, just ahead of Garmin.

Apple wants its digital assistant to be more helpful in navigating your digital life. Evaluating this would be hard, and it's likely that each has its own strengths and weaknesses.

The HomePod will hit the market in December in the U.S., U.K., and Australia for $349. Google Home, which sells for $129, is a window to Google's plethora of services from Search to YouTube Red music streaming and its Calendar app.

The HomePod is a 6.8-inch speaker driven by an Apple A8 SoC to handle echo cancellation and optimize sound for a given space.

"There's a lot of things you can do with it", he added.

Apple is updating its smartwatch to give it more "smarts" using the Siri digital assistant. Now as the device pipeline fills, the company is shining more of the spotlight on hardware to woo the developers needed to create accompanying apps.

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