Apple aims to `reinvent home music´ with HomePod smart speaker

Apple aims to `reinvent home music´ with HomePod smart speaker

Apple aims to `reinvent home music´ with HomePod smart speaker

While it's now positioned specifically for music (like a Sonos), you can still ask Siri questions about the news, weather, or sports, as well as control HomeKit-enabled devices like lights and air conditioning. Amazon launched the Echo in 2014, and Google initiated shipping past year its competitor, Google Home. Apple still has a lot to tell us about the HomePod, however from the details shared in the official press release show that the speaker can be set up very similarly to how a user pairs a set of AirPods, with Bluetooth automatically pairing the speaker to an iPhone when put in close proximity. It is true that each new iteration of its top-selling device has had a better camera, more responsive touch and an improvement over an OS that many already believed to be ideal, but the product in itself has not changed.

There was no overwhelming differentiation in HomePod, according to the analyst. That means a bigger, more comfortable keyboard, while still being light enough to hold and use one-handed.

Apple is taking on Amazon's Echo and Google Home with a voice-activated $349 speaker called the HomePod. Siri was introduced as a feature in the iPhone 4S in 2011, three years before Amazon came out with Alexa and the Echo.

After months of anticipation Apple has unveiled HomePod, an all new wireless speaker that the company hopes will "reinvent home music".

The company is casting Siri as a music connoisseur that will learn and cater to the tastes of the HomePod's owners, as well as answer questions about the songs as they are played. Just like how the iPod reinvented music by fitting into one's pocket, the HomePod provides access to the world's largest music catalogs in the comforts of your home.

It also detects if you've added another HomePod. Schiller said devices like the Amazon Echo have poor sound quality, and wifi speakers like Sonos don't have interactive voice assistants.

Of course, this is nothing unusual for Apple to charge a premium for its technology products. HomePod owners will only be able to stream music from Apple Music, and will not be able to use a third party service such as Spotify as an alternative. A Google Home killer?

It's exciting to see Apple supporting external GPUs in their MacBook Pro line. Created to deliver a superior audio experience, the HomePod - despite its clunky name - could very well prove to be a sleeper hit for Apple once it hits store shelves later this year. Think of the smartphone eventually going away in the next ten years.

Apple's new iMacs are getting brighter displays and graphics capabilities, which Apple says makes the Mac a great platform for developing virtual-reality experiences.

The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is an annual event at which the Cupertino-based company showcases its new technologies.

Siri now also has a male American voice, and is said to be more expressive due to a new visual interface.

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