Apple HomePod - Things to know about the Wi-Fi speakers with Siri

Apple HomePod - Things to know about the Wi-Fi speakers with Siri

Apple HomePod - Things to know about the Wi-Fi speakers with Siri

Apple is really pushing the music angle with claims like HomePod will "reinvent how we enjoy music wirelessly throughout our homes". The smart speaker houses the A8 SoC, which has been modified to adapt to the sound quality of the room in which the HomePod is kept.

For Amazon, Apple's release of the HomePod could avert or delay the $10.0 billion in new revenue RBC Capital Markets analysts predicted it could tap from Alexa-related sales by 2020.

But HomePod is the only one of these to offer Siri and integration with Apple's HomeKit smart home system.

As well as offering instant translations and letting you use Messages with your voice, the speaker will work with a range of HomeKit-enabled smart home devices.

Apple has introduced the HomePod, a voice-controlled speaker that will help carry out small tasks for the user such as turning on the light or increasing the temperature. Schiller talked up the HomePod's "musicologist" features, which can answer requests like 'Play something new, ' 'What was the top song in 1983?' and 'Who's the drummer in this?'.

Six microphones in the speaker's base - one less than the Echo but four more than the Home - let HomePod pick up your requests from across the room (even with loud music playing). However, the retail release will be initially limited to the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia.

HomePod is the largest of the three, measuring 6.8 by 5.6 inches, the smart speaker will have an array of seven tweeters with a primary woofer.

The US technology firm has just revealed its all-new HomePod and it could be the gadget to own this Christmas. But Apple was careful to frame it as a product focused on music first - potentially differentiating it from the Echo and Home. It, too, comes with a built-in speaker and voice controls through the smart assistant Google Assistant.

Apple has also announced a suite of other updates at its Worldwide Developers Conference in California, US.

Mr. Cook also used the Apple keynote to show off new iPad and Mac computer models, as well as provide glimpses at coming versions of the software powering the technology titan's devices.

The speaker, while expected by some industry watchers, marked Apple's first new product announcement since the Apple Watch in September 2014.

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