Siri in your living room: Apple unveils $349 HomePod

Siri in your living room: Apple unveils $349 HomePod

Siri in your living room: Apple unveils $349 HomePod

Apple's much-rumoured smart speaker, the HomePod, has been confirmed for launch in December by the technology giant. Amazon Echo Vs Apple HomePod is a competition worth seeing, but I believe that Apple lags in this race big time.

HomePod will be priced at $349 in white and space gray starting in December initially in Australia, the United Kingdom and the US. It will set you back $349 or £270 and is coming the United Kingdom in December. Apple's navigation app is also getting an upgrade and will now be able to display floorplan-level maps within malls and airports for detailed navigation assistance. The A8 chip inside the smart speaker conducts automatic EQ and the tweeters beamform to provide echo cancellation.

The HomePod understands where it is in the room and what's around it. The speaker works with Apple Music, which allows easy access to a huge library of songs and playlists.

'You should be able to tell Alexa, "ask Siri X,"' he said. Siri on HomePod can also look for details such as who the music artists are behind a particular song on play. Just as in Google Assistant, there is the introduction of context as well - Siri will understand the space the user is in and suggest results accordingly.

Communication with Siri is encrypted and it won't start listening until it hears "Hey Siri".

Apple was expected to announce a smart speaker, a market that Amazon - with its sleeper hit, the Echo - and the later Google Home, powered by Assistant - now dominate, given them an integral place in users' lives. It doesn't double as a wireless security camera either as some thought it would - Apple doesn't now do its own and doesn't have a vested interest in a company that does, like Google has with Nest. In what was a rather exciting talk, we also got a preview of the upcoming iPhone, iPad, iMac Pro and Apple Watch.

The speaker will provide a hub for appliances via Apple's HomeKit system and establish a centre inside the home to lock people in to using other Apple services, according to the report.

While Siri would respond well to your voice commands, the control is not only with it. It also introduced autoplay blocking, which stops music and video from playing automatically without your permission on websites as well as "intelligent tracking prevention", which stops ads from following you around the web. Then you're stuffed since you can't change it to Spotify or Google Play Music.

Now you might be thinking "too little too late", right? If Apple or Google want to come call, my phone number is out there.

Apple says it's giving more emphasis to sound quality, not just smarts.

A survey released last month by research firm eMarketer found Echo speakers held 70.6 percent of the U.S. market, compared with 23.8 percent for Google Home.

Apple is taking on Google Home and the Amazon Echo with its Siri sporting HomePod smart speaker, revealed at its World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2017. The Google Home costs as much 129 dollars, while the Apple HomePod is even more expensive. Schiller spent a lot of time talking about how good it sounds. "A smart speaker utilizing an underachieving voice assistant could dampen interest in the product".

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