Apple Announces HomePod - The Smart Speaker for your Home

Using the wake command "Hey Siri", the much-rumoured device can play music as well as answer queries and control other smart home appliances. It has seven small "tweeter" speakers in a ring arranged at the bottom of the unit and features in the middle a large 4-inch woofer. Although Apple Watch has emerged as the leader in its technological niche, it hasn't become a smash hit like the iPhone or the iPad — at least until tablet sales started declining.

While it sounds tempting, we'll have to wait for it. HomePod now isn't ready to hit the shelves of Apple Stores. The company unveiled a number of new products including Home Pod, its smart speaker.

Apple will later this year release a "HomePod" music-centric smart home speaker, challenging a market now dominated by Amazon and Google in its latest move to weave deeper into people's lives.

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.

Being an Apple smart speaker, the close integration with Apple Music is perhaps entirely expected. These are uncharted waters for both Apple and its quirky virtual assistant, and even if the HomePod is now being pitched primarily to music lovers, it's also an exciting device for smart home diehards and gadget lovers in general.

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"To get the experience that we wanted and the quality that we wanted.it takes multiple years to do from the core technology and building up to the product", he explained.

Apple is getting serious about competing with Amazon's and Google's infiltration of the home.




The speaker comes equipped with the A8 chip, the same processor found in the iPhone 6 from 2016.

The device was previewed on stage Monday at WWDC, Apple's annual developer conference in San Jose.

Finally, when talking about its ability to use Siri, he explained most in depth how the assistant can help with a range of music-related HomePod commands like "play something more mellow" or questions like "who's playing drums on this track?"

The speaker will sell for about $350 in December in the US, United Kingdom and Australia. The iMac Pro also offers 10 gigabyte Ethernet, support for 4TB of SSD and four Thunderbolt 3 ports. There are a whole bunch of new features in iOS 11.

Apple is also updating the operating software for its Apple Watch, including new watch faces, more personalized alerts that use machine learning to tailor information to you based on your routines and tastes. Apple said that makes the Mac a great platform for developing virtual-reality "experiences", although the company didn't announce any consumer VR products.

The new iPad Pro is displayed during the 2017 Apple Worldwide Developer Conference.

The company also rolled out tools for developers to create augmented reality applications for iPhones and iPads.

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