Apple unveils its speaker

Apple unveils its speaker

Apple unveils its speaker

When the HomePod users is not at home, he/she can use the Home app on an iPhone or iPad and access its features remotely.

It's here that a lot of attention naturally remains too because of the high profile success of the Amazon Echo and Google Home.

Amazon and Google are early movers in this market.

Also, according to Philip Schiller, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Marketing, Apple, the new speaker powered by Siri can rock nearly any room with distortion free music, while also, it can be a helpful assistant around your home. Amazon and Google's smart speakers are only sold inside the U.S., though quite a few Kiwis have DIY-imported one or the other.

The Amazon Echo and Google Home are two of the most popular speakers available on the market right now.

To be "smart", the latest product in Apple's portfolio, known as HomePod, comes with an A8 microprocessor chip, the same power engine in the company's flagship iPhone smartphone and iPad tablet computer. From there, the device will scan its environment, analyzing the acoustics so it could adjust the sound output based on where the speaker is, steering the music in the optimal direction.

The HomePod will offer strong audio with an array of seven tweeters, each with its own amplifier, and an upward-facing woofer.

What was perhaps most interesting was how much more powerful the HomePod sounded in relation to the dedicated speaker also in the room - a Sonos Play:3. Keeping true with a tradition created by founder Steve Jobs, CEO Tim Cook announced the HomePod as the day's "one last thing". However, it's important to note that the Amazon Echo is the budget device of the Echo family, so more expensive ones are available too.

In comparison to Amazon's Alexa, users may notice Siri's lack of capabilities as wider features such as being able to make orders using voice control have not yet been added.

Apple priced the HomePod at $349, with plans to ship it in December first to customers in the US, UK, and Australia.

What do you think about the new HomePod from Apple?

In line with Apple's M.O. the HomePod tries to keep everything in the family which explains the lack of support for anything outside of Siri and Apple Music. Great! Hook up your account to the Echo, then simply ask Alexa - Amazon's equivalent of Siri - to play whatever you want. This time, however, the voice-command is an improved version of Siri.

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