Apple Announces The HomePod

Furthermore, a third major player has entered this market, with Apple recently unveiling its "Home Pod," a 7-inch tall speaker for playing music, checking news and controlling other smart devices.

Sound-wise, HomePod bests both the Echo and the Home, which makes it a good choice if you want a high-end speaker in addition to a voice assistant.

"We have such a great portable music experience, but what about in our homes?" asked Tim Cook, CEO of Apple to the audience.

Apple is entering the voice controlled smart speaker market with HomePod, based upon its Siri assistant platform.

Sadly, those excited by the Apple HomePod will have to wait a number of months before they can add it to their living room. The natural comparison here is to "smart speakers" like the Amazon Echo and Google Home. It will also be more expensive than Sonos's entry-level multiroom speaker, the Play:1, and the similarly priced SoundTouch 10 by Bose. This will bring Apple in comparable competition to Amazon's Alexa-backed Echo series, which has gained popularity with the home consumer over the past few years.

Spatial awareness technology means that the device can tell where it is positioned in a room, and will automatically adjust the audio depending on whether it is in a corner, on a table or in a bookshelf, for instance.




The HomePod is Hey Siri enabled with 6 multi-directional microphones that can interpret the way you say "Hey Siri" with its memory.

At WWDC, Apple has announced a new HomePod speaker which is powered by an Apple A8 chip promised to make it sound better than any average speaker.

We will have to wait until the tail end of 2017 to see if Apple's HomePod will be a must have for homes and if its can steal back an early lead from its rivals.

With Siri intelligence, the HomePod offers various features such as listening to news, unit conversions, setting reminders, send messages, control other smart devices, weather updates and more. Let's take a look at the price and features of these three smart speakers. By saying, "Hey Siri, I like this song", HomePod and Apple Music will learn user preferences.

However, Apple may soon change this with expected plans to pair Siri with a wider range of apps, according to Reuters.

HomePod will be initially available in the US, UK and Australia this December. Despite the company's insistence that HomePod will sound wonderful, it all feels like too little too late to take on the growing smart speaker market.

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