Apple unveils 'HomePod' speaker, first new product in years

Apple's speaker, called HomePod, emphasises the enjoyment of music and looks like a wide can with curved edges.

According to Tim Cook, Apple CEO, the focus will be on music in the first instance: "Just like we did with portable music we want to reinvent home music". Interestingly, it is also integrated with Apple Music.

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 7-inch smart speaker is spatially aware of it's surroundings, in glaring contrast to its users at the WWDC that sit on the floor hogging a power socket.

"We completely reimagined how a speaker should make music in the home," Apple added. Pulling music from the Apple library, the speaker was presented as being able to recognize its placement and direct rich audio sound into the room. Coming in white and space grey variants, the HomePod is stylish, elegant and smart. The company has tuned its speaker profile to provide deep thumping bass, bright vocals, and absent of any flats or distortions.




Now, not only is Apple underscoring its use of AI-ish tech, but the company is bringing the technology it has been using for its Siri and Camera applications to developers. It also has seven "beam-forming" tweeters. Even popular smart home devices like Alphabet's Nest don't support HomeKit, although this could be a strategic competitive decision on Alphabet's part (Nest works with Alexa). If you're waiting for a better laptop, then not so much. But when you're telling us that all AirPlay 2.0 speakers will be controllable by Siri and any AirPlay speaker can be accessed and grouped by the Home app, we should probably spend a few minutes on that.

In addition, you can tell Siri that you like the song now playing to play something different.

Apple vice president Phil Schiller said the company's Siri team had tuned the assistant into a "musicologist" that learns the tastes of listeners and gets songs from the internet cloud. Apple also says there will be enhancements to Safari and Mail with High Sierra when it releases for free in the third quarter of this year.

You can tap the top to play, pause, or adjust the volume. So we thought we'd make ourselves useful and tell you what you should pay attention to and what you could skip over to save time. With Siri and a clear hole in its ecosystem, Apple is banking that its second try at a speaker product will do better. So now you can ask Siri to turn on the lights or lock the door without moving a muscle. To do this, just the accessory to the Home app. Apple plans to ship it in December-first to customers in the U.S., U.K., and Australia. Other countries will have to wait a little longer.

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