Created to work with an Apple Music subscription for access to over 40 million songs, Apple claims that HomePod provides knowledge of personal music preferences and tastes and helps users discover new music.
Perhaps one advantage of the Apple HomePod is the speakers themselves. "I hope there's a day when that happens". While many experts believe that Amazon's product is now stronger than Apple's (especially its activation command) and more competitively priced, it may not take long for Apple to add features and improve its Home Pod.
For Apple, profitability comes in the form of product sales and keeping users locked into its Ecosystem. The company "can't afford to yield valuable real-estate in the heart of people's homes to Amazon, Google and others", said Geoff Blaber, research analyst at CCS Insight.
The HomePod is designed specifically with Apple Music in mind, so it can offer you suggestions based on your music tastes to help you discover new artists.
There are only a few such smart speakers now that adjust the sound output based on their presence and the number of speakers in the same room. And indeed, the HomePod is pure Apple, starting with the design language that eliminates ports completely.
Siri, which has been included in Apple devices since 2014, was able to answer only 22% of questions and 62% of them correctly.
At its World Wide Developer Conference in San Jose Monday, Apple (AAPL) - known for arriving fashionably late - announced its presence with some authority by unveiling HomePod, which will be powered by its Siri voice assistant.
Asked about Amazon potentially introducing with its own premium-tier Echo speaker, Limp didn't sound too keen on the idea. HomePod might also have some unique appeal to folks who've invested in Apple's burgeoning HomeKit smart home ecosystem.
While Amazon Echo is certainly not cheap at its 50 dollar price tag for the Echo Dot, it's the cheapest one of the three. Besides, we will have to wait and see how the public will receive the upcoming Echo Show that will go on sale June 28th. It is high time that Apple wakes up to a new era of technology disruption and make real use of its voice assistance technology Siri, considering it was amongst the first voice assistants to hit the market, but never made it big. Apple is just getting started, and it will be a while before there's a robust suite of functionalities outside of what Siri is able to do right now.
There are also seven "beam-forming tweeters" - read as speakers - each with their own amplifier, running around the entire circumference of the HomePod. Amazon sells the main version of the Echo for $180; Google's Home speaker goes for $130.
Both Home and Echo are continually listening for commands, though Google and Amazon say nothing gets passed back to them until the speakers hear a keyword - "OK, Google" for Home and "Alexa" for Echo.