With or without the HomePod, smart speakers are becoming the next big thing in consumer gadgetry.
"HomePod features a 6 microphone array so that when you talk to it and say those magic words "Hey, Siri', you see a wave form light up on top and it's ready to accept you command", Schiller explained". The speaker will be powered by virtual assistant Siri.
What is it used for? Apple was nearly sheepish in mentioning that, yes, Siri on the HomePod can do most of the usual Siri things like make appointments, find sports scores, and send messages.
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.
Needless to say, it can also provide answers to basic questions regarding the weather, traffic, and others.
Similar to Google and Amazon smart speakers, the HomePod has an intelligent voice assistant baked in. It starts shipping in the USA, the United Kingdom, and Australia. You could link Amazon Echo with various smart home devices.
Smart speakers have oddly become something that many people want and need in their household. Beyond a visual overhaul, Apple could include updates to Apple Music and some core apps like Maps. However, you have to push a button to start Alexa voice conversations.
Apple wasn't shy about comparing its new HomePod speaker to existing competition from the likes of Amazon and Sonos, and now an Amazon executive has spoken on the company's newfound rival. The Google Home costs as much 129 dollars, while the Apple HomePod is even more expensive. Meanwhile, an A8 chip runs Siri and the HomePod. When tested against Sonos speakers and the Amazon Echo, the sound was superior. One of its selling points is its ability to automatically adjust sound delivery by sensing where it is placed in the house. Both Google and Amazon's voice control systems record a few seconds before and after you call on them - and save those recordings online until you delete them.
The Cupertino, California-based company said Siri, which also competes with Alphabet Inc's Google Assistant, will now work across devices.style="text-align: center;"