Apple debuts HomePod speaker to bring Siri into the living room

Apple has announced its long-rumored answer to the Amazon Echo and Google Home.

This Is a Premium Product : The price of the HomePod, $349, may seem fairly affordable when compared to other Apple products, but at roughly double the price of the Amazon Echo and almost triple that of Google Home, this is a much higher priced than other smart speakers.

Apple doesn't have the same demands on its business to commercialize consumer data, and it's taken a stronger stance against digital tracking. In addition to playing music, HomePod can provide news, general knowledge, reminders, podcasts, translation, weather, and HomeKit controls, among other things.

The Echo, released in 2015, and Google Home, released past year, were the first entrants in a promising market.

Apple-designed upward-facing woofer, paired with the custom A8 chip. Yet Apple gadgets tend to function best within the Apple ecosystem, and Apple was quiet about whether or not the HomePod would work with third-party apps like the Echo does.

Apple's WWDC keynote was packed full of big announcements yesterday.

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Apple's developer conference is often a gut-check for bullish investors, and the company seems to have passed the test this time. The speaker also integrates with Google's Chromecast, so you can interact with Netflix, YouTube and other visual services via your voice.

HomePod puts vocals in a direct center channel, and beams ambient sounds around for what Apple says is a more omnidirectional music experience.

Notably, the new software includes new artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality features. The Siri-enabled wireless speaker also doubles as a HomeKit powered smart home hub, giving Apple a new fixed HomeKit control point beyond Apple TV. The company unveiled a number of new products including Home Pod, its smart speaker. Apple approaches voice interaction problems programmatically - Siri needs to be able to do X, so here are the ways you can tell it to do X. Google (and to a lesser extent Amazon) created a platform that actually understands context with machine learning.

The speaker will sell for about $350 in December in the USA, United Kingdom and Australia. Meanwhile, Siri has a new voice, a new visual interface, the ability to perform task management, and a new translation feature that is still in beta.

"A big question mark for the new speaker, though, is whether Siri is good enough to power its own dedicated device".

"We completely reimagined how a speaker should make music in the home".

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Still, the Apple Watch hasn't been a smash hit, fueling worries that the company's ability to transfix customers had waned after the 2011 death of co-founder Steve Jobs.

Hey Siri, what did Apple announce today?

When Apple gets into a market, it usually has something innovative to bring to the table.

While Amazon Prime Video has never been included on Apple TV, the dispute has been more than a one-way affair.

The new version of Apple's mobile operating system has received a series of updates, including an update to Siri. WatchOS 4 will arrive alongside iOS 11 later this year, with Apple CEO Tim Cook confirming it will finally introduce some new faces to its best-selling smartwatch, including new character faces in the form of Toy Story's Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and Jessie.

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