Apple unveils an Amazon Echo competitor

Share

The Apple HomePod is a smart speaker that features integration with Apple Music and Siri.

Like the Echo and Home, the Homepod has a voice-command system. Both speakers can respond to voice requests for the news, weather and tasks such as turning on the lights. Sounds like, literally, a friend from future. In accordance with previous rumors, the Tim Cook led firm indeed unveiled its debut Home speaker at the WWDC 2017. Corroborating the rumours, the company also launched the Siri-based speaker dubbed as HomePod.

To be "smart", the latest product in Apple's portfolio, known as HomePod, comes with an A8 microprocessor chip, the same power engine in the company's flagship iPhone smartphone and iPad tablet computer. Google followed with its Home speaker, featuring its plain-named Assistant, last year.

HomePod will be available to purchase in white or space grey in December this year for $349 (£270).

Blaber said: "Apple's HomePod speaker casts fresh focus on Siri and will draw inevitable comparisons with the AI smarts of Amazon, Baidu, Google and others". The Cupertino giant has a long reputation for hardware than the other two. The seven-inch speaker is wrapped with a very shiny mesh material, which creates a virtual surround sound throughout a home. With the HomePod, only after Hey Siri is recognized locally on the device will any information be sent to Apple servers, encrypted and sent using an anonymous Siri identifier.

Apple also unveiled a new iPad and a new iMac at the conference. Making the most of it will require a subscription to Apple's own music streaming service, which runs $10 to $15 per month and has attracted 27 million subscribers so far. By compatible, we mean the speakers need to feature Apple's recently announced AirPlay 2 functionality. Google Home, powered by Google Assistant, retails for $129.

CNET senior editor Ashley Esqueda joined CBSN from Burbank to discuss highlights from the first day of Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference. The speaker also integrates with Google's Chromecast, so you can interact with Netflix, YouTube and other visual services via your voice. It uses Wi-Fi standard 802.11 to connect to your smart home devices. No third-party app developer on the planet has updated their apps yet for iOS 11 (how could they?) and there will absolutely be compatibility issues.

Apple said it is also using "on-device learning" to enable Siri to take people's tastes into account.

If Sonos has itself fallen off the pace, it's in its lack of support for Siri-like voice control.

Meanwhile, the Google Assistant is used for Google Home, effectively being a souped-up version of Google Now.

Share

Advertisement

Related Posts

Apple launches HomePod speaker at developers' conference
This accuracy is going to build confidence in the user who will likely increase usage and trust Siri for other things over time. Considering the fact that Apple own Beats and targeting Google and Amazon with something they don't have yet does makes sense.

Apple to showcase new features for its gadgets
The new HomePod has all of the features of Siri that we know like the ability to DJ, answer questions and control a room. The research firm IDC says Apple and Xiaomi each has a worldwide market share of almost 15 percent in the first quarter.

Troubled sleep, then a French Open dream for Bacsinszky
Ostapenko is not looking beyond her clash with Bacsinszky as she revels in an unexpected challenge for the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen. Players wiped their eyes when dust kicked up from the clay court.

Apple's HomePod Pumps Up the Volume
So naturally, Apple did something big: it first integrated Twitter logins, then Facebook's , directly into its OS settings. Many concepts imagined the iPad with support for more than one user, but ultimately the feature didn't make the cut.

Cosby accuser returns to stand for more defense grilling
Ms Agrusa has suggested Ms Constand once enjoyed a romantic dinner by the fire at Cosby's home before the alleged assault. But there she was, making an appearance unexpected by all, perhaps especially by Montgomery County Court Judge Steven T.

Penguins strike first in Game 5, lead Predators 1-0
It's been (fun) not just for my family but I'm sure for all the players on the other side as well. "We've got some confidence". When the playoffs started in mid-April, the Predators were the last team in. "Their goalie played well, obviously".

Cleveland Cavaliers look to reverse fortunes from three-point range
The Cleveland Cavaliers find themselves in the same place through two games in the NBA Finals they were at this point last season. Some would argue that the Warriors are just too good, or that the Cavs' role players need to step up and be more productive.

NBA Finals ratings highest since Jordan's last title in 1998
Before tipoff, Lue met Kerr as he walked out of the home team's tunnel, and was the first man on the court to welcome him back. So the flawless playoff mark wasn't overly lauded. "But heading to Cleveland , we're going to have to be a lot smarter".

How to make sure your apps will still work with iOS 11
On iPhones, there's also no "spring-loading", aka the ability to "move content from one app to another by hovering over the icon". This will later factor into the new iOS 11 multitasking functionality, but I'm pretty much ignoring it for now.

Warriors Take 2-0 Lead over Cavaliers
Kevin Love shot well from the field in Game 2 , and Irving could bounce back as he returns home. "I'm good. One of the options Lue has heading into Wednesday's Game 3 is to bench struggling starting guard J.R.

© 2015 Stump Report. All Rights reserved.