Apple Music enters home speaker market with HomePod

Posted June 10, 2017

Schiller had much less to say about HomePod's broader Siri smarts, although the product page on Apple's website hints that it can perform numerous smart-home tasks that an Amazon Echo or Google Home can do. Consider HomePod as a smart assistant that you can use to control all your smart home device. Apple said the speakers have "spatial awareness" that adjusts the speaker's sound levels to the acoustic conditions of the particular room. As of now, neither the Echo nor the Google Home speakers can be considered top notch in terms of the quality of the sound they produce.

"We want to combine this all", he said.

Apple HomePod is created to analyze a room's acoustics, adjust the sound based on location and point the music in the optimal direction.

The Apple HomePod has seven tweeter speakers and one woofer placed inside a rather round and squarish casing.

HomePod's voice control features are delivered using six microphones which also in support of Apple Music users can respond with "Hey Siri, I like this song", and other responses.

You will also be able to use it to set a timers and give you reminders.

Apple on Monday unveiled its "HomePod" speaker as it moved to challenge Amazon Alexa and Google Home as a smart home and music hub. This is the product that will measure Apple's progress and whether its stance on privacy hinders its machine learning endeavours.

Users say "Hi Siri" followed by their command to trigger Apple's intelligent personal assistant to change the light setting, pause the TV or close the blinds.

Some industry insiders, however, note Apple will be under more pressure to improve the computing smarts of its Siri software in the face of offerings from rivals Google and Amazon. Apple was late in introducing a speaker to consumers. The Google Home runs around $130, the Amazon Echo at $180 and the HomePod makes its debut at $349.

Apple also used its annual developer meeting in San Jose, California - its largest ever with some 5,000 people attending - to offer hints about so-called augmented reality technology. For instance, the iPhone, is one of the most expensive smartphones, yet Apple sells it tens of millions every year.

And if you're a tablet kind of person, besides seemingly being in an exclusive company these days, Apple is trying to hold your attention or wallet with the new iPad Pro.