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Apple Announces New 'Homepod' Smart Speaker

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Conrad Doyle | 20 June, 2017, 20:30

The Silicon Valley giant launched HomePod - a "smart speaker" - with chief executive Tim Cook saying the company hoped to "reinvent home music".

At $349, the HomePod will be significantly more expensive than both Amazon Echo and Google Home.

As well as offering instant translations and letting you use Messages with your voice, the speaker will work with a range of HomeKit-enabled smart home devices.

Apple has introduced the HomePod, a voice-controlled speaker that will help carry out small tasks for the user such as turning on the light or increasing the temperature. A smart speaker utilizing an underachieving voice assistant could dampen interest in the product. Let's run through its features and see. It is seven inches tall and has seven tweeters. In layman's terms, that means it has deep bass and sound that can send crisp sound in every direction. Apple is not yet taking pre-orders. But it's not just about music; Siri is still there to be your everyday assistant.

The speaker can also be linked up to an existing Apple Music subscription, which provides access to over 40 million songs.

"You should be able to tell 'Alexa, ask Siri X, ' " Limp said.

In a statement, Apple said the HomePod is "a breakthrough wireless speaker for the home that delivers incredible audio quality and uses spatial awareness to sense its location in a room and automatically adjust the audio". But if that's a problem for you, the Echo or Home may be better smart speaker choices.

The Cupertino-based company's product comes with a six-microphone array capable of advanced echo cancelation. Other services like Pandora and Spotify can be played through Apple's AirPlay system, however this still a detriment compared to the direct streaming from virtually every music service offered by the HomePod's competitors. "You can even be sat across the room when loud music is playing". The company itself stated that its new HomePod is created to deliver a great listening experience, and everything is offered on the smart speaker is secondary.

At the on-going WWDC 2017 event, Apple has made one of the most anticipated announcements - the home speaker powered by Siri. Whether or not that's a selling point is up to you to decide. If you already have an iPhone, iPad and Apple TV, HomePod just makes sense.

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