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Apple just unveiled HomePod, a $349 competitor to Amazon's Echo

Parmenio Sano | 08 Giugno, 2017, 13:38

Without an Apple speaker, consumers seeking smart home devices may opt both for competing hardware and services like Amazon Prime and Google Play Music.

One announcement generating a lot of buzz is Apple's new HomePod.

This means you cannot only ask Siri to play music, but also ask her questions about it like "who's the drummer in this?", "when was this recorded?" and "what was the top song in 1983?"

HomePod will taking Amazon Echo and Google Home, which have been building momentum in the market for voice-controlled speakers capable of controlling smart appliances, fetching content from the internet and more.

HomePod assistant & powerful speaker " Apple reinvented portable music with iPod and now HomePod will reinvent how we enjoy music wirelessly throughout our homes", said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. (I mean, it better be - this thing costs $349, much more than the $180 Echo and the Google Home, which is now priced at $109.) But these assistant devices, at least in the way Amazon and Google have envisioned them, are supposed to evolve into digital nerve centers that will eventually serve as voice-activated control panels for the entire home. Apple plans to ship it in December-first to customers in the U.S., U.K., and Australia. ALSO READ: Amazon Echo or Google Home: Do Indians need to care about these "smart" devices?

It is also compatible with Apple's HomeKit, allowing users to control connected home devices with speech. The latest example is the HomePod, the company's entrance into the competitive market for home personal assistants.

Although it seems like a nice starting price for a new product line, we must understand that it requires an Apple Music subscription costing at least $120 per year.


Even so, Apple made a point of touting the device's spacial awareness. Earlier, back in 2014, Apple launched its smart watch.

At the event, a parade of executives unveiled updates to Apple's hardware, software and mobile applications, or apps, including iMac desktop computer, MacBook laptop machine, iPad, Apple Watch, iOS software operating system and App Store. It will also be responsible for improving performance and security features.

What may hobble Apple's HomePod won't be the noise it makes, but its less impressive listening skills. With the Apple Music integration, and the ability of users to move over their music library to the HomePod, it is no surprise that the introduction video is all about music.

"The fact that Apple is claiming to marry really great and smart audio with a smart assistant and cloud music service makes this device unique in the market". Siri on HomePod is triggered by simply saying "Hey Siri", which in turn lights up the top LED display of the speaker with a Siri-esque waveform pattern.

The iMac Pro features Intel Xeon processors up to 18 cores and the new Radeon Pro Vega graphics processing unit with up to 16GB of video memory.

They are also adding new editing options for live photos with new effects that create continuous video loops as well as a long exposure effect that can capture time and movement. Shipments of intelligent home speakers surged almost 600 per cent year-over-year to 4.2 million units in the fourth quarter, with Amazon taking about 88 per cent share and Google 10 percent, according to consultant Strategy Analytics. Before, transactions had been limited to products and services from businesses and institutions.

In addition, CNN reports, Obama also urged the audience to get more people of color involved in the tech industry as well.

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