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Apple Launches HomePod-A Smart Speaker for Homes

Parmenio Sano | 08 Giugno, 2017, 12:15

Amazon Prime Video is due to launch on Apple TV "later this year", Apple CEO Tim Cook announced at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). Along with its new line of computer and laptops, the tech giant has also launched a screen-free computer, powered by Siri, which doubles down as a top-notch home audio device.

Apple has finally unveiled its answer to Amazon's and Google's smart speakers slash digital assistants - and it's called HomePod. The ability to talk to you and respond, the ability to curate an Apple Music playlist for you, and the positional awareness to modify sound output, all come from different types of machine learning and AI techniques.

However, unlike Amazon Echo and Google Home, Apple is positioning HomePod more as an alternative to connected music-systems from Sonos and Bose.

"Apple reinvented portable music with iPod and now HomePod will reinvent how we enjoy music wirelessly throughout our homes", said Schiller. Apple also claims that the speaker's microphone array is strong enough to be able to pick up what a user is saying from across the room even when loud music is playing.

Other features include a room-sensing technology that will automatically adapt the sound to the size of its location.

The company said communication with the HomePod and Siri will be encrypted to protect user privacy.


Apple says it has more than a dozen speaker partners on board to support AirPlay 2, including Bang & Olufsen, Bose, Marantz, Libratone, and of course Apple's own Beats brand.

Sales of iPads are hardly what keeps Apple afloat, but they're still iterating and clearly have some plans up their sleeves about how you might use a new mid-sized iPad Pro.

Since the launch of Amazon's Echo previous year and Google Home in March, both of which have been popular with consumers, Apple had been widely expected to enter the market.

A prototype of Apple's new HomePod is displayed during the 2017 Apple Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) at the San Jose Convention Center on June 5, 2017 in San Jose, California. For the customers in the US, UK, and Australia, the speaker will start shipping by December first, in White and Space Gray color options.

Apple has a higher price point than its competitors. You can also ask HomePod to control HomeKit devices and adjust the air conditioning or lights. Although the format is not exclusive to Apple, it is not yet clear how well the photos will work with non-Apple software and devices, which mostly use JPEG.

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