Apple debuts HomePod speaker to bring Siri into the living room

Apple debuts HomePod speaker to bring Siri into the living room”

Before we elaborate, here's a brief basic about smart home speakers.

As for voice recognition, all three speakers feature far-field technology, allowing users to conduct voice queries from across the room.

Well, adding further, the company has announced that this new HomePod is basically created to work with Apple Music, which means that you will have to require a subscription to music streaming service. I checked the Apple website and they are touting a December release date, but the Canadian version of the site does not even have an entry for it.

At the event in San Jose, Northern California, not far from Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, Cook said his company now has 16 million registered software developers worldwide for its consumer electronics and 3 million of them were added previous year.

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It only makes sense for Apple to use the HomePod as a vehicle for Siri, using it for Apple Music commands as well as general voice queries.

On the other hand, Amazon Echo being the pioneer has an early hands on most of the other third-party services than just streaming music from Amazon Prime Music and Spotify.

When users get paid, they receive the money in their new Apple Pay Cash account.

The new gadget will be a direct rival to both the Amazon Echo and Google Home speakers. Apple also said the HomePod encrypts all your communication.

In many ways, HomePod will be able to do the same things as an Amazon Echo or Google Home, including playing back podcasts, setting reminders, checking sports scores, translation and controlling internet-connected devices.

New features coming to iPhones and iPads include messages that sync to Apple servers in the cloud.

The biggest news however is the introduction of the Virtual Reality (VR) developer kit for High Sierra. Apple's navigation app is also getting an upgrade and will now be able to display floorplan-level maps within malls and airports for detailed navigation assistance.

HomePod, aided by Apple's Siri digital assistant, will be priced at $349 when it begins shipping in December in the United States, Australia and Britain, the tech giant announced at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference. You cannot only use the device to turn on the lights but also the temperature of your air conditioning system and even set an alarm clock to wake you up.

There are several significant differences between Amazon's device and Apple's newly-announced competitor, including price, shape, and more. If the speculation pans out, the speaker would be Apple's first new product since its smartwatch in 2015, Sunday, June 4, 2017.

"Only time will tell if the new Siri can compete with Google's knowledge graph or Amazon's natural voice processing but the installed base of iOS and Apple's scope for integration is a considerable advantage".

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