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Apple's HomePod Puts Siri in a Speaker

Apple's HomePod Puts Siri in a Speaker”

Apple will compete with Google Home and Amazon Echo later this year with a new speaker called HomePod.

Onstage, Apple's worldwide head of marketing, Phil Schiller, described how the speaker analyzes the song it's playing and adjusts its output.

The speaker will sell for about $350 in December in the U.S., Britain and Australia.

It can also be used to control other devices in the home, and reportedly will be in competition against Amazon's Echo and Google Home. HomePod owners will only be able to stream music from Apple Music, and will not be able to use a third party service such as Spotify as an alternative. It includes an array of six microphones (Amazon Echo packs seven whereas Google Home includes just two), so users can interact with it from across the room, even while loud music is playing.

Siri will add inflection to her voice, to say phrases three different ways.

Apple said it is also using "on-device learning" to enable Siri to take people's tastes into account.

The HomePod is expected to go on sale in December at $349.

Their battery charge should last for 10 hours, and Apple has included a new technology it called ProMotion, which will deliver higher refresh rates for the display. This will be part of the iOS 11 software update for iPhones and iPads.

Leading up to it, Apple says those outside app developers have earned more than $70 billion since Apple's app store launched in 2008.

Apple's Greg Joswiak speaks about the iPad Pro during an announcement of new products at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, Calif., Monday, June 5, 2017.

Cook and other Apple executives showed off several additional new Siri functions, highlighting how the company has been working to catch up with similar offerings from Alphabet Inc and Amazon.com Inc.

Apple, however, doesn't want the HomePod to just be a speaker, but rather a computer for the whole home. Siri can also get you access to the Maps, weather, sports, contacts and much more.

Along with upgraded versions of iPad and Mac laptops, Apple provided look at an iMac Pro work station that had the computing built in behind the screen and was touted as the most powerful computer the company has ever made.

Apple also may introduce its next Mac computer, along with the next operating system powering the machine.

Yes, this HomePod seems to be designed especially for music, powered by Apple A8 chipset, which will support real-time acoustic modelling, audio beam forming and multi-channel echo cancellation.

Apple is also bringing the ability to pay back a friend or other individual through its payment service, Apple Pay.



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