Apple's new wireless HomePod speaker "reinvents music in the home"

Apple's new wireless HomePod speaker

Admittedly a cross between Amazon's Alexa smart and the Sonos wireless speaker, the HomePod "aims to reinvent music in homes, just as the iPod did in our pockets".

The dimensions of the Apple HomePod are 6.8 inches in height and 5.6 inches in width.

Apple is pitching the HomePod as a music player above everything else, perhaps because Siri is perceived to be far weaker than Google's Assistant and Amazon's Echo intelligent assistants. It will also be more expensive than Sonos's entry-level multiroom speaker, the Play:1, and the similarly priced SoundTouch 10 by Bose.

Amazon has dominated the connected speakers category since 2014 when it introduced its first Echo, which responds to voice commands and allows users to order goods and control connected appliances. This will bring Apple in comparable competition to Amazon's Alexa-backed Echo series, which has gained popularity with the home consumer over the past few years.

HomePod is created to be the user's personal "musicologist", says Apple, learning personal preferences and tastes based on genres, moods and playlists.

Named HomePod, the new gadget is expected to begin selling in December for $349.

It was one of a string of updates announced during Apple's annual World Wide Developer Conference conference, which included health-focused software updates for the Apple Watch, the next version of the mobile operating system iOS, and the arrival of virtual reality on the Mac.

It is Apple's first new device since the company launched its smartwatch in April 2015. Alongside the seven speaker array, the Apple HomePod boasts of a 4 inch upward facing woofer. Let's take a look at the price and features of these three smart speakers.

HomePod, which is powered by Apple's voice assistant, Siri, is set to challenge Amazon's (AMZN) Echo.

The speaker unveiled Monday is similar to devices from rivals, some of which have been on the market for years.

HomePod will go on sale in December in Australia, the USA and the United Kingdom and will cost American consumers $349 (A$465).

Siri can also be used manage smart devices on a home network, such as heating and lighting.

Apple traditionally has been reluctant to bring its technology to other platforms and would be unlikely to start doing so with Siri.

Amazon's (NASDAQ:AMZN) Echo smart home speaker device now dominates the global intelligent home speaker market.

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