Apple’s HomePod Smart Speaker is Unveiled at WWDC17

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    Pretty much all the details about Apple’s new wireless smart speaker had already leaked ahead of time, but the company was still keeping us all guessing about the name. When Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller, announced that it would be called “HomePod” it was a little surprising, but in fact it suits the little speaker very well, and ties in very nicely with the iPod and AirPods brands.

    Many of the rumours about Apple’s new smart speaker over the past few weeks had focused on it being a rival to Amazon’s Echo, and while it certainly is that, it was interesting to see that Schiller actually pitched HomePod as a high-quality music speaker first and foremost, making it a combination of both Amazon’s Echo and a high-quality audio speaker such as Sonos.

    HomePod is designed with deep integration with Apple Music in mind, giving you access to more than 40 million songs. Powered by Siri, it will know your personal musical preferences and help you to find new music.

    Here are some of the key features of HomePod:
    As you’d expect, despite not getting her name on HomePod, Siri is very much at the heart of its operation. It has six microphones so that you can be heard even across the room with loud music in the background. Schiller also talked a lot about the speaker’s “musicologist” features, learning your music preferences and sharing them across devices, sourced from hundreds of genres and moods and tens of thousands of playlists. You can also ask Siri incredibly advance questions about the music library, such as “Hey Siri, who’s the drummer in this?”

    And aside from all the entertainment functions, Siri and HomePod also work together as a home assistant, sending messages, getting news updates, and also controlling smart home devices.

    HomePod will be available in white and space gray for $349 from December in Australia, the UK, and the US, and will launch in other territories at a later date.

    Source: Apple
     

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