Apple Just Revealed A Brand New Device For Your Apartment

But Apple will need to have something else up its sleeve to convince casual fans to buy a $350 smart speaker that isn't as smart as the competition.

Alexa and Assistant are the digital voice assistants of Amazon and Google, respectively.

Schiller had much less to say about HomePod's broader Siri smarts, although the product page on Apple's website hints that it can perform numerous smart home tasks that an Amazon Echo or Google Home can do.

Apple gave a sneak peek into its newest speaker at WWDC 2017 today, the HomePod.

Apple has announced its long-rumored answer to the Amazon Echo and Google Home.

It could be one reason Apple is playing up the musical aspect of the Homepod more than its smart home features.

Despite given lesser attention for AI, HomePod will still have the backing of Siri, which means that you can do all the basic tasks except for the additional skills in Echo speakers using HomePod. 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.

Here's hoping they at least realize not everyone uses Apple Music. Does it have a chance in the smart assistant speaker market? At $349 it's priced substantially higher than the $175 Echo and $129 Google Home. The Apple Speaker is focused on music first, not Siri.

The HomePod is designed specifically with Apple Music in mind, so it can offer you suggestions based on your music tastes to help you discover new artists.

"As the iPhone reaches a point of near saturation in mature markets and replacement rates continue to slow, Apple must find new ways to lock in users".

What are your thoughts on the new Apple HomePod?

The HomePod is creating the most buzz among a series of announcements that included a new iPad IOS, a larger IPad Pro and a new lineup of MacBook Pros and iMacs with higher speed processors. It will block videos that start playing automatically, for instance, and can also prevent ads from following and profiling users. "With over 165 million subscriptions to Apple services and quarterly revenue of $7 billion, this is an important priority for growth".

As for support for third-party developers, Amazon features Alexa Skills while Apple now does not offer a comparable service for the HomePod.

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