HomePod: Apple's first new product in years

The Apple-designed A8 chip "provides the brains" behind the voice-activated speaker, which follows the releases of the already popular Amazing Echo and Google Home devices. Sonos also has ambitions on integrating with every intelligent voice assistant out there.

Limp was quoted as saying, "We're open to that".

Amazon's David Limp speaking at the Wired Business Conference on Wednesday. "And of course it does a lot of other things too. but we wanted a really high-quality audio experience as well".

HomePod is created to be the user's personal "musicologist", says Apple, learning personal preferences and tastes based on genres, moods and playlists. It's called the HomePod (yes, I know).

Eclipsing other news coming out of Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference, this week, the tech titan just unveiled its first smart speaker. Indeed, its Echo speaker will have 70.6% of users this year.

But investors hoping HomePod will put a dent in Amazon's Alexa dominance will probably want to pump the brakes a little. But if that's a problem for you, the Echo or Home may be better smart speaker choices.

Siri now also has a male American voice, and is said to be more expressive due to a new visual interface.

The device uses a technique known as beam forming to personalise the sound for each room and listener. Siri waveform appears on the top to indicate when Siri is engaged, and integrated touch controls also allow easy navigation.

It can do everything from giving news, weather and sports to setting timers and texting people. A former employee blames it on Apple's culture of prioritising on user privacy, and points out how the HomePod has a long way to go to match Amazon's Echo and its capabilities. That's twice the cost of the Echo and nearly three times the price of Google Home. One of the reasons we came out with the Echo Dot was getting the price to under $50.

However, the other two have smart home and third party support.

Apple might have been first to market with a digital assistant on the phone, but Siri has been surpassed by Amazon and Google.

Amazon's Echo is designed for flexibility. But I'm not counting it out: If anyone can make this work, Apple can.

For connectivity, both Amazon and Google have their units connect through wi-fi and BlueTooth while the Apple HomePod so far only connects by wi-fi only. As it's powered by Siri, it is still possible to have random questions answered. And if you have HomeKit-enabled devices, you can control your lights, garage door, air conditioning and more using this speaker.

The HomePod will offer strong audio with an array of seven tweeters, each with its own amplifier, and an upward-facing woofer.

(Copyright © 2015. All Rights Reserved.)
 
Recommended

Microsoft Details Specs for Xbox One X, Formerly Called Project Scorpio
Sony PlayStation 4 has dominated the latest generation of consoles, outselling Xbox One by 2-to-1, according to industry trackers. Sony has sold more than 60.4 million PS4 consoles since they hit the market in November of 2013, the company revealed on Monday.

Minecraft is getting 'Super Duper' 4K graphics and cross-system servers
No longer separate editions, Windows 10 , console and mobile will all become one unified game , with all the same features. Minecraft continues to be a dominant force in Microsoft's video game lineup, pioneering cross-platform play like no other.

Judge clouts 22nd homer, propels Yankees past Angels 5-3
He took short toss and went out and took ground balls, felt good. "They have some big right-handed bats and he did a good job". The last Yankee to be the first to 20 homers was Alex Rodriguez in 2007, when he hit 54 and went on to be named the AL MVP .

House intel panel demands 'Comey tapes' as Trump razzes on their existence
We don't have to be "woke" to know that this branch of the "Feds" has been anti-Black for nearly its entire institutional history. MONTANARO: It could be something that Bob Mueller, the special counsel in charge of the Russian investigation is looking at.

New Zealand wins toss, will bowl 1st against England
Morgan added: "With the inconsistent bounce in the pitch, I genuinely thought that if we took one wicket, we would take two". With Australia and Bangladesh sharing the spoils in their draw on Monday, England now lead Group A with four points.

DC police to charge 12 Turkish security agents
Ankara told the U.S. ambassador that the decision to issue the warrants was "wrong" and "unacceptable", Anadolu Agency reported. Four people already have been charged in connection with the incident, which occurred during Erdogan's visit to the US capital.

The Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers to win title
Durant - drafted as second-overall pick by the Seattle SuperSonics in 2007 - was an easy choice for the Finals MVP. An all-time performance from LeBron James was barely enough to put a dent in the Dubs' 16-1 postseason record.

Sarfraz hails Pakistan bowling display
Anything is possible in sports and that's exactly what happened when Pakistan face-off against tournament favourite England . Joe Root and Eoin Morgan continued to score at about five runs an over against accurate Pakistan bowling and tight fielding.

Pittsburgh Penguins Repeat As Stanley Cup Champions, Sidney Crosby Playoff MVP
He'll just have to wait until the first round of next year's postseason to add that entry to his already ridiculous resume. He finished the regular season with 44 goals and 89 points, good for second in the National Hockey League .

Congressional ballgame will go on despite shooting
The FBI said it appeared Hodgkinson had arrived in the area in March and had been living out of a white van near the field. Four people were shot including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana who is still listed in critical condition .

Warriors' Game 5 win wraps up highly-watched NBA Finals
Despite the fact that they were a much better team in the Finals, LeBron James shouldn't think of his Cavaliers any less. Boston has the No. 1 pick in the draft to add to a team that went to the Eastern Conference finals this season.

Apple iPad Pro 10.5 is Apple's best tablet
In his words, "if Apple pushed the idea of iPad Pro as PC replacement too aggressively, it would implicitly disparage the Mac". The screen has impressed users so much that there are now calls for Apple to bring the technology to the next iPhone.

Rihanna, Snoop Dogg, Others React to Golden State Warriors Victory
Now we are left to an offseason of people wondering just how long this dynasty could last. It all added up to Golden State's second championship in three years.

McGregor Says: Buying the right thing for Dad
This marks a dramatic change from 1970, when nearly half of these couples (47%) were in families where only the dad worked. You love the fact they are enjoying Fatherhood, and it gives you a thrill you didn't understand until it happened.

An Aussie fond of cheeseheads: Jason Day all in on Wisconsin
So far, the players who have been there seem to like the course, but of course none of them have yet to hit a shot in competition. When players don't have a reasonable explanation, that can mean only one thing - it's a cycle more than a trend .


More News

News
More News