Friday, 18 August, 2017

New smart speaker expected as Apple kicks off conference

Javier Burns | 08 June, 2017, 05:47

Apple has finally unveiled its answer to Amazon's and Google's smart speakers slash digital assistants - and it's called HomePod.

HomePod will taking Amazon Echo and Google Home, which have been building momentum in the market for voice-controlled speakers capable of controlling smart appliances, fetching content from the internet and more.

A new Siri interface on the Apple Watch will also blend users' calendar information with other useful details, like airline tickets they may have booked, the company said.

Schiller said the HomePod will be deeply integrated with the Apple Music streaming music service.

Apple touted sound quality as a major differentiator for the Homepod, which will retail at $349, a pricier alternative to the Echo or Google Home, which sell for $179 and $129, respectively.

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

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In the form of a smart speaker system, the HomePod, which syncs in multiple rooms and scans the space around it to optimize audio.

The Company that has entered the market late is already facing some serious competition from Amazon and Google despite being one of the first to deliver the Siri voice assistant for their iPhones in 2011. The research firm eMarketer says than 35 million people in the USA are expected to use a voice-activated speaker at least once a month this year, more than double its estimate from last year. Google Home followed in October and Microsoft's assistant, Cortana, is also finding a home in home speakers. You can activate it with a wake word - "Hey Siri" - and ask an artificially intelligent assistant, Siri, to play music. It will work closely with your Apple Music subscription, and will have access to your playlists and a vast 40 million music library, to pull in more recommendations based on listening preferences.

Apple has not confirmed the price of the HomePod for the UK. Unlike Amazon's new Echo Show, Apple's device does not have a screen.

In addition, the usual previews of the forthcoming Mac, iPhone, Apple Watch and Apple TV OS will also form part of the brand's presentations, as has been convention.

With consumers less interested in buying new tablets, Apple has increased its focus on designing tablets for professionals to do much of the same work that they usually perform on a laptop computer.

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