Published: Sun, June 11, 2017
Industry | By Faith Ward

Apple unveils an Amazon Echo competitor

Apple unveils an Amazon Echo competitor

That company offers a similar wireless multi-speaker system for listening to music throughout the home, similar to HomePod's ability to chain together multiple speakers.

Siri is a fundamental part of Apple HomePod and it can be activated using the command "Hey, Siri". HomePod, Apple Music, and Siri deliver the best music experience in the home that streams ad-free directly to HomePod. It uses Apple's A8 chip (which is also used on the company's flagship iPhones), and comes with high-excursion woofer, six microphone array, seven tweeter array inside a seamless mesh fabric.

Apple have announced their new HomePod smart speaker. You may get your hands on this for $349 which roughly translates to Rs 22,500. What's more, you can even ask Siri specific questions like, "Who's the guitarist on this song?" if you're really feeling a particular guitar solo.

Apple has entered the intelligent speaker market with the announcement of its premium-priced HomePod. If the Google Home looks like an air freshener, the HomePod looks a bit like a ball of yarn. It'll also be able to control other smart home devices and be a musicologist, as Phil Schiller, Apple's VP of worldwide marketing, puts it. Despite the company's insistence that HomePod will sound awesome, it all feels like too little too late to take on the growing smart speaker market.

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HomePod wants to be the best of both worlds, without being that much more expensive than some of its key competitors: The Apple-made speaker will cost consumers $349, and ship in December in the U.S., U.K., and Australia.

Two years after the Amazon Echo first hit stores, and eight months after Google introduced the Home, Apple on Monday finally introduced its own speaker. Research firm eMarketer says than 35 million people in the US are expected to use a voice-activated speaker at least once a month this year, more than double its estimate from last year.

Apple has focused on the sound aspect of its HomePod, which provides the device with a huge advantage over Amazon's Alexa-powered Echo. And it would mark an effort by Apple to catch up with Amazon and Google.

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