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New smart speaker expected as Apple kicks off conference

11 June, 2017, 09:05 | Author: Abraham Jackson
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Not surprisingly, the HomePod is also Siri-enabled, and will let you ask of it a wide range of things, including news, music, weather, sports, and more.

Apple is jumping into the connected home speaker market, announcing the HomePod this week.

Users say "Hi Siri" followed by their command to trigger Apple's intelligent personal assistant to change the light setting, pause the TV or close the blinds. You may get your hands on this for $349 which roughly translates to Rs 22,500.

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.

Having said that, the new speaker comes with six microphones which will be the mode of interaction for users with the HomePod.

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

That's it! It's very similar to Google's speaker/assistant combo, Home, in this respect.

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Apple has focused on the sound aspect of its HomePod, which provides the device with a huge advantage over Amazon's Alexa-powered Echo.

Siri, Apple's virtual assistant tool for the iPhone, looks set to become compatible with a raft of new apps, as Cupertino looks to take on Amazon's increasingly impressive Alexa.

Speaking at the conference earlier today, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing Philip Schiller said that the device will "reinvent home music. just like the iPod reinvented music in our pockets".

Notably, the new software includes new artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality features.

Alphabet Inc. followed with Google Home, a speaker introduced past year. Expect the HomePod to ship this December, presumably just in time for last-minute Christmas buying. With spatial awareness, the HomePod is able to sense its position in a room - whether it's in a corner, on a table or in a bookshelf - and then optimize its audio output for that location.

Apple is also bringing the ability to send money to friends or other people through its payment service, Apple Pay.

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