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The sound of AI: Everything you need to know about Apple's HomePod

25 January, 2018, 00:49 | Author: Abraham Jackson
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Apple's delayed HomePod smart speaker will finally be available to buy on Friday in the UK, US and Australia. But Apple has now stated that the home assistant speaker will arrive on February 9 with pre-order commencing in the US, UK and Australia from January 26.

"The speaker will still have an always-on voice assistant, but Apple's implementation of Siri here will be more limited than what's present on other devices", according to The Verge.

Though, Apple has announced partnerships with ABC News, SBS News, 7 News and Fox Sports News to deliver audio headlines through Siri on the HomePod.

After the holiday shopping season came to an end last month, Apple could only morn the missed opportunity it had to satiate the public's demand for the hottest device in tech, the smart speaker. Neither Amazon Echo or Google Home are yet to offer this feature. If your device is compatible with iOS 11 or is already running that version of the Apple OS, then updating shouldn't be an issue. Until the device hears "Hey Siri", it does not send any other communication to Apple, Phil Schiller, senior vice president of worldwide marketing at Apple, said during the keynote address at WWDC 2017.

Apple markets HomePod as a great speaker first.

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Voice-activated speakers have moved to the forefront in a battle over what some technology analysts see as the future of computing.

Apple's HomePod is a smart speaker powered by SiriApple HomePod design and specs - what is it? And yet HomePod has failed to really excite fans (except through leaks that gave us early details about the iPhone X). If you do use multiple different platforms that aren't owned or controlled by Apple, you're probably better off getting a Google Home Max.

You can now pick up the very similar Google Home for just £129 in the United Kingdom - which is potentially around a third of the HomePod's final price. "It brings advanced audio technologies like beam-forming tweeters, a high-excursion woofer and automatic spatial awareness, together with the entire Apple Music catalog and the latest Siri intelligence, in a simple, handsome design that is so much fun to use", Apple senior vice president of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller said.

In the United States, you can get it through Apple Stores and at select Apple Authorized Resellers, such as Best Buy.

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