Apple Launches HomePod
Apple responded to the Google and Amazon by introducing its own smart speaker - the HomePod. Apple’s newest creation is very similar to Google Home and Amazon Echo.
Apple is using Siri to provide for the voice and AI aspect of this smart speaker. Similar to other Apple products, Siri is used to surf the web, control your smart home, send text messages, make phone calls, set reminders, give weather alerts, and provide live traffic updates. Although Siri is infamous for crashing when trying to interpret commands, there is no confirmation on whether Apple has upgraded Siri technology in the HomePod before it was released.
The Apple HomePod has an array of seven beamforming tweeters, which adjust the speaker’s volume based on its location in the house. Apple’s integration of the powerful A8 chip allows the speaker to be spatially aware and provide for real time modeling of the woofer mechanics. In addition, the six microphones embedded into the HomePod will be able to hear and recognize your voice at all times - even in the midst of a party.
Apple requires consumers to have, or purchase, an Apple Music subscription to have access to the 45+ million songs on HomePod. Other competitors, such as the Amazon Alexa and Google Home, have integrated other music providers such as Pandora and Spotify.
The Apple HomePod will have a starting price point of $349.
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