Amazon Prime shows will finally be available on Apple TV

Amazon Prime shows will finally be available on Apple TV

"Apple is smart to frame the HomePod as a music-centric and audio-centric device rather than just another smart speaker or another home for Siri", said Jackdaw Research analyst Jan Dawson. This new breed of speaker presents a tantalizing future powered by voice, where computing is not tied to a screen. Siri can be activated using the command "Hey, Siri".

Apple nodded to several up-and-coming technology trends, unveiling a new "smart" home speaker and device features touching on virtual reality, online privacy and a form of artificial intelligence called machine learning.

As we expected, Siri is embedded in the HomePod, so users can get updates on news, send messages etc. One element he's curious to see how Apple handles is the very particular consumer preferences around speakers and sound quality.

The main question is about the audio quality success in this market. The chip does all the fancy audio engineering - real-time acoustic modeling, audio beam forming and echo cancellation.

While the HomePod's price point, compared with the competition, is a "steep barrier", Mr Gillett noted that Apple has put a much more robust processor in the device. The speaker first detects the shape and size of the room to adjust its performance accordingly.

"HomePod packs powerful speaker technology, Siri intelligence and wireless access to the entire Apple Music library into a lovely speaker that is less than 7 inches tall, can rock most any room with distortion free music and be a helpful assistant around your home". Schiller talked up the HomePod's "musicologist" features, which can answer requests like 'Play something new, ' 'What was the top song in 1983?' and 'Who's the drummer in this?'. But I'm going to focus on just one here: what you can do with it.

Also worth noting: Apple didn't announce support for any music services beyond its own Apple Music. It's a smart marketing strategy. Interestingly, Sonos was absent from the list of early speaker partners.

Amazon and Apple have finally come to an agreement to bring Amazon's video app to the Apple TV streaming box, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced at the company's developer conference on Monday. As The New York Times noted, this year's conference was particularly heavy on Apple hardware announcements, but nonetheless there were some exciting updates for Apple's software products. You'll be able to say, "Hey, Siri" to ask for information, set reminders, etc.

One was a new US$349 smart "HomePod" home speaker to 'reinvent ' home audio, which will be available in the United Kingdom and in the USA in December.

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