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Apple Unveils Wireless Speaker HomePod

Apple Unveils Wireless Speaker HomePod

In other words, it sort of takes a little bit of everything here and there - a bit of smarts, a bit of audio quality, and a bit of home assistant functionality - ending up as a pretty okay smart home device that can simply blast music.

The speaker has the "power to rock the house", according to Schiller, and the aim is to make HomePod a voice-commanded assistant for news, messages, weather, traffic, home controls and more.

More than 35 million people in the USA are expected to use a voice-activated speaker at least once a month this year, more than doubling from last year, according the research firm eMarketer.

In an interview with Bloomberg TV, CEO Tim Cook addressed the question of whether Apple was late to the market. The HomePod weighs over 5lbs (Google Home weighs just over 1lb), features a large woofer, 7 tweets, 7 microphones, and ac WiFi.

However, Apple (AAPL) stopped short of calling it a home assistant and thus a direct competitor to companies like Google Inc.

The speakers, driven by artificial intelligence and voice-enabled assistants - such as Amazon's Alexa - have become a leading trend in the tech industry and Alexa now boasts support for more than 10,000 apps.

Apple also introduced to developers a new AR kit that it believes will make the company a leader in the augmented reality domain. Now, Echo and Home have another sibling to compete with: Apple's HomePod. HomePod launches in December. For Apple, HomePod is seen as gateway to keep users on the Apple ecosystem.




"For us it's not about being first", Cook said in the interview.

More than that, the company touched on how the HomePod will be a hub for HomeKit devices. Users will also be available to control smart home products such as connected lighting by speaking to Siri through the HomePod. You need to connect the speakers to the internet, and they will send your queries to Google, Amazon or Apple servers respectively, and they will send an appropriate response back to the speaker. On the other hand, Apple didn't mention of any such productivity feature for their HomePod at the WWDC.

That's despite the limited access to Apple Music too. The Apple HomePod has been positioned as a smart speaker first, but interestingly the HomePod bears a lot in common with both the Amazon Echo and the Google Home.

Apple made it clear during the unveiling of the HomePod that the new speaker is predominately focused on giving users a better music experience. But the device is more than just a music player.

Given it's price and features ( or lack of it), it seems very hard for HomePod to challenge Google Home or Amazon Echo. Consultancy company Strategy Analytics forecasts that the market for smart home systems, which comprises hardware, software, and services, will hit $90.0 billion in 2017 and grow to $155.0 billion by 2022.

The HomePod will be available in December in the USA, United Kingdom and Australia in white and space gray.


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