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Apple's HomePod Puts Siri in a Speaker

Sherri Watson | 23 June, 2017, 06:14

However, Apple has a well-established reputation for keeping its app ecosystem and platforms under tight control, so developers hoping for more open smart home ecosystems such as Google Home with the Google Assistant and the Amazon Echo Show with Alexa, may be sorely disappointed.

Apple has finally revealed its long awaited Siri-connected speaker at this year's WWDC, a direct rival to the likes of the Amazon Echo and Google Home.

"We really believe it is going to take your home music experience to the next level", Apple chief executive Tim Cook said as he unveiled it. It's unclear how Apple's music service will integrate with HomePod, although Apple's website boasts the smart speaker as having access to Apple Music's 40 million songs, so that seems to confirm it.

It includes six different in-built microphones which allow users to interact with it while standing anywhere within a room.

There are spec differences too: HomePod features 7 tweeters, a 4-inch woofer, a 6-microphone array and an Apple A8 chip processor, while Echo features a 2.0-inch tweeter, a 2.5-inch woofer, a 7-microphone array and a Texas Instruments processor.

Apple's HomePod will come in grey, white and black. That's fair, given that you can use Siri to control certain smart home gadgets, tell you random info, and control your music.

It is created to work with the Apple Music subscription service and can produce rich sound while tapping into the artificial intelligence power of Siri.

"Because there is a HomeKit base built into the HomePod, you can control your home anywhere in the world using your iPhone".

We had known for a few weeks now that Apple was working on a smart speaker, informally called the Siri Speaker. The speaker is now still in the works and is expected to release by December this year.

Apple is giving the Google Home and Amazon Echo a run for their money with the introduction of the HomePod.

Shipping of the HomePod will begin in December, to the United States, Britain and Australia. Along with its new line of computer and laptops, the tech giant has also launched a screen-free computer, powered by Siri, which doubles down as a top-notch home audio device. In-fact, according to the company, users can even ask Siri who is the drummer of a particular song, and it would be able to pull up answers for you.