Apple Joins Smart-Speaker Race With Music-Focused 'HomePod'

New Smart Speaker Expected as Apple Kicks Off Conference

Apple has finally unveiled its answer to Amazon's and Google's smart speakers slash digital assistants - and it's called HomePod. Apple is depending on spatial awareness to achieve its goal of reinventing home music, although it's pretty hard to imagine anyone would shell out $349 for a smart speaker.

Apple HomePod is created to analyze a room's acoustics, adjust the sound based on location and point the music in the optimal direction.

Siri is a fundamental part of Apple HomePod and it can be activated using the command "Hey, Siri".

HomePod is a rounded cylinder about 7-inches tall (it looks like the "trashcan" Mac Pro). You may get your hands on this for $349 which roughly translates to Rs 22,500.

Chief executive Tim Cook said, ' Just like portable music, we would like to reinvent home music'. Ask her to play something new or play more like what you're listening to, and Siri will happily oblige.

Apple will later this year release a "HomePod" music-centric smart home speaker, challenging a market now dominated by Amazon and Google in its latest move to weave deeper into people's lives. Despite the company's insistence that HomePod will sound unbelievable, it all feels like too little too late to take on the growing smart speaker market.

HomePod users may initially be constrained by Siri's lack of capabilities as compared to Alexa, which also boasts the ability to order millions of Amazon products as well as food from restaurants like Domino's. Amazon sells the main version of the Echo for $180 and Google sells its Home speaker for $130.

Also, Schiller made a point to say that Apple cares a lot about its user's privacy, so nothing is ever being sent until you say "Hey Siri."It uses an anonymous Siri ID, too, so your searches aren't tracked back to you". The HomePod is expected to be available in the US, UK and Australia by December before opening up to other markets later. The HomePod is a compact smart speaker that's capable of doing everything you would possibly expect from a product of its class.

In lieu of those skills, Apple is banking on HomePod's superior audio quality to stand out from the competition. That sure seems to be what we're getting with the highly-priced HomePod. It comes in white and space grey, and will retail at $349 (£270).

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