6 things you need to know about the Apple HomePod

06 Juin, 2017, 11:44 | Author: Claudine Rigal
  • 6 things you need to know about the Apple HomePod

"Apple reinvented portable music with iPod and now HomePod will reinvent how we enjoy music wirelessly throughout our homes", said Schiller, in a press release.

In terms of design, the HomePod looks nothing like Google Home or Amazon Echo, although it does resemble a stump covered with a mesh fabric for the speakers, akin to the base of Google Home or the exterior of Amazon Tap. Microsoft also has announced its own speaker with Samsung's Harman business; it will use Microsoft's Cortana digital assistant. The $349 device - shipping in December for the USA, United Kingdom and Australia - stands at seven inches tall, is wrapped in mesh fabric and comes packed with the same dual-core A8 chip used in the iPhone 6, giving it the "biggest brain ever in a speaker", according to Apple's marketing chief Phil Schiller.

On the software front, RBC Capital analyst Amit Daryanani expects the iOS 11 - the next operating system for Apple's iPhones and iPads - to get an overhaul that will accommodate the anticipated removal of the home button from the 10th anniversary model of the iPhone due out later this year. The unit is powered by the same A8 processor as used by the iPhone 6, and will be available in Space Grey and White.

On the plus side, the introduction of an Apple-designed speaker into what was an Alexa-controlled market could be one more catalyst for the voice-controlled industry. Like the AirPods (which sport an A1 chip), setting up the HomePod is just as easy and intuitive.

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The HomePod is described as less than 7in tall, but is packed with seven speakers and a 4in sub-woofer. All of this was created to "preserve the richness and intent of the original recordings".

6 things you need to know about the Apple HomePod

Consumer spending on smart home related products and services will reach almost US$90bil (RM383.13bil) this year and reach US$155bil (RM659.81bil) by 2022, according to consultant Strategy Analytics.

The HomePod has six microphones so that it can be activated verbally using the "Hey Siri" voice command.

In the same way that you use a wake word to ask, say, Alexa for information, the HomePod will respond to "Hey, Siri" to provide information such as news, weather, sports results and traffic. The smart assistant has been selling well ever since and has inspired a host of lookalikes and copies, most notably, the Google Home.

The HomePod can also be used to control HomeKit-enabled devices.

The smart speaker works by talking to an updated Siri that better understands music-related requests, Apple said during its Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, California.

Not every room is the same, so the HomePod has learned about spatial awareness. Cook has always been bullish about the prospects for augmented reality, and Apple is working on smart glasses, people familiar with the plans have said.

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