Apple's HomePod "reinventing" listening to music at home
- Author: Arturo Norris Jun 09, 2017,
Jun 09, 2017, 10:57
"We have such great portable music, but what about our home?" Apple's strategy to downplay AI could very well do the task for them.
It will be interesting to see how Apple Siri develops now that HomePod is set to launch.
Apple just confirmed the release of their own home speaker, now called the HomePod, at its Worldwide Developers Conference 2017 on Monday. It is high time that Apple wakes up to a new era of technology disruption and make real use of its voice assistance technology Siri, considering it was amongst the first voice assistants to hit the market, but never made it big. HomePod is created to provide you the best quality sound for your home.
Amazon and Google are willing to throw caution to the wind and let users put whatever they want on their Echo and Home. Let us know by commenting down below! "Hey Siri", brings the speaker to life and then you can ask it to play music.
The fourth element is the fact that Apple clearly said that they haven't unveiled all the features of the HomePod yet. Some music was played on the sample units at the event, and I have to say, it sounded promising. Given that Apple Music is already well-known the company says that it will also be seeking to enhance the meager sound quality offered by its rivals.
The Home and Echo also include mute buttons. Apple wants to "rock the house" for you.
Now you might be thinking "too little too late", right? Among other initial offerings are: news, translations, stocks, unit conversion, reminders and alarms. This sits alongside a 4in Apple-built subwoofer and a seven tweeter array with precision acoustic horns and directional control. Of course, Siri is the star here, but since it did nothing but cutely flash its lights at the demo, we again have to wait and look forward to what it can actually do.
HomePod is Apple's bet in the burgeoning market for smart home systems. Other brands are sure to jump onto the Apple bandwagon.
In lieu of those skills, Apple is banking on HomePod's superior audio quality to stand out from the competition.Siri can do those things, too, but Apple's pitch for Siri-powered HomePod is instead focused heavily on music - the company appears to bank on consumers paying for smart speakers that deliver high-quality audio sound as a sort of gateway into the world of smart home assistants.
The UAE will have to wait for at least seven months, since the HomePod will start shipping in December initially to Australia, the United Kingdom and the US.