Apple confirms release of HomePod - the 'smartest speaker on offer'

The new Apple HomePod appears to be the technology company's own version of Amazon Echo and Google Home, with similar voice assistant features to Amazon's Alexa.

HomePod will have spatial awareness so the music it plays will be adjusted to the size of the room. Siri can serve as a musicologist for music lovers as it can quick provide answers to questions like "Who is singing this song?" and "Who is playing the drums in this song?" Alexa, Amazon's digital assistant, is not officially supported north of the 49th. Amazon also offers a $49.99 Dot speaker and the $229.99 Echo Show, which features a screen.

Blaber said: "Apple's HomePod speaker casts fresh focus on Siri and will draw inevitable comparisons with the AI smarts of Amazon, Baidu, Google and others".

Overall control of the HomePod can be maintained from the Home app, and Apple also revealed users will be able to pair their phone with HomePod by holding it next to the speaker.

It will be launched in December to compete with Amazon Echo and Google Home, which have both been really successful. "It's actually lovely and we call it Homepod", Apple CEO Tim Cook said.

The HomePod has seven beam forming tweeters and an upward- facing 10.2cm woofer for improved audio output, said Apple. For instance, the iPhone, is one of the most expensive smartphones, yet Apple sells it tens of millions every year.

But now, the world's most valuable technology company looks set to make up for it, introducing new ways to get customers to use more of its money-making apps and services. You can play music on the speaker by telling Siri to do so through voice commands and you can also control your smart home appliances from the speaker as well through Siri.

As far as availability of Apple HomePod is concerned, it will be available in December starting with regions like the U.S, the United Kingdom and Australia.

During this week's conference, Apple also discussed significant software upgrades for the iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV, and Apple Watch and debuted new iPad and Mac computer models. Beats Electronics was also working on a Wifi-equipped speaker when it was acquired by Apple in 2014, but Apple chose to kill the project before it was publicly announced.

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