Apple follows Amazon and Google with smart speaker

Apple follows Amazon and Google with smart speaker

Apple follows Amazon and Google with smart speaker

"HomePod packs powerful speaker technology, Siri intelligence and wireless access to the entire Apple Music library into a attractive speaker that is less than 7 inches tall, can rock most any room with distortion free music and be a helpful assistant around your home".

Apple finally entered the home speaker market on Monday with the debut of a new Amazon Echo-rival.

Claiming that it will do to your home what the iPod did to portable music Apple is pushing this as the first premium speaker that combines intelligence with incredible sound quality.

The Amazon Echo and the Google Home operate in a similar way, using voice commands to wake the assistant to ask for help.

Amazon's beefing up some basic features in Alexa, its voice-controlled assistant.

The HomePod is Apple's first new gadget in almost three years, following its announcement of the Apple Watch in September 2014. If you're in the US, you'll soon receive an update for your Echo speaker (if you haven't yet) that gives Alexa the capability to set reminders.

The price is quite a jump from Google's $129 Home and Amazon's $180 full-sized Echo.

The Echo, released in 2015, and Google Home, released previous year, have helped plant the seeds for a promising market.

Apple had plenty of other announcements.

"New indoor maps of areas like malls and airports indicated that Apple might be laying groundwork to display information over images of those places in the future". Google Home followed in October and Microsoft's assistant, Cortana, is also finding a home in home speakers. With Siri most widely used on iPhone, Apple risked missing out on the daily, at-home tasks consumers increasingly use Echo or Home for - reminders, calendars, music.

Apple's annual developers conference is the company's chance to preview upcoming features for iPhones, iPads, watches and Mac computers.

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The sci-fi vision of a connected home is quickly becoming a reality: both Amazon and Google have launched smart assistants, with an Apple offering based on Siri is rumoured to be on the way. Apple also laid some groundwork for augmented reality, the projection of digital features onto real-world surroundings, by giving app developers tools for incorporating AR into their products. The most popular paid apps are usually games.

Apple is also bringing the ability to send money to friends or other people through its payment service, Apple Pay. That means we'll see the first versions of the next operating systems including iOS 11 and macOS 10.13.

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