Amazon Alexa To Beat Siri

Alan Olson
June 6, 2017

With Amazon's Echo and Google's GoogleHome dominating the smart home market, and companies like Sonos and Bose integrating smart technology into their own systems, tech junkies have long wondered when Apple would join in on the craze. "If Apple does not launch a "skills store", that would be a mistake".

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The moves announced Monday escalate Apple's technological battle of wits with Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Facebook.

HomePod uses the company's A8 chip, which Apple also uses for its mobile devices. Apple says that "only after "Hey Siri" is recognized locally on the device will any information be sent to Apple servers, encrypted and sent using an anonymous Siri identifier".

"The launch of Amazon's Echo was instrumental in launching the smart speaker category, and in validating the concept of voice-enabled digital assistants providing a unified interface for the smart home", says Paul Erickson, senior analyst at IHS Markit. Although Apple Watch has emerged as the leader in its technological niche, it hasn't become a smash hit like the iPhone or the iPad — at least until tablet sales started declining. The device will apparently highlight sound quality and work with various other products of Apple. A preview of a new high-powered iMac Pro desktop, due to be released later this year, was also teased.

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The company is also launching new models of both the iPad and the Mac computer. 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.

Amazon has unveiled reminders and named timers for Alexa, its powerful digital assistant that resides inside of the Echo line of smart speakers and some other smart devices.

Apple on Monday kicks off its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC 2017) in San Jose, California, where it's expected to tout not just its software, but hardware too, according to a Bloomberg report. Given the fact that iOS 11 makes Siri even speaker, we should see this rival the Google Home speaker.

Like Amazon's (AMZN) $179 Echo, Apple's HomePod is not just for music. HomeKit control is also available, thanks to the power of Siri.

Apple really wants to focus on the audio aspect, unlike other smart speakers, and to that end the HomePod is armed with a four-inch upfiring woofer, plus seven tweeters.

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