Apple debuts HomePod speaker to bring Siri into the living room

Dianna Christensen
June 7, 2017

At the event in San Jose, Northern California, not far from Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, Cook said his company now has 16 million registered software developers worldwide for its consumer electronics and 3 million of them were added a year ago.

Apple introduced the HomePod, a voice-controlled speaker that can make music suggestions and adjust home temperatures, at the World Wide Developer's Conference (WWDC) 2017 on Monday, June 5, 2017. The HomePod features Apple HomeKit integration, so Siri can be used for tasks like turning on smart lights or adjusting the thermostat. Siri assistant will be integrated into the USD349 speaker, and there will be a built-in "musicologist" which will make music recommendations tailored to individual taste.

"It will reinvent home audio", said Apple CEO Tim Cook.

Apple will launch HomePod in December and the device will cost $349, it will come in two colors, Space Gray and White and it is launching in Australia, the U.S. and United Kingdom, you can find out more details at the link below.

Alphabet Inc. followed with Google Home, a speaker introduced past year.

The company said its App Store has so far paid out $70 billion to developers, of which 30 per cent was made a year ago. From initial images it appears the HomePod will be available in white or dark grey.

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Siri's music IQ must be pretty good, because users can ask more sophisticated music-related questions, such as "Who composed this song?" or "What album came out on this day 20 years ago?" For instance, Apple initially resisted enlarging the size of iPhone's screen despite strong sales for larger-display phones made by Samsung and other rivals.

HomePod capped a keynote presentation that included updates to Apple's iPad and Mac laptop lines, and upgraded operating software enabling augmented reality for iPhones and iPads.

Apple is a company that deeply cares about music and wants to deliver a great audio experience in the home. That's especially important because people are starting to access information, entertainment and search in a more "pervasive" way that's less dependent on smartphones, he said. So Siri handles the same chores that Alexa and Google Assistant are in charge of for their respective smart speakers.

Apple had plenty of other announcements.

HomePod users may initially be constrained by Siri's lack of capabilities as compared to Alexa, which also boasts the ability to order millions of Amazon products as well as food from restaurants like Domino's. It will not block the ads themselves, though.

There's also an update to WatchOS with a new Siri interface and a new Music app for the Apple Watch, and laptops are getting updates, with a new faster 21.5-inch MacBook Air with 4K high resolution that will start at around $1,300, and a new 13-inch MacBook Pro that starts at $1,300. With Siri and a clear hole in its ecosystem, Apple is banking that its second try at a speaker product will do better.

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