Published: Thu, June 08, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Apple unveils HomePod smart speaker

Apple's speaker, called HomePod, emphasises the enjoyment of music and looks like a wide can with curved edges.

"Apple reinvented portable music with iPod and now HomePod will reinvent how we enjoy music wirelessly throughout our homes", said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, in a statement.

Tech giant Apple made several big announcements today at its 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), taking place from June 5-9 in San Jose, California. The natural comparison here is to "smart speakers" like the Amazon Echo and Google Home. The HomePod lets use your voice to play music and control HomeKit devices like smart light bulbs or thermostats, as well as letting you chat with Siri. As of now, neither the Echo nor the Google Home speakers can be considered top notch in terms of the quality of the sound they produce.

You also can ask other Siri queries, such as news headlines, the weather, sports scores and more.

Apple is expected to announce plans this week to make its Siri voice assistant work with a larger variety of apps, but initial changes were expected to add just a small number of capabilities. When it launched its first Echo, which responds to voice commands and provides users for ordering goods or rides and controlling connected appliances.

But the best new addition for people using the iPad in a professional setting may be the operating system's new feature that allows users to mark up virtually documents that they can access on their iPads using the Apple Pencil. HomePod combines Apple-engineered audio technology and advanced software to deliver the highest-fidelity sound throughout the room, no matter where it's placed.

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HomePod is also integrated with Apple Music, the company's streaming subscription service with around 40 million songs.

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