Apple’s long-rumored Amazon Echo aspirant is real. It’s called a HomePod (yes, we know). “We wish to reinvent home music,” Apple CEO Tim Cook pronounced during a company’s WWDC keynote. The Apple Speaker is focused on strain first, not Siri.
Apple’s SVP of Global Marketing Phil Schiller pronounced Sonos aren’t intelligent speakers and Amazon Echos aren’t good speakers. So Apple wants to mix a best of both worlds. It’s a intelligent selling strategy. HomePod is shipping after this year — it’s not utterly prepared for primary time.
The device is a pill-shaped round speaker. It has a 7 beam-forming tweeter array. It has a custom-made woofer and an Apple A8 chip. It has multi-channel relate cancellation, real-time acoustic displaying and more.
The HomePod can indicate a space around it to optimize audio accordingly. Schiller spent a lot of time articulate about how good it sounds. It’s tough to know for certain when you’re listening to a strain entrance out of hulk speakers in a discussion hall.
Of course, a orator works good with Apple Music. You can speak to a orator to play anything in your Apple Music library and more. You can contend “play some-more songs like that,” or “I like this song.”
You also can ask other Siri queries, such as news headlines, a weather, sports scores and more. And if we have HomeKit-enabled devices, we can control your lights, garage door, atmosphere conditioning and some-more regulating this speaker.
Interestingly, Apple also announced AirPlay 2 progressing today, that lets we span mixed speakers and play strain in mixed rooms. I’m certain many business will buy mixed speakers for their home.
It’s going to cost $349. It comes in white and space grey. It starts shipping in a U.S., a U.K. and Australia. Other countries will get HomePods subsequent year.
And that’s about it for now. I’m certain we’ll learn some-more about a device in a entrance months, though it seems like Apple is downplaying this announcement. The association knows it’s late to this market. So it has to infer that it can make a good orator before job it a best orator ever.