6 things you need to know about the Apple HomePod

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Apple Inc kicked off its annual developer conference on Monday by unveiling a "Siri face" for the Apple Watch that will enable the voice-activated assistant to provide users with information like commute times for upcoming appointments. Google followed with its Home speaker, featuring its plain-named Assistant, last year. Apple is yet to reveal what it will cost in the United Kingdom, but we expect to see it price around £300. Pulling music from the Apple library, the speaker was presented as being able to recognize its placement and direct rich audio sound into the room. Speaking at the WWDC conference, Apple's marketing SVP Phil Schiller boldly said, "This is a chance to reinvent music".

The market for internet-connected speakers and other smart home technology may be big enough to help Apple diversify.

Apple gave a sneak peek into its newest speaker at WWDC 2017 today, the HomePod.

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The new smaller version of Apple TV is displayed at an Apple Special Event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts September 1, 2010 in San Francisco, California.

Recode was the first to report that Amazon and Apple were nearing a truce. 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. It uses Apple's A8 chip (which is also used on the company's flagship iPhones), and comes with high-excursion woofer, six microphone array, seven tweeter array inside a seamless mesh fabric. And all communications will be encrypted, meaning authorities can't try to tap home communications. Users can ask HomePod to do simple things like play a song or an Apple's Beat 1 Radio, or even ask who is singing or playing drum on a track. The Mac Pro is taller and more slender than the HomePod, but from a short distance, I though I was looking at a Mac Pro stuffed in fishnet stockings. Hopefully it will work with services like Spotify and Pandora as well.

Wireless speakers are a booming tech category at present and are seen as a gateway into turning our homes into "smart" homes. And then there's a new generation of smart speakers like Amazon Echo and Google Home, but those don't really sound good.

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According to sources Sonos has ambitions on integrating with every intelligent voice assistant out there.

Apple will compete with Google Home and Amazon Echo later this year with a new speaker called HomePod.

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