Apple confirms release of HomePod - the 'smartest speaker on offer'

Apple at its annual World Wide Developer’s Conference 2017 announced a number of updates including the iOS 11 macOS High Sierra tvOS 11 and watchOS 4

Not surprisingly, the HomePod is also Siri-enabled, and will let you ask of it a wide range of things, including news, music, weather, sports, and more.

The speaker, while expected by some industry watchers, marked Apple's first new product announcement since the Apple Watch in September 2014.

Of course, you can use the HomePod to access Siri with voice commands.

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The HomePod will offer strong audio with an array of seven tweeters, each with its own amplifier, and an upward-facing woofer. The entire speaker system is powered by Apple A8, the same chipset that is present under the hood of iPhone 6. You may get your hands on this for $349 which roughly translates to Rs 22,500.

- Apple Inc. has unveiled a new device called the HomePod, a voice-activated smart speaker that is a lot like Amazon Echo and Google Home.

Overall control of the HomePod can be maintained from the Home app, and Apple also revealed users will be able to pair their phone with HomePod by holding it next to the speaker.

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For Amazon, Apple's release of the HomePod could avert or delay the $10.0 billion in new revenue RBC Capital Markets analysts predicted it could tap from Alexa-related sales by 2020. It features a high-definition speaker and runs the Apple Music streaming service, features the company hopes will give it an edge against the Echo and Google's rival Home device. And Apple's biggest consumer hits - such as the iPhone or the iPod - haven't historically been the first in their category. Amazon sells the main version of the Echo for $180; Google's Home speaker goes for $130.

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

It can also be used to control other devices in the home, and reportedly will be in competition against Amazon's Echo and Google Home. Apple expects to launch the HomePod in December. For Apple, having one would further broaden the role that its software, services and gadgets play in people's lives. Apple says HomePod is "spatially aware" and can respond as such.

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