Apple unveils new 'HomePod' speaker

New smart speaker expected as Apple kicks off conference

Apple has announced it is is launching a smart home speaker and electronic assistant called HomePod, created to compete with Amazon's Echo and Google's Home devices.

Apple is trying to catch-up. Siri is getting a new voice.

Schiller was much more interested in talking up Siri as a "musicologist". Additionally, it's also set to work with your home, allowing you to control lights and what-not.

That leaves Apple. Although it was the first smartphone maker to come out with a digital assistant when Siri debuted in 2011, it hasn't had a stand-alone assistant. It also (like every AI Speaker out there) boasts of a touchscreen upper-surface that can be used to trigger Siri.

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Apple took time during its developer conference keynote to offer us a sneak peek at its upcoming smart, spatially aware HomePod speaker. HomePod responds to other questions Apple users have been asking Siri for years, such as requests for the weather. Finally, the HomePod has been designed for use with an Apple Music subscription for access to over 40 million songs.

The top of the HomePod includes integrated touch controls and also shows the Siri waveform when voice-control is active.

The technology giant also announced a new software kit for developers called ARKit, which will enabled app developers to build augmented reality apps on Apple's platforms more easily. It unveiled the Apple Watch in September 2014.

The HomePod features six microphones for users to interact with across the room. Google and Amazon have been saturating the market for a while now and figuring out the whole home assistant niche.

The speaker, which will be available at £270 will act as general assistant in people's homes.



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