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Apple brought its smart speaker into the world with a shoddy name and an unconventional pitch, but anyone brash enough to cast the device to the side so easily will surely pay the price.

Claiming that it will do to your home what the iPod did to portable music Apple is pushing this as the first premium speaker that combines intelligence with fantastic sound quality. Today we're having a closer look at Apple official. Therefore, no surprise that design excellence is quite visible in this new smart speaker as well.

Easy setup that is as intuitive as setting up AirPods - simply hold an iPhone next to HomePod and it's ready to start playing music in seconds. The entire speaker is 6.8-inches tall and 5.6-inches in diameter, made to fit in with home decor without disappearing.

You access Apple Music by asking Siri to play a particular song in your library, or to play songs that are similar to the one that just played. "I would bet that Apple will sell a lot of these at Christmas and into next year", said Jackdaw Research analyst Jan Dawson in a note. Available in white or black, the HomePod, which looks something like a microphone, features seven tweeters and an upward firing 4-inch woofer, six microphones and the same A8 64-bit ARM-based processor used in the iPhone.

The HomePod is then able to use a technology called beam-sensing and real-time acoustic modelling which allows it to effectively "scan" the room and adjust the audio to make the best possible sound in the position you've placed it.

With the help of a little machine learning, Siri now takes a more proactive approach to assistance. However, a good chip can do no good without good programs and algorithms. "That's what they did with the iPad and the iPhone and it's no different here with this speaker, they are about two years late but what they are doing is being really distinct around the music piece of it", he said. "If you want to stream anything else, you can use another device and stream it to the speaker via AirPlay 2, which will arrive this fall in iOS 11", adds Mashable.

While it may sound weird, unlike Amazon and Google who proudly boast about the various things that their speakers can do, Apple has chose to position HomePod as a music primary device.

Chief executive Tim Cook, referencing the company's iTunes service and iPod, said: "Just like portable music, we would like to reinvent home music". When away from home, HomePod is the flawless home hub, providing remote access and home automations through the Home app on iPhone or iPad. Let's go over a few of the reasons why the HomePod may not be the game changer that Apple investors need.

A new report claims that Samsung is working on a smart speaker that would directly compete with Google Home and Amazon's Echo devices.

While it sounds tempting, we'll have to wait for it. HomePod now isn't ready to hit the shelves of Apple Stores.

I believe this is truly the start of the mainstream VR and AR revolution that we at Epic have been striving for, and building for, over the course of many years. And when it comes, it'll cost $350.


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