Apple unveils HomePod, competition for Amazon Echo

Apple unveils HomePod, competition for Amazon Echo

In his presentation on Monday, Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice-president of worldwide marketing, said HomePod is designed for voice control with an array of six microphones, so users can interact with it from across the room, even while loud music is playing.

WWDC 2017: Apple introduces HomePod, an Amazon Echo rival

During a conference call with analysts earlier this year, Cook said "we have put our toe in the water doing some original content for Apple Music". The Worldwide Developers Conference ( WWDC ) is usually where Apple previews its software updates.

Apple announces Siri-based speaker, to take on Amazon, Google

Apple announces Siri-based speaker, to take on Amazon, Google

Apple marketing boss Phil Schiller said Apple wanted to combine good speakers with smart speakers you can talk to, referencing Sonos and Amazon Alexa. In a blog post Technalysis Research founder Bob O'Donnell depicted Apple's latest product news as an affirmation that the company has not fallen behind competitors and is working to take advantage of potentially exciting new technologies.

Apple expected to reveal Amazon and Google smart speaker rival

Apple was a bit more coy about the features that will set HomePod apart from its competition. The speaker has the "ability to rock the house", according to Schiller, who said the team operated to make HomePod a potent assistant for news, messages, weather, traffic, home controls and more.

WWDC 2017: Apple HomePod Competes with Amazon Echo and Google Home

Apple says that privacy is a top concern here, and that no data is being recorded till "Hey Siri" is said. But the product seems directly inspired by existing smart speakers from Amazon ( AMZN , Tech30 ) and Google ( GOOGL , Tech30). The success of the Amazon Echo , released in the U.S. in 2014, paved the way for Google to follow with its own sleek Google Home device past year.

Apple's New HomePod Smart Speaker Promises to Reinvent Home Audio

A new Siri interface on the Apple Watch will also blend users' calendar information with other useful details, like airline tickets they may have booked, the company said . 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.