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Apple HomePod Launches 9th February, Pre-orders Start Friday

Apple HomePod Launches 9th February, Pre-orders Start Friday

HomePod will rely on Siri to answer all commands.

The company has also included two speakers, which use both direct and reflected audio to deliver audio wirelessly for an even more immersive experience.

HomePod pre-orders will open on Apple's website from Saturday, 27 January AEDT, and will be available to purchase from local Apple stores on February 9th.

The voice-assistant speaker market is booming thanks to Amazon Echo and Google Home. Apple has incorporated aesthetically pleasing upward-facing woofer, paired with the custom A8 chip, that enables bass management through real-time software modelling. - Apple has made it clear they want to stand apart from similar concepts by offering rich audio and the power of Siri's artificial intelligence.

When you first ask Siri for news, it launches the Podcasts app to play the latest news roundup from NPR's feed.

Apple also sought to quell any privacy concerns. If you do use multiple different platforms that aren't owned or controlled by Apple, you're probably better off getting a Google Home Max. Apple Music subscribers can enjoy a catalogue of more than 45 million songs, combined with their entire iTunes library, for online or offline listening - completely ad-free.

Apple hopes to set HomePod apart from its competitors by emphasizing sound quality. However, Amazon and Google are aiming to catch up by cutting deals to put their assistants into some Toyota Motor Corp. vehicles and Sony Corp. televisions.

"I think when people listen to it, they are going to be shocked over the quality of the sound, and of course it does a lot of other things", Apple CEO Tim Cook said past year at the WWDC, according to BGR. It starts at $349 (R4,200), making it more expensive than most competing speakers. So Apple is facing plenty of competition as it tries to make a mark as a late entry into the market. Any app that leverages SiriKit for HomePod - like Facebook's WhatsApp - can work with this function. Apple is marketing the device as an accessory for its Apple Music subscription streaming service.

HomePod will also work as a speakerphone for your smartphone calls, either on speakerphone or using FaceTime's audio chat. Sorry, Apple, Alexa already moved in.

In Australia things get more interesting for HomePod, as Amazon's Echo devices are also launching in early February. Rivals speakers like the Amazon Echo can be used for a wider variety of tasks, like ordering a pizza or summoning a auto from ride-hailing services.


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