Daily Trends Now
Daily Trends Now


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.

follow

editors' picks

January 24, 2018
Apple May Upgrade Some iPhone 6 Plus Owners To iPhone 6s Plus
Apparently the just-as-new and more affordable option, the iPhone 8 Plus is satisfying users in ways the iPhone X can not . As per analysts, Apple might discontinue the iPhone X this year.

January 24, 2018
Samsung Galaxy S9 to shoot 1080p videos at 480fps
S8 has Qualcomm's octa-core Snapdragon 835 (for United States and Chinese markets) and Samsung's Exynos 8895 (global variant). Not as high as Sony's sensor (960 FPS @ 720p), but a big step forward compared say the camera now used in the Galaxy S8 .

January 23, 2018
Intel warns users to stay away from its Meltdown, Spectre patch
A new version of the Meltdown/Spectre patches has been developed and is now in testing, Intel said. Intel's solution for the Spectre and Meltdown kernel bugs is nearly as bad as the problem.

January 22, 2018
Novak Djokovic, Dominic Thiem advance to third round of Australian Open
"I knew I wanted to use the medical timeout because I needed it", he said. "It was a matter of hating it less than my opponent". Former champion and ninth seed Stan Wawrinka , coming back from knee surgery, fell 2-6, 1-6, 4-6 to American Tennys Sandgren .

January 20, 2018
Colin Firth Is Also Done with Woody Allen
Farrow stated that it was hard to see Woody Allen during the clip and she broke down in tear when he denied sexually abusing her. Woody Allen's adoptive daughter, Dylan Farrow , said her father sexually abused her when she was a child .

January 20, 2018
WhatsApp Business arrives, exclusive to Android for now
That step is similar to the green verification badges WhatsApp added to selected business accounts on the standard app past year . WhatsApp Business, however, is meant to open a new channel of communication between businesses and their customers.

January 19, 2018
Nestle Sells US Confectionery Business for $2.8B
Founded as a family business in Italy in 1946, Ferrero entered the United Kingdom market in 1966 and acquired Thorntons in 2015. The global confectionary group Ferrero is acquiring Nestle's confectionary business for $2.8 billion.

January 18, 2018
Russia's Maria Sharapova beats German Tatjana Maria in Australian Open first round
On the men's side, Sam Querrey was ousted after losing, 6-4, 7-6 (6), 4-6, 6-2, to the 80th-ranked Marton Fucsovics. No one has won more Australian Open titles than Djokovic, who's tied with Roy Emerson for the all-time lead at six.

January 16, 2018
Passengers safely reach shore after Florida boat catches fire
She said there had never been any issues with the boat, which was destroyed by the fast-moving fire. The massive fire broke out on the coldest day of the year in Port Richey, which is near Tampa.

January 15, 2018
Israel destroys Hamas cross-border tunnel: army
Hamas claimed the tunnel was used only for smuggling, a claim that was denied by the IDF. It has recently boasted of secret technology allowing it to locate and destroy them.