Apple occasionally unveils a new hardware at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference. However, this year, Apple has changed that. The Cupertino Company today announced its new Siri-powered speaker at its WWDC 2017. This comes as no surprise, as Apple has long been rumored to launch a smart speaker at this year’s event to take on Amazon Echo and Google Home.
Apple’s new wireless speaker will be powered by Apple’s A8 chip and features Siri integration. According to Apple, the company’s new speaker is specifically designed to offer a high-end audio quality. The Cupertino Company also says that HomePod features powerful speaker technology and offers users wireless access to Apple’s music library.
According to Apple, the company’s new HomePod works perfectly with Messages through Apple’s virtual helper, Siri and Apple Music subscription, allowing users to play music, radio stations, add songs to your playlists and much more. Besides, users can use Siri to get sport scores, weather forecasts, set reminders and more. Apple says that its new HomePod allows users to control home devices including lights, locks and more.
Tech analysts say that the introduction of HomePod will put Apple in contention with Amazon Echo and Google Home this year. Amazon Echo is now available in the US and UK. One of the highlights of Amazon Echo is the ability to connect to a wide range of devices, while Apple’s mail rival Google Home is now leading the smart speaker and available in the US and UK, followed by more markets in summer 2017.
According to Apple, its smart speaker, HomePod will be priced at $349 and launch later this year. Apple’s HomePod will be available in the US, UK and Australia. Apple is expected to launch the device in more markets in 2018. In addition to a new smart speaker, Apple also unveiled a 10.5 inch iPad Pro, iOS 11 and watchOS 4 at its WWDC 2017.
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