Monday, 26 June, 2017

Apple HomePod - Reinventing home music

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"Just like how the iPod reinvented music in our pockets, HomePod will reinvent music in our homes", said Apple SVP for Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller. If that doesn't happen before the speaker launches later this year, however, the two colors Apple has picked are at least subtle and non-offending.

Where Apple hopes to stand out in its late entry to the smart speaker market, however, is by putting extra emphasis on the speaker part of the equation.

It is supremely odd that the technology industry's most revered gadget maker, Apple Inc., responded Monday to a tech device first introduced by a relative gadget lightweight, Amazon. Say you're cooking and you have more than a few different things going that need to be checked on but all at different times. For whatever reason, though, both Amazon's Echo and Google Home completely missed out on this feature, but now Amazon is adding it. It's not clear whether Apple will turn a profit on the device when it officially hits the market later this year.

After some setup, Alexa can order a pizza from Domino's, while Siri cannot get a pie because food delivery is not - so far - one of the categories of apps that Apple has opened up to Siri.

Some of the most popular apps, such as Facebook, Instagram and Sanpchat, don't cost anything.

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It also combats the competitive threat from Google's and Amazon's connected speakers: Those don't support Apple services like Apple Music, which brings in $10 in revenue per user each month. Like the Amazon Echo and Google Home, the HomePod will play music while also helping people to manage their lives and homes.

Rather than exclusively competing with products like the Amazon Echo and Google Home, Apple is positioning HomePod as a hybrid product that does more.

Amazon just unveiled a version of Echo with a camera, touch-screen display and video-calling capabilities. Siri will also be able to create a shared Up Next queue with everyone in the home.

The secret sauce behind Amazon's smart speakers is Alexa, the company's virtual personal assistant that can answer questions, order products from Amazon, and even control smart home devices like thermostats, light bulbs, and plenty more.

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