At $349 it's priced substantially higher than the $175 Echo and $129 Google Home. And, if you have a speaker that supports Apple AirPlay or an Apple TV, you may be able to upgrade to AirPlay 2 so you can use your HomePod and all your AirPlay 2 devices together as a whole-home system.
HomePod features a large, Apple-designed woofer for deep, clean bass, a custom array of seven beam-forming tweeters that provide pure high-frequency acoustics with incredible directional control and powerful technologies built right in to preserve the richness and intent of the original recordings. In layman's terms, that means it has deep bass and sound that can send crisp sound in every direction. On average, Apple shares have fallen 3.5% during WWDC week. Apple says HomePod is "spatially aware" and can respond as such.
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"Siri can interpret what you're saying". The speaker is powered by an A8 chip - the same chip found in the iPhone 6 - and lets the device learn its position in a room and optimise itself to deliver an immersive music listening experience, according to Apple. You'll be able to say, "Hey, Siri" to ask for information, set reminders, etc. The Siri digital assistant has been updated to understand more spoken requests focused on music, he added.
Apple is entering the smart speaker space, and it's doing that with a new product launching this December called HomePod. Jeff Bezos has previously said that the two sides couldn't find "acceptable business terms" for Amazon to put a video app on Apple's living room device. The Snapchat-ification of iOS could continue, with more sharing features. "I don't know if I can envision it but I hope that will happen on behalf of customers". Unlike Amazon's new Echo Show, Apple's device does not have a screen.
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However, unlike Amazon Echo and Google Home, Apple is positioning HomePod more as an alternative to connected music-systems from Sonos and Bose. He points out that through Bluetooth or a "line out" connection, you can connect a Dot to any compatible speaker of your choice.
Fortunately, you have plenty of time to make up your mind about the HomePod.