Will Apple's HomePod Be a Home Run?

  • Will Apple's HomePod Be a Home Run?

Will Apple's HomePod Be a Home Run?

HomePod is Apple's bet in the burgeoning market for smart home systems. With its seven tweeters and one woofer, the Apple HomePod should theoretically sound better and so justify its price tag.

Amazon and Google both have policies for dealing with demands for data on the Echo and the Home. Then in October 2016, Google unveiled its smart speaker, the Home. Google followed in 2016 with Google Home, and Microsoft is now working with Harman Kardon on the Invoke smart speaker, which uses voice-assistant Cortana. Siri will play a central role in all HomePod functions. According to Apple, that's in audio quality.

Speaker selection has always been about sound quality, convenience and price, but they've always been at the "end of a wire,"sitting there without any functionality beyond playing the music pushed to them".

The more HomePods, the better the experience-at least that's what Apple is counting on customers discovering.

HomePod users may initially be constrained by Siri's lack of capabilities as compared to Alexa, which also boasts the ability to order millions of Amazon products as well as food from restaurants like Domino's. The other smart speakers support their own company's music streaming services, as well as independent ones like Spotify and Pandora.

Second, they could work on beefing up Siri's skills or work on more integrations in the interim, but their options are fairly limited on that front. What's the deal with these speakers and should I get one?

If you were paying attention to the start of Apple's developer conference on Monday, you'll have noticed that the tech giant launched a brand new product with an odd-sounding name:.

At the same time, Apple has updated the entire range of MacBook notebooks and iMacs with more rapid Intel processors and improved graphics. The device costs £129 or $129, a lot less than the HomePod. The company shrewdly priced the Echo Dot at $50, making it a no-brainer Christmas gift this past holiday season.

The speaker, while expected by some industry watchers, marked Apple's first new product announcement since the Apple Watch in September 2014.

Apple is launching a smart home speaker called HomePod to compete with the Amazon Echo and Google Home devices, the company revealed at its annual worldwide developer conference.

10 of 12What's With the Top Pad? But who knows - in the months leading up to its December release, maybe Apple has a surprise for all of us. And even if all assistants were to play nice, I don't think it'll be enough to make Essential, well, essential.

Lastly, let's not forget that the HomePod with HomeKit is a true smart home hub, with all the built-in intelligence to make a powerful Apple-powered smart home come to life. That has caused many to speculate that the company will announce new functions before its release. It comes in white and space gray.

But at $349, almost twice the price of the Echo and three times more expensive than Google's device, HomePod will come out of the gate in December facing a price disadvantage in a fast-growing market. Besides, we will have to wait and see how the public will receive the upcoming Echo Show that will go on sale June 28th.