Either way, we won't know for sure until the HomePod launches in December.
"Apple reinvented portable music with iPod and now HomePod will reinvent how we enjoy music wirelessly throughout our homes", said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing.
"What we tried to do is build something that is a breakthrough speaker first", said Cook. Consultancy company Strategy Analytics forecasts that the market for smart home systems, which comprises hardware, software, and services, will hit $90.0 billion in 2017 and grow to $155.0 billion by 2022.
The device is a pill-shaped circular speaker. Inside is an array of seven beam-forming tweeter speakers and a larger subwoofer.
Apple-designed upward-facing woofer, paired with the custom A8 chip. However, the difference between HomePod and the rest seems to be in audio quality.
For $349, it had better sound good.
Apple has in several areas, including smartphones and music players, joined markets after entrenched rivals and ultimately dominated them. The speaker can also control your home kit devices, in case you have any. You can say "play more songs like that", or "I like this song".
All three devices can answer questions as well as control functions in the home when the device is paired with other smart home offerings. Pulling music from the Apple library, the speaker was presented as being able to recognize its placement and direct rich audio sound into the room. It will be priced at $349 and will be available in color choices like White and Space Gray. It starts shipping in the USA, the United Kingdom, and Australia. Limp was quick to point out that you could get eight Echo Dots for the price of HomePod, and then connect the Echo Dots to any speaker with a line out connection or Bluetooth.
And that's about it for now.
Privacy has been a concern with home devices, as the mics are constantly listening in to user conversations while waiting for the command words, such as "OK Google".
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