Apple unveils 'HomePod' speaker, first new product in years

Mandy Carr
June 6, 2017

Apple is expected to unveil new features for its Apple Watch as its Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off on Monday. It's likely any speaker unveiled by Apple will of course use Apple Music to stream tunes and users can request songs to start playing with the power of their voice. The manufacturing duties have apparently been handled by the same company that makes the iPhone 7's AirPods, with the devices being tested by Apple employees in secret. 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. Making the most of it will require a subscription to Apple's own music streaming service, which runs $10 to $15 per month and has attracted 27 million subscribers so far. Amazon sells the main version of the Echo for $180; Google's Home speaker goes for $130.

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook also announced on Monday that content from Amazon Prime Video, long absent from the Apple TV product, would come to Apple devices such as the TV, iPhones and iPad later this year.

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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. The idea is to get outside software programmers geared up to write apps for Apple products. But Apple was careful to frame it as a product focused on music first - potentially differentiating it from the Echo and Home. Amazon Echo is powered by Alexa, while Google Home is powered by Google Assistant. Siri works as an additional tool for controlling traditional apps, and Apple pays money to owners of those apps. It's actually a small tweak to its skills, but also a reminder that you can do so much with a virtual assistant.

Apple also introduced the HomePod speaker to compete with Amazon's Alexa assistant and Echo devices, for users who prefer voice-operated systems for shopping, planning and other tasks.

Reminders and lists might seem basic, but people use smart assistants for pretty simple stuff.

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