Apple's HomePod is expensive than Google and Amazon's smart speakers

Nichole Vega
June 10, 2017

Apple is giving the Google Home and Amazon Echo a run for their money with the introduction of the HomePod.

Displaying a Sonos product to show speakers that were, in Cook's words, "speakers but not smart", and an Amazon Echo to show something that was "smart, but not a speaker", HomePod is meant to be both. "We listened. Amazon Prime Video is coming to the TV App and all Apple TVs this year". In the past, Apple has begun accepting pre-orders on its website for new devices like the iPhone 7 one week before they arrive in stores.

Once set up, Home Pod will be able to control lights, alarms, and other products around the home. Instead, Apple appears to be ignoring the consumers who are interested mainly in low-price smart speakers and playing up to the traditional Apple customer, who appreciates sleek design and high quality above all-and who will pay handsomely to get it. With Apple TV in need of a decent streaming service and Amazon Prime on the hunt for a host for its popular service, the deal makes ideal sense for all involved.

At the start of its conference, the Cupertino company announced an upcoming Apple TV update will add the one feature you've been waiting years for.

Marketers that are developing for home speakers are looking for any new insights into consumers' mindsets. And prospective buyers will have to be content with the white and Space Grey colour options once the HomePod is released in December. Beyond an overly exhaustive list of incremental software features, Apple's new products offered little in the way of meaningful incremental profit opportunities.

The speaker has the "power to rock the house", according to Mr Schiller, and the aim is to make HomePod a potent assistant for news, messages, weather, traffic, home controls and more.

SAN JOSE Apple is hoping a new smart home speaker will strike a chord with music lovers - the latest test of the iPhone maker's ability to redefine markets originally staked out by its rivals.

Apple just revealed what it's been up to in software for the past year. and it's remarkably Google-y. It will cost $349 and will ship in the US, UK and Australia from December.

A new Siri interface on the Apple Watch will also blend users' calendar information with other useful details, like airline tickets they may have booked, the company said.

By saying, "Hey Siri, I like this song", HomePod and Apple Music become the ideal musicologist, learning preferences from hundreds of genres and moods, across tens of thousands of playlists, and these music tastes are shared across devices.

Hey Siri, what did Apple announce today? It's just different from what Apple is doing with the HomePod.

First there was Amazon's Echo, introduced to the public in 2014. But, right out of the gate, Apple is clearly going for music over smart assistance as HomePod's major draw.

Safari, Apple's web browser, seeks to make users' online experience smoother and less annoying. Apple's entry into the market could change that.

The new version of Apple's mobile operating system has received a series of updates, including an update to Siri. With HomeKit and a new rev of the Home app for iOS, I think Apple may finally have what it needs with the HomeKit-HomePod combo to deliver on the early promise that had so many excited about HomeKit.

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