How Does The Price Of Apple's New HomePod Compare To Its Peers?

How Does The Price Of Apple's New HomePod Compare To Its Peers?

How Does The Price Of Apple's New HomePod Compare To Its Peers?

The HomePod features seven tweeters and a 4-inch woofer that Apple suggests will provide sound that will "rock the house".

"The fact that Apple is claiming to marry really great and smart audio with a smart assistant and cloud music service makes this device unique in the market".

Touted by Apple's marketing guru Philip Schiller as the means to "reinvent how we enjoy music wirelessly throughout our homes", the HomePod is a speaker system sitting under 7in tall with Apple's virtual assistant Siri at it core. This is the product that will measure Apple's progress and whether its stance on privacy hinders its machine learning endeavours.

Technically speaking, the Apple HomePod is a wireless speaker which is capable of using spatial awareness and sense where it is located in the room, and automatically adjust audio output accordingly. Like other smart speakers, audio information isn't sent to Apple's cloud until this voice command has been issued, Apple said.

Apple is trying to catch-up.

The HomePod, which is set to debut later this year, is still in prototype status but yesterday's presentation clearly emphasized sound quality and music-related functionality over voice integration and smart home features. Put differently, it's nearly like a Sonos speaker with the smarts of Siri, which is arguably not as intelligent as the others.

Like devices by Amazon and Google, Apple's HomePod speaker can respond to questions and control smart home gadgets such as lights.

Some industry insiders, however, note that Apple will be under more pressure to improve the computing smarts of its Siri software in the face of offerings from rivals Google and Amazon.

The 7-inch tubular speaker, which runs on an Apple A8 chip, works with an Apple Music subscription with the ability to play 40 million songs, and learns about the user's music preferences to help them discover new music.

Given it's price and features ( or lack of it), it seems very hard for HomePod to challenge Google Home or Amazon Echo.

Apple's HomePod, which will be available for purchase in December, is priced at $349. Meanwhile, Apple TV and Google Chromecast have both been conspicuously left out of Amazon's online retail market. I'm sure we'll learn more about the device in the coming months, but it seems like Apple is downplaying this announcement.

Recommended News

  • Britain plunged into uncertainty as May tipped to lose majority

    Britain plunged into uncertainty as May tipped to lose majority

    While that aim was at least partially vindicated, it also alienated large parts of the country that didn't share those views. In the early hours of Friday morning, Mrs May stopped short of saying she would stay on as Prime Minister.
    As Gulf tensions flare, reports of hacking pour in

    As Gulf tensions flare, reports of hacking pour in

    Qatari students in the UAE and Saudi Arabia have been told to leave before finishing exams, he said. The route is now closed after Qatar's diplomatic isolation by Saudi Arabia-led allies.
    IOS 11, Android O to Feature Limit on 'Always-On' Location Tracking

    IOS 11, Android O to Feature Limit on 'Always-On' Location Tracking

    Before you go any further, you need to ensure that your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch is compatible with iOS 11. As of now, only developer account holders are able to use the iOS 11.
  • How Apple Could Challenge Amazon's $10 Billion in New Revenue

    It will block videos that start playing automatically, for instance, and can also prevent ads from following and profiling users. Still, its capabilities to fill up a room with super high-quality music come at a higher price than most products in the market.
    Louis Begins Removing Confederate Monument

    Louis Begins Removing Confederate Monument

    The Confederate monument was placed in the park in 1914 by the Daughters of the Confederacy. Last month, Mayor Lyda Krewson was briefed on the options of what to do with the monument.

    The Mummy - Annabelle Wallis Interview

    Cruise plays Nick Morton, a jaunty military daredevil with a sideline in antiquities theft and a nutty sidekick (Jake Johnson ). It does offer one twist, though, with an ending that, naturally, teases to the beginning of the burgeoning Dark Universe .
  • Britain's Corbyn calls for May to quit after election losses

    A hung parliament means no party has won enough seats in a general election to have a majority in the House of Commons. I'll fight tooth and nail to keep her in place". "It's entirely possible that we'll still get an overall majority".
    Qatar Foreign Minister defiant in face of isolation

    Qatar Foreign Minister defiant in face of isolation

    President Donald Trump to Kuwait's ruling emir struggled to ease a crisis that Qataris say has led to a blockade of their nation. Qatar's official state TV later said it had shut down its website temporarily after also facing hacking attempts.

    Is Golden State's Durant the best player in the world?

    Cleveland is in an 0-3 hole, and they haven't been able to keep the Warriors from scoring like insane once in this series. James knows his team have to play a ideal game on Friday or else they will be on the wrong end of a historic playoff run.
  • Over 130 United Kingdom  mosque leaders refuse to bury London attackers

    Over 130 United Kingdom mosque leaders refuse to bury London attackers

    The attackers defile the Muslim religion, the statement said. All three were killed by police in a spray of bullets. We implore everyone to unite: we are one community.

    Apple HomePod VS Amazon Echo: Which One Should You Buy

    This could mean that users could choose whether to use Amazon's Alexa assistant on the device, or other assistants, like Siri . Amazon recently added message and call options, so the speakers will likely be used even more for communication in the future.
    UConn men's basketball team to play SMU only once

    UConn men's basketball team to play SMU only once

    Entering 2017-18, almost 60 percent of the points scored and minutes played across The American return to their respective teams. They are also guaranteed a trip back to Devlin Fieldhouse, where the Green Wave almost pulled off a huge upset last season.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.