Will Apple HomePod be victor?

Rumours that Apple would offer a sneak peak of its wireless speaker for the home at the manufacturer's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) proved to be true this week as the company unveiled a speaker with built-in Siri technology, powered by the same processor found in older iPhones. Named as the Apple HomePod, the speakers are a competition to the Sonos PLAY:3, Amazon Echo, and the Google Home speakers.

There are only a few such smart speakers now that adjust the sound output based on their presence and the number of speakers in the same room. Well, it really is Apple's version of a smart home speaker.

In fact, the AI assistant can learn a user's preference when they tell it, "Hey Siri, I like this song". Whenever Siri is listening, the area will let you know with the LED lights forming waves for every word you speak.

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So far, though, Apple has good reason to focus on sound: Siri isn't the most knowledgeable assistant, and HomeKit supports far fewer devices than its peers. It will also be more expensive than Sonos's entry-level multiroom speaker, the Play:1, and the similarly priced SoundTouch 10 by Bose.

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Amazon and Google assistants had an advantage over Siri because they had more data from their search engines they could use to train their virtual assistants and have less-restrictive privacy policies than Apple, the former employees said.

However, in Siri's current state, it just can't hold a candle to its competitors. "We want to reinvent home music", Apple CEO Tim Cook said before Phil Schiller, the company's Vice President of Marketing, pointed out the HomePod's unique position in the current market landscape.

That's despite the limited access to Apple Music too. The other two have a much broader music support. Short answer is kind of.

Available in white or "space grey", the device has seven tweeters, a four-inch woofer, and will work with Apple Music, the company's streaming music service.

In other words, it sort of takes a little bit of everything here and there - a bit of smarts, a bit of audio quality, and a bit of home assistant functionality - ending up as a pretty okay smart home device that can simply blast music.

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