Homepod is Apple’s first “breakthrough home speaker,” coming December for $349


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rumored sensible house speaker, which has home-assistant options buried beneath a music-first gross sales pitch.

"We need to reinvent house music," Tim Prepare dinner informed the Monday WWDC keynote crowd earlier than Apple's Phil Schiller revealed and named the brand new Apple Homepod. The product will value $349 and launch in sure territories, together with the US, this December.

Schiller marketed the corporate's "breakthrough house speaker" as distortion-free and spatially conscious. The 7"-tall system is roofed in a "3D mesh material" and makes use of an A8 processor to course of and sense numerous sound-related parts in a given room. Schiller confirmed that a number of Homepods can sync up, ought to clients be considering shopping for the $349 system a number of occasions over.

Unsurprisingly, Siri is a key component within the Homepod. Schiller introduced Siri at the beginning because the Homepod's "musicologist," however he ultimately listed off quite a lot of normal Siri-styled voice requests, corresponding to managing residence lights and answering questions on information, climate, and sports activities scores.

If you're going to price it at $349, you have to convince people they're getting a bargain. Google and Amazon's comparable offerings will make that tricky.
Enlarge / If you are going to worth it at $349, you must persuade individuals they're getting a discount. Google and Amazon's comparable choices will make that tough.
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Apple's music-first gross sales pitch might clarify why Apple is pricing this gadget a lot larger than comparable home-assistant units from Google and Amazon, which aren't marketed as high-fidelity music units.

Homepod is the primary completely new gadget Apple has come out with because the launch of the Apple Watch in 2015. It is going to be Apple's challenger to Amazon's Echo with Alexa and Google's House with Google Assistant.