Apple shows off HomePod Siri speaker

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HomePod, which is powered by Apple's voice assistant, Siri, is set to challenge Amazon's (AMZN) Echo. While this "anonymous Siri ID" thing needs to be examined properly before saying anything about it, if it's implemented properly then people will certainly have one more reason to buy Apple HomePod over Amazon Echo and Google Home. We do a comparison of features to find out!

Created to be optimised when used with an Apple Music subscription, Apple says HomePod can "provide deep knowledge of personal music preferences and tastes and helps users discover new music."By saying things "Hey Siri, I like this song", HomePod will work to learn the musical preferences of a user (including genres, moods and playlists) and music tastes shared across devices".

You can also use the speaker with the Siri commands that you're already familiar with.

'If Apple or Google want to come calling, my phone number is out there, they can call.

The Google Home, meanwhile, could reasonably claim to have the best digital assistant inside.

If you're streaming music to a speaker, you'll want to know about the compatible services.

The Amazon Echo weighs 2.34 lbs. while the Google Home is at 1.05 lbs.

From the spec sheet, that's exactly the opposite of what Apple is doing with the HomePod.

Secondly, it suffers from the same compatibility issues as any other Apple product: it only plays Apple Music. What is that? It's Apple's approach to third-party support, right now, there isn't any. Come for the nice speakers, stay for the home assistant.

HomePod uses the company's A8 chip, which Apple also uses for its mobile devices.

For connectivity, both Amazon and Google have their units connect through wi-fi and BlueTooth while the Apple HomePod so far only connects by wi-fi only.

The dimensions of the Apple HomePod are 6.8 inches in height and 5.6 inches in width. HomePod comes three years after Amazon launched the Echo and six months after Google launched its Home.

"Apple justified the price by positioning HomePod as a high-end speaker rather than a virtual assistant, which is smart", she said. Ask her to play something new or play more like what you're listening to, and Siri will happily oblige.

Earlier this week Apple unveiled the aptly named HomePod, a speaker that stands seven inches tall. While Amazon Echo has the first mover's advantage and is priced much lower compared to Apple's Home Pod ($180 vs $349), consumers looking for advanced features and better sound quality may prefer the latter. Granted, the other two are much smaller in size than the HomePod and naturally would weigh less. Of course, HomePod has some shiny, innovative features like scanning your room to configure the sound to the ideal frequency, but again, these are some a few features Apple rolls out in its devices to justify its outlandish prices. More importantly, why is Apple giving Amazon and Google such a long runway to improve their next line of products or push major updates? But I'm not counting it out: If anyone can make this work, Apple can.