Apple Finally Released Its Home Assistant

Apple Finally Released Its Home Assistant

Well, cheers everybody. Apple’s home speaker is finally here. After some major delays, the Siri-based home assistant is now hitting the stores.

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Well, cheers everybody. Apple’s home speaker is finally here. After some major delays, the Siri-based home assistant is now hitting the stores.

Apple showed the HomoPod during a Wolrd Wide Developer Conference in June last year. Back then, the company promised the device would be available by the end of 2017 but unfortunately, Apple failed to keep its promise. Now HomoPod enters the ring where Google Home and Amazon Echo have been fighting each other for quite some time. The home assistant will hit the stores at February 9 but pre-orders start on January 26.

The United Kingdom, Australia, and the USA are going to be the first countries where Apple’s creation is going to be initially released. The price is said to be $349 which is way higher than Google’s and Amazon’s devices.

Similarly to its bitter rivals, the HomoPod uses AI and voice recognition, via the Siri platform. And yes, it answers questions. Apple state that their home assistant can read the news; play podcasts and translate in real time just like any other smart assistant.

However, Apple is way behind their competitors. Amazon has their Echo for four years now, while Google stepped in two years ago. What HomoPod has that the others don’t is better design and subwoofer. Moreover, if you pair two sets you can get a stereo sound. The two devices split the sound and each of them plays different channels, thus creating spatial sound.

How do you set up the HomoPod? You just have to hold your iPhone next to it. When you say the words “Hey, Siri” you actually trigger the activating mode. You will then see the waves on the screen which mean that the device is listening.

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