Yet Monday's announcement, rather than being routine, was the result of a negotiation stretching back at least to 2015 when Amazon stopped selling Apple TVs on its retail site. Commenting on the sound quality, Apple marketing director Phil Schiller stated confidently; "You don't have to know what any of that is; just know that it sounds incredible". Users can also set up two HomePods next to one another, and they'll synchronize for better sound, the speaker will support whole-home audio with other speakers that support Apple's AirPlay 2 wireless audio technology.
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The HomePod will be priced at $349, more expensive than Amazon's $180 Echo or $50 Dot and Google's $129 Home. And as Bloomberg's Max Chafkin noted earlier, its not imperative for Apple to be the industry's first mover; The iPhone was developed on the heels of the Blackberry craze, and has gone on to be the preeminent smartphone available.
Apple "can't afford to yield valuable real-estate in the heart of people's homes to Amazon, Google and others", said Geoff Blaber, research analyst at CCS Insight. That's especially important because people are starting to access information, entertainment and search in a more "pervasive" way that's less dependent on smarthphones, he said. Inside is the same processor that powers the iPhone and an upward-facing 4-inch woofer.
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Apple said the speakers have "spatial awareness" that adjusts the speaker's sound levels to the acoustic conditions of the particular room.
"We want to combine this all", he said.
HomePod is also integrated with Apple Music, the company's streaming subscription service with around 40 million songs. (We'll go with "smart speakers" for now.) But all the terms refer to the same basic idea: a speaker that sits somewhere in your home that you interact with mainly through voice, whether that's asking it to play music or to give you the weather forecast.
So far, data stored on Amazon's servers is not anonymized.