The HomePod is not expected to ship until December 2017, and it will cost $349, that is almost twice as the Echo ($179) and Google Home ($129) and is expensive. Schiller said devices like the Amazon Echo have poor sound quality, and wifi speakers like Sonos don't have interactive voice assistants.
Apple unveiled its long-awaited HomePod at its annual developers conference taking place this week in the heart of Silicon Valley, enticing lovers of its products with a high-end offering in a market dominated by lower-priced devices from Amazon and Google.
But this year, Apple took the opportunity to announce not just a smart speaker, but also a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro, a professional-centric iMac Pro all-in-one desktop computer, as well as updated versions of the iMac and MacBook Pro computers. As a music-playing device, it will also be a challenger to Sonos, whose wifi-controlled speakers are used by many smartphone users for home entertainment.
If there's one thing most would agree on it's that HomePod packs a lot of power under its hood.
The HomePod will price at $349 approximately Rs. 22,454. The firm maintains its buy rating, saying Apple could jump about 4% to $160 from its current price of $153.93. "If Apple had not done this, its customers would embrace Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant". "If you think about putting an Echo in every room times a two-room apartment or an eight-room home.compared to $350 for HomePod you could have eight Dots with our three-pack".
Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces the Homepod.
The HomePod will launch in December in the US, Australia, and United Kingdom with a price tag of $349. Apple announced several tweaks for iOS 11 including an updated interface, a redesigned Control Center, an improved App Store, and more. Apple SVP Craig Federighi said the company has spent a year "perfecting it" and adding "intelligent tracking prevention" to lessen ad trackers. Apple also laid some groundwork for augmented reality, the projection of digital features onto real-world surroundings, by giving app developers tools for incorporating AR into their products. The new model starts at $649 and will start shipping next week.
Apple is also bringing the ability to send money to friends or other people through its payment service, Apple Pay.
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