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Apple Unveils $349 HomePod Smart Speaker

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Apple has announced HomePod, a home music speaker powered by Siri, and also its answer to Amazon Echo and Google Home. The device is powered by Apple’s A8 processor — yes, the same chip that backs iPhone 6 — and has six microphones to help Siri pick your voice from across the room.

Apple HomePod pretty much fairs with the Apple design inside and out, with just under 7 inches in height, coming in a cylindrical shape. The home music speaker uses spatial awareness to sense its location in the room and automatically adjust the audio. You can use HomePod with Siri from across the room to listen to Apple Music, even when loud music is playing, and control HomeKit-enabled devices. The Siri waveform appears on the top of the device to indicate when Siri is engaged. The colors, oh yes!

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HomePod isn’t just a good music companion, but also a great home assistant. It allows you to send messages, get updates on news, sports and weather, and control smart home devices. When away from home, you can remotely access the device through the Home app on iPhone or iPad. As far as security and privacy are concerned, HomePod sends information to Apple servers only after “Hey Siri” is recognized locally. The information is encrypted, and sent using an anonymous Siri identifier.

“Apple reinvented portable music with iPod and now HomePod will reinvent how we enjoy music wirelessly throughout our homes,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “HomePod packs powerful speaker technology, Siri intelligence and wireless access to the entire Apple Music library into a beautiful speaker that is less than 7 inches tall, can rock most any room with distortion free music and be a helpful assistant around your home.”

HomePod is compatible with iPhone 5s or later running iOS 11. Offering white and space gray color choices, HomePod will be available for $349 in December initially in Australia, the UK and the US.

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Apple Support hits YouTube with iOS tips and tricks

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Apple’s brand new YouTube channel has quite a lot to teach you, especially if you’re getting started with your iPhone or iPad. Published under Apple Support banner, the new YouTube channel from Apple provides tips, tricks, and how-tos — straight from Apple.

It has been a day since the channel appeared to the public, with a collection of ten how-to videos (at launch) that teach you how to take screenshots, send attachments in Mail, change the wallpaper, delete call logs, and more. Apple Support how-to videos are under two minutes of length, and provide easy step-by-step instructions, with bullet points on screen.

This isn’t the first time Apple Support became more accessible; Apple expanded the support service to Twitter early last year. And now, YouTube. Apple will continue adding more tips and tricks to this part of YouTube over time, but we’re not sure just how often.

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Apple started woking on HomePod in 2012

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Apple started working on the Siri-powered HomePod smart speaker back in 2012, according to a new report. Well, that’s just a year after Siri’s debut on the iPhone 4S.

The report says HomePod was cancelled and revived several times since then.

Two years later, the project got an official codename (B238), and was moved to Valley Green 1 office (near Apple’s headquarters) under Apple’s accessories division.

Apple designers came up with different prototypes for the speaker; one of which was a 3 feet tall model, while another featured a ‘flat panel with a mesh screen on the front.’ The company also considered different color variants for the device initially, but the finished product ended up being black, and white.

Apple even considered selling the HomePod under Beats brand name, however, it scrapped the idea.

Apple’s HomePod was originally designed to be a superior speaker than the likes of JBL, Bose, and Harman Kardon, the report claims. Perhaps that’s why Apple isn’t allowing app ecosystem for HomePod, unlike Amazon’s Echo, which is a standalone product with over thousands of skills (voice-activated apps). HomePod appears to be more of an accessory than a platform, as it is heavily dependent on iPhone than cloud, with Siri being one of the key selling points.

The company did study Amazon Echo when it launched in 2014, but the inferior sound quality couldn’t impress Apple engineers back then, and they went to work on something that sounded better.

Despite the delay in HomePod’s launch, Apple is reportedly expected to sell 4 million HomePod units next year, according to the source. A holiday season without an actual competitor is definitely a good sales time for Amazon (and Google, too).

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Apple delays HomePod launch until early 2018

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Apple’s new smart-speaker has been delayed until early 2018. HomePod won’t be in Apple’s 2017 product launch list, confirmed the company.

Apple issued a statement to John Paczkowski, which mentioned the company needs ‘a little more time’ to get the smart-speaker ready for customers. The HomePod will not be released this year, rather early next year.

Apple announced HomePod during this year’s WWDC back in June, and is supposed to be one of the biggest product launches in Apple’s space. However, the company didn’t even mention HomePod during its September Special Event. And now we know why!

With holiday season already arrived, it would be a good sales time for rival companies in smart-speaker business (like Amazon and Google) to cover the market, while Apple fans will have to bypass this season to get their hands on the HomePod.

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