The HomePod: Apple's answer to the Amazon Echo and Google Home
Tv & Audio
HomePod is going to reinvent music in our homes.
The HomePod is just under seven inches tall.
Along the bottom is a seven array beam-form tweeter pack that's packed with seven tweeters, each with their own individual driver Their precision acoustic horns that drive the audio from within and then out along the bottom, with tremendous directional control.
And that'll become really clear in a bit as we talk about how it works.
It has a really big woofer, a four inch woofer, upward facing with a large motor to move a lot of air It's a automatic base equalization in dynamic software model, so when we turn the volume up it's free from distortion.
And all of this is controlled by an Apple AA chip.
Compact enough that you can put it most anywhere in your house.
You can put it on a table, on a shelf, against the wall in the corner.
And it intelligently and automatically detects the space it's within.
And it uses that information to adjust the audio, to balance it and take full advantage of the environment, and create a very spacious sound.
The Siri team has worked very hard to adapt the domain of music and Siri to be even greater and understand more of the questions we're going to ask about music.
Play something new.
Who's singing on this track?
Something I ask all the time, who's playing drums on this track?
And since Siri's built in there and you can speak to it the teams also worked hard to make it a great and helpful home assistant as well.
We said the domain of music is something Siri knows really well in HomePod.
There are other domains as well.
We worked hard to pick the first ones that we think matter most in a product like home pod of course you can play your podcasts, but it can also do thinks like give you news, give you weather, traffic, sports.
You can ask it to set a reminder, set a timer, text someone with messages, And if you have HomeKit devices set up in your home, you can speak to your HomePod and control your HomeKit devices.
So for example, with the HomePod setup, you can say, when do the Red Sox play next?
They're going to beat the Yankees, trust me.
Tune to NPR instead.
And if you have HomeKit devices set up You can say simple things like, are the lights on, turn the heat up, turn on the air-conditioning, bring the shades down half way.
Our team cares deeply about your privacy.
So for example, there's that magic phrase, Hey Siri.
Until you say it, nothing is being sent to Apple It recognizes when you do say it and from that point, it sends an anonymous Siri ID in order to help you with the command you're looking for.
And of course that communication is all encrypted.
We're really excited to tell you that HomePod is gonna be priced for $349.
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