Apple Announces New ‘Home Pad’ To Beat Google Home

On June 5th, 2017, Apple announced the $349 HomePod is going on sale in December. HomePod is Apple’s inaugural Voice First device, it combines Apple-engineered audio technology and advanced software to deliver the highest-fidelity sound throughout the room, no matter where it’s placed.

HomePod’s AI control algorithm continuously analyzes the music and dynamically tunes the low frequencies for smooth, distortion‑free. The seven beam forming tweeters precisely focuses sound, from very narrow beams all the way to true, consistent 360º audio. 

HomePod is a bit of a magical experience to use. The top shows you when Siri is listening with an LED waveform that animates with your every word. This animation seems to be not a big deal until you experience it. There is a bit of a feedback of recognition that the system is actually hearing each word. The effect is subconscious but profound. You tend to lower your tone and talk more naturally with this feedback system. A powerful Apple A8 chip is the runs most complex audio innovations in HomePod including, real-time modeling of the woofer mechanics.The buffering is perhaps the best in the industry, faster than real time. This means there will be no delays in music streaming.

HomePod is smart enough to sense where in the room it’s playing if you added another HomePod. HomePod is controlled by a new version of AirPlay called AirPlay 2. AirPlay 2 is designed to allow you to add many speaker systems to this new network.

Today Apple is to focused HomePod during the announcement in a domain where the primary initial use case, music has an expert, Siri that knows music inside and out. Apple calls this music focused Siri a Musicologist. This of course includes the extension of Apple Music but also other music platforms ultimately.