Apple Reveals (Apple Homepod) HomePod speaker On Monday at WWDC 2017

Apple is also offering tools for app makers to embed artificial intelligence capabilities. These giants are battling over still-emerging fields that are expected to turn into technological gold mines, much the way personal computers and smartphones became moneymaking machines in previous decades.

Siri can do those things, too, but Apple's pitch for Siri-powered HomePod is instead focused heavily on music - the company appears to bank on consumers paying for smart speakers that deliver high-quality audio sound as a sort of gateway into the world of smart home assistants.

Munster was not as enthusiastic about the HomePod, which was developed to rival Amazon's Echo (AAPL) and Google's Home (GOOGL). Siri, a digital assistant that has been on Apple's iPhone since 2011, will be voice activated to respond to requests for information and other help around the house. HomePod features a large, Apple-designed woofer for bass, a custom array of seven beam-forming tweeters that provide high frequency acoustics with directional control and technologies built right in to preserve the original recordings.

Apple's "True Tone" display will dynamically adjust the white balance4 of the display to match the light around the user for a more natural viewing experience.

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Apple vice president Phil Schiller said the company's Siri team had tuned the assistant into a "musicologist" that learns the tastes of listeners and gets songs from the internet cloud. "It will reinvent home audio", boasted Apple CEO Tim Cook.

It will cost $349 when it ships in December in the US, UK and Australia.

It had been rumoured in recent months that Apple would be introducing a smart, stand-alone Siri speaker, similar in functionality to products such as Amazon Alexa and Google Home.

Early previews suggest that the quality of sound produced by the HomePod is superior to Google Home or Amazon's Echo, although they have yet to be compared in controlled conditions.

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Created to work with an Apple Music subscription for access to over 40 million songs, Apple claims that HomePod provides knowledge of personal music preferences and tastes and helps users discover new music.

The HomePod is Apple's first new gadget in almost three years, following its announcement of the Apple Watch in September 2014. Coming to the market a little late in the game, only time will tell.

Apple, as always, has stressed its commitment to customer privacy.

Satiating the curiosity, Apple has finally come up with its smart speaker. 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.

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As per the survey, in the previous month by analysis firm eMarketer found Echo speakers held 70.6% of the USA market, compared with 23.8% for Google Home.

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