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HomePod is the first hardware product for the company since the Apple watch. Siri, Apple's virtual assistant, will respond to voice commands. Also, it has also introduced a new music-based smart speaker called HomePod built to deliver topnotch audio experience. HomePod is seven inches tall, and is intended as a "breakthrough" speaker in addition to being a personal assistant. The HomePod uses an Apple A8 processor to dynamically model and adjust its acoustics to match the properties of the room it's placed in, and two HomePods can be combined to create a stereo sound system. You may get your hands on this for $349 which roughly translates to Rs 22,500.

Siri has will also become a "musicologist", learning users' music preferences and answering questions like "who is the drummer?".

Apple sought to position the HomePod as an extension of its musical heritage, with the device's name a play on the original iPod music player.

Amazon's Echo commands 70.6 percent of the US market and Google Home has 23.8 percent, according to a recent eMarketer report.

Apple isn't competing against Amazon and Google; it's competing against Sonos.

With Siri intelligence, the HomePod offers various features such as listening to news, unit conversions, setting reminders, send messages, control other smart devices, weather updates and more.

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. Although the format is not exclusive to Apple, it's not yet clear how well the photos will work with non-Apple software and devices, which mostly use JPEG.

American Multinational Technology Company, Apple announces HomePod speakers to its competitors, mainly consist of the Amazon's Echo and Google's Home. Despite the company's insistence that HomePod will sound fantastic, it all feels like too little too late to take on the growing smart speaker market. And while no voice A.I. service is a true standout yet, Apple is considered a laggard behind Amazon's and Google's A.I. assistant efforts.

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