Apple’s HomePod smart speaker is official with big focus on audio quality

June 5th, 2017   decode   news

At today’s WWDC, Apple’s “one last thing” announcement had to do with the much-rumored smart speaker. It’s finally official now, and it’s called HomePod. Like the name implies, Apple’s positioning of the HomePod seems to be all about the music, thus trying to avoid pitting its virtual assistant features directly against competitors such as Amazon Echo and Google Home.

The HomePod is less than 7″ tall. It has a seven tweeter array on the bottom, and a 4″ Apple-designed woofer up top with auto bass EQ. Six microphones are always listening for the “Hey Siri” trigger phrase which activates the…

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