At the 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference in June, Apple unveiled its Siri-based speaker, the HomePod. About HomePod Apple says – “HomePod is a powerful speaker that sounds amazing, adapts to wherever it’s playing, and together with Apple Music, gives you instant access to one of the world’s largest music catalogs. And with the intelligence of Siri, you control it through natural voice interaction. It takes the listening experience to a whole new level. And that’s just the beginning.”
HomePod, which has been in the works for years, is designed to reinvent the way music is enjoyed in the home. According to Apple, it does something that no other company has managed to do. It combines a smart speaker with incredible sound.
Tech giant Apple is reportedly making minor tweaks to its intelligent personal assistant, Siri to suit and fit into the HomePod. Apple has introduced a news briefing feature with its latest iOS update. The feature appears in the latest iOS beta, 11.2.5, which is available for developers now. When you ask, “Hey Siri, give me the news,” you’ll get a daily news podcast from The Washington Post. You can also ask Siri to use Fox News, NPR or CNN. We will surely see this feature in the HomePod.
Interestingly, the feature is very useful when you don’t have a display in front of you, like CarPlay and the aforementioned HomePod. This is clearly an attempt to fulfill Siri’s stated goal of using the best potential interface method for any scenario.
Other players in the Smart speaker’s race
Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Home have daily news briefings, too. Though they offer a few more options like reading the headlines and story summaries. Also, they allow choosing from more news sources and podcasts. Since this is an iOS beta, it’s likely we’ll see more abilities in the near future, ahead of the HomePod launch.
Notably, release of the Smart speaker was scheduled in December 2017 but had to be delayed. It will probably be available in Early 2018.