How does Apple's HomePod speaker sound?


The result is that Siri's performance doesn't match that available from Amazon Echo or Google Home.

Speaking to former Apple employees and developers The Wall Street Journal learned a part of Siri's inside story. "Apple's base should like it, because they are committed to the ecosystem", Enderle said of HomePod.

In tests across 5,000 different questions, it answered accurately 62% of the time, lagging the roughly 90% accuracy rate of Google Assistant and Amazon's Alexa, according to Stone Temple, a digital marketing firm. 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. It will arrive in the U.S. and United Kingdom in December priced at $349. Here's a detailed look at the specs and features of the HomePod vis-à-vis the Google and Amazon smart speakers to see if the Apple offering can compete with the other two. Fallen behind competitors In a blog post, Technalysis Research founder Bob O'Donnell depicted Apple's latest product news as an affirmation that the company has not fallen behind competitors and is working to take advantage of potentially exciting new technologies.

If a government agency requests data from Google or Amazon from a voice assistant, they can point to accounts associated with the user. This was showcased by Apple through a VR game demo featuring Darth Vader, a lightsaber and TIE fighter. Samsung and Google already have VR systems centered on their smartphones. Similarly, while AI and machine learning sound like exotic, exciting technological breakthroughs, their real-world benefits should actually be subtle, but practical extensions to things like contextual intelligence, which is a hard message to deliver.

New features coming to iPhones and iPads include messages that sync to Apple servers in the cloud.

For photos, Apple is turning to a "high efficiency" format to replace the widely used JPEG standard.

But the computing isn't just done inside the device. So far, the service has limited payments to purchases of products and services from companies and other organizations.

For iPad users, iOS 11 will introduce improved multitasking. "This product is much more of a me-too offering".

In addition, there are several incremental updates that promise to make the mobile experience smoother. It will allow users to automatically block auto-play videos by detecting videos that shouldn't be playing when you open a webpage to read an article, for example. It will not block the ads themselves, though.

With anonymized IDs, Apple's speakers have a much more compelling argument for not handing over data - they can't find it. It's also what Microsoft is targeting with the Surface Pro; a new model comes out on June 15. The move is one of the first significant forays by Apple in the voice-technology, since the time it launched Siri way back in 2011. Shipping starts next week.

Limp said that's a very real use case, and that the differences between Siri, Cortana, and Google Assistant ultimately shouldn't stop that kind of integration in the future.

It also applies machine learning to listening as well.