Furthermore, there is some automation possible as well when you are not at home.
Apple at the Worldwide Developers Conference in California on Monday (7 June) announced HomePod, a wireless speaker that delivers fantastic audio quality and uses spatial awareness to sense its location in a room and automatically adjust the audio.
Anyone who is busy cooking, holding kids or doing other tasks at home will benefit from a hands-free computer.
Recorded audio is already a topic of debate. Amazon's Echo costs $180, while Sonos' Play:1 is $199. With its emphasis on audio quality, networking capabilities, and spatial awareness, the HomePod is clearly more of a competitor to Sonos than to the Echo. But there are varying degrees of how they keep the data secret. To believe in HomePod is to believe in the market for home audio and to believe in Apple's ability to execute a product-first strategy. A person familiar with HomePod's development said it would have the same level of encryption as Siri and HomeKit. Google's new ads for the Home, however, position it as something young and hip users will also appreciate.
Shoppers should also take note that while Amazon and Google are known to regularly roll out discounted promotions on its devices-the Echo was going for $130 for Amazon Prime Day last summer-Apple introduces discounts rarely, and pretty much never for brand-new products.
Amazon's Kindle app for Apple's iPhone lets people read but not buy books, which must be purchased directly from Amazon's website.
Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled the latest operating system for Mac computers. All of a sudden, a voice-controlled device for the home was able to do more things and understand voice better than Siri. You could link Amazon Echo with various smart home devices. But Amazon dropped in, seemingly out of nowhere, with a voice-based virtual assistant that won the early fight of the voice assistant war.
It's a different situation with the HomePod.
While the HomePod is always listening for the "Hey Siri" prompt, no information will be sent to Apple's servers until that command is heard.
Apple did use WWDC to preview iOS 11, which is due to launch for iPhone and iPad this autumn. Schiller talked up the HomePod's "musicologist" features, which can answer requests like 'Play something new, ' 'What was the top song in 1983?' and 'Who's the drummer in this?'. It comes three years after the unveiling of Echo, which together with Google's assistant have dominated the market for the longest. And for both companies, the recordings are saved until you decide to delete them manually. The Viv founders dismissed Apple's ambitions for Siri as merely 'a clever AI chatbot'. After that, they're deleted automatically and another copy - without any identifiers - helps improve Siri for up to two years.