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Apple was nearly sheepish in mentioning that, yes, Siri on the HomePod can do most of the usual Siri things like make appointments, find sports scores, and send messages. Apple approaches voice interaction problems programmatically - Siri needs to be able to do X, so here are the ways you can tell it to do X. Google (and to a lesser extent Amazon) created a platform that actually understands context with machine learning.

ApplePromotional image for HomePod - Apple's newest home speaker.

HomePod features a large, Apple-designed woofer for deep, clean bass, a custom array of seven beam-forming tweeters that provide pure high-frequency acoustics with incredible directional control and powerful technologies built right in to preserve the richness and intent of the original recordings.

The Apple HomePod was introduced today bringing Apple into the world of the smart speaker. You may get your hands on this for $349 which roughly translates to Rs 22,500. You can talk to the speaker to play anything in your Apple Music library and more. On its website, Apple describes it simply as getting an immersive listening experience no matter where HomePod is placed. Google, meanwhile, previewed new speaker features such as hands-free phone calling during its software conference last month.

Apple wanted its speaker's audio performance to be top-of-the-line.

To be available on the market in December this year, the compact wireless speaker has some identical functions offered by similar products made by other companies, such as Amazon Echo, but promises to produce sound with higher quality, Xinhua reported. Amazon pioneered the category with its Echo device in 2014 and has sold an estimated 11 million speakers. With spatial awareness, the HomePod is able to sense its position in a room - whether it's in a corner, on a table or in a bookshelf - and then optimize its audio output for that location.

The Siri-enabled speaker links up with the Apple Home app, allowing users to control their connected smart home devices by voice, without touching their iPhone or iPad. The speaker is now still in the works and is expected to release by December this year. But of course, it has Apple branding, so that's an early sign of its success.