When it finally lands, the smart speaker will be competing in a market which already includes the likes of the Amazon Echo and Google Home, not to mention other speakers which feature built-in Google Assistant, Alexa and other virtual assistants.
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According to Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, the HomePod will bring "advanced audio technologies like beam-forming tweeters, a high-excursion woofer and automatic spatial awareness" that makes him think people "will be blown away by the audio quality."
Whether this "magical new music experience" (Schiller's words) will live up to the hype remains to be seen. Needless to say, you'll be the first to know - keep an eye out for our exhaustive First Test!