Apple launches speaker to control home appliances and responds to voice commands
Tuesday 06 June 2017

Apple launches speaker  to control home appliances and responds to voice commands

Apple has launched a new home speaker that aims to control the gadgets and home appliances throughout your house. The tech giant unveiled its new seven-inch, compact HomePod at its Worldwide Developers’ Conference (WWDC) in San Jose, California. The speaker connects to home wifi and will be controlled by the human voice. It can also be used as a smart home hub and which responds to voice commands.

The new gadget will be a direct rival to both the Amazon Echo and Google Home speakers.

Wireless speakers are a booming tech category at present and are seen as a gateway into turning our homes into ‘smart’ homes. Everyday products such as light bulbs, heating systems and security alarms are increasingly being made to connect to the internet. Domestic appliances such as kettles, washing machines and fridges are also becoming wifi-connected.

However, In a reference to current tensions over privacy and terrorism, Apple says that the HomePod won't record anything until the term 'Hey Siri" is uttered. And all communications will be encrypted, meaning authorities can't try to tap home communications.