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Apple Confirms HomePod To Include Spatial Awareness, Automatic Audio Adjustment

The HomePod speaker photographed at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference on June 5, 2017 in San Jose, Calif.
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The HomePod speaker photographed at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference on June 5, 2017 in San Jose, Calif.

No word on whether the smart speaker will support third party apps or not.

On its third quarter earnings call today, Apple revealed and confirmed a bit more information on the HomePod, its upcoming entrant into the smart speaker market that competitors Amazon and Google already have a jump on.

On today’s call, the HomePod was described as a ‘breakthrough” wireless system for the home and noted it will include *spacial awareness technology that can also adjust audio automatically.

The smart speaker was said to have “incredible sound unlike any on the market” (of course) and designed to work with an Apple Music subscription and can make music recommendations  based on its users’ music choices.

Today’s call, however, failed to verify or debunk reports this past weekend on 9to5Mac that claimed the HomePod won’t support third party apps or extensions, which was based on firmware posted online.

Upon command, Apple's Siri—much like Alexa or Google—can make the speaker work as a timer, offer updates on news, sports and weather and control home devices. 

*Correction: An early version of this story misidentified spatial awareness technology as facial awareness technology.

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