Apple HomePod vs. Amazon Echo: The similarities and differences, explained

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 7, 2017

Apple has announced that its new iOS 11 operating system will enhance Apple Pay by including a feature that allows direct peer-to-peer payments through text messages.

The news comes in the form of the new big update from Apple and its IOS system, which goes to 11 this time around.

The update to iOS 10.3 included a tool to detect apps that can not run in 64-bit mode.

After touting the work of Apple's developers, Cook announced that Amazon is coming to Apple TV with its Prime Video app. Cook said Apple was pleased about the partnership, and mentioned some original Amazon content like Transparent.

The speaker has the "ability to rock the house", according to Schiller, who said the team operated to make HomePod a potent assistant for news, messages, weather, traffic, home controls and more.

iOS 11 brings along with it a revamped iMessage application. This major update from Apple's mobile operating system brings a lot of new features.

"Apple's WWDC updates offered expected hardware and software iterations like iOS 11, hints of progress on next generation technologies like AI, and a rival to Amazon's Echo that is, well, louder". Control Center packs such tools now in a single view, which you can get to with an upward swipe gesture.

There's no word on United Kingdom pricing, or when the Apple HomePod will be released, but ArsTechnica says the product could cost "somewhere between £330 and £370" - making it more than double the price of its Amazon Echo Rival. Apple claims that with iOS 11, Siri will be smarter than before. You can now switch from one track to another via a single tap. Anyone can watch HD movies, surf the web, or browse Facebook on this tablet, and wouldn't notice any difference in their experience from using a MacBook. Prices will start - yes, start - at $4,999.

Like those other products it is created to be a digital home assistant, capable of answering questions about maths as well as music-related enquiries - but it comes with some Apple quirks.

Users have the option of sending an auto reply to contacts listed in Favourites to let them know they are driving and can not respond until they arrive at their destination. The new iPad Pro is running on an A10X Fusion chip. Besides these, the new iPad Pro will also come with a 12 megapixel rear and 7-megapixel front cam.

But HomePod is the only one of these to offer Siri and integration with Apple's HomeKit smart home system. They all received upgrades to Intel's new Kaby Lake line of processors. Apple also claims that any handwritten notes taken on the iPad will now be searchable, and a new document-scanning mode simplifies signing contracts, bills, or anything else that needs your autograph.

The iMac Pro has been billed as the "most powerful Mac ever" and will retail at $4999 in America. It boasts a 5K display, a Xeon CPU with up to 18 cores, a 4TB SSD and up to 128GB of RAM.

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