Apple HomePod(apple.com)

over 5 years ago from Teodorik Mensl

  • Aaron Wears Many HatsAaron Wears Many Hats, over 5 years ago

    Damn. I don't like the idea of having an always-on microphone in the house, and as such Amazon's Echo and products like that don't interest me. But that's a nice looking speaker... I'm a little torn.

    2 points
    • Alex PriceAlex Price, over 5 years ago

      Honestly, Apple is the one company with one of these Always-On Speakers that I'm comfortable with. Apple's business model isn't (unlike Amazon and Google) about selling your data, it's about selling you hardware.

      6 points
    • Stuart McCoyStuart McCoy, over 5 years ago

      The microphone isn't technically always on. The on device processor listens for the "Hey Siri" command before handing off any audio to their servers for language processing. I think it was Tim Cook who made a specific point of this in the keynote yesterday. Given the fight they put up with the FBI over hacking the iPhone, I'm confident they have privacy as a key feature of ANY of their devices.

      4 points
      • No NameNo Name, over 5 years ago

        Yep—on top of that, Siri processes the command locally (I believe) and only sends it off if she recognizes it. Other than those instances, there's never data relay to Apple at all.

        Oh, and it's encrypted, of course.

        2 points