We had been hearing rumors that Apple was going to announce a Siri speaker at WWDC 2017 and that’s precisely what it has done today. Apple introduced its new product called HomePod at WWDC 2017. The company says that this product is going to do for music in homes what the iPod did for music on the go. That’s a pretty tall claim.
Apple HomePod speaker has been designed to work with Apple Music. It can wirelessly access over 40 million songs from the service. HomePod has a large, Apple-designed woofer for deep and clean bass aside from a custom array of seven bean-forming tweets with pure high-frequency acoustics and enhanced directional control.
With an array of six microphones, HomePod has been designed for voice control. Users can interact with it by saying “Hey Siri, I like this song.” It can also tackle advanced searches within the music library by responding to queries like “Hey Siri, who’s the drummer in this?”
HomePod doubles as a home assistant since it’s powered by Siri. It can be used to send messages over iMessages, receive updates about news and weather, control smart devices, and more.
The speaker itself is just under 7 inches tall and features a custom A8 processor which enables bass management through real-time software modeling. HomePod has automatic room-sensing technology which enables it to quickly learn its position in the room and perfectly optimize sound output for that room.
Apple is going to release HomePod in white and space gray colors in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia this December for $349.