After months of speculation, Apple has finally launched its ‘smart’ speaker, the HomePod. Not only is the wireless speaker designed to take on the likes of Amazon Echo and Google Home, it also seems to be going after the likes of Sonos when it comes to audio quality.
The speaker is powered by Apple’s A8 processor, powerful enough to control a device like the HomePod and process the information needed for it to be smart. Apple says it has designed HomePod speaker to work with Apple Music, and the cylinder-shaped device can wirelessly access over 40 million songs from the music streaming service.
The speaker has a large, Apple designed woofer for deep and clean bass. Other than that, HomePod has a custom array of seven bean-forming tweeters with pure high-frequency acoustics and enhanced directional control. Apple wants to improve the quality and experience of music in our homes with this speaker.
Having a total of six microphones, HomePod doubles as a home assistant – after all it’s powered by Siri. It can be used to send messages receive updates about news and weather, control smart devices, and much more. Users can interact with the speaker by saying “Hey Siri, I like this song.” It will also offers answers on a range of queries that Siri is adept with right now.
Apple’s HomePod will come in grey, white and black. It will cost $349 and will ship in the US, UK and Australia from December. Apple says it will sell the speaker in other countries as well, but that will be from next year. Apple has not confirmed whether India will be one of the countries where the HomePod will be made available for sale.