Apple’s 2017 WWDC keynote already unveiled a range of brand new products, the tech giant has also revealed HomePod — its very own smart speaker.
“Apple reinvented portable music with iPod and now HomePod will reinvent how we enjoy music wirelessly throughout our homes,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “HomePod packs powerful speaker technology, Siri intelligence and wireless access to the entire Apple Music library into a beautiful speaker that is less than 7 inches tall, can rock most any room with distortion free music and be a helpful assistant around your home.”
The wireless speaker aims to deliver amazing audio quality and uses spatial awareness to sense its location in a room and automatically adjust the audio, much like the Sonos Play series. Designed to work with an Apple Music subscription for access to over 40 million songs, HomePod provides deep knowledge of personal music preferences and tastes and helps users discover new music.
In addition, it has a built in assistant, HomePod will be able to send messages, get updates on news, sports and weather, or control smart home devices by simply asking Siri to turn on the lights, close the shades, or activate a scene. When away from home, HomePod is the perfect home hub, providing remote access and home automations through the Home app on the iPhone or iPad.
Additional notable features include:
Apple-designed upward-facing woofer, paired with the custom A8 chip, enables bass management through real-time software modeling that ensures the speaker delivers the deepest and cleanest bass possible, with low distortion.
Custom array of seven beam-forming tweeters, each with its own amplifier, provides well-balanced smooth timbre as well as precise directional control of a multitude of beam shapes and sizes.
Automatic room-sensing technology allows HomePod to quickly learn its position in a room, whether it’s in a corner, on a table or in a bookshelf, and within seconds, is perfectly optimized to deliver an immersive music listening experience wherever it is placed.
Six-microphone array with advanced echo cancellation enables Siri to understand people whether they are near the device or standing across the room, even while loud music is playing.
Siri waveform appears on the top to indicate when Siri is engaged, and integrated touch controls also allow easy navigation.
Automatic detection and balance of two speakers using both direct and reflected audio to deliver amazing audio wirelessly for an even more immersive experience.
Easy setup that is as intuitive as setting up AirPods — simply hold an iPhone next to HomePod and it’s ready to start playing music in seconds.
Learn more about the HomePod here available December 2017 in the United States, UK, and Australia first in colours of Space Grey and White for $349 USD.