Apple Introduces Smart Speaker Called the HomePod

Apple HomePod Speaker

Apple held its WWDC keynote on Monday (June 5), where it unveiled its own smart speaker, the HomePod.

The speaker delivers what is described as “immersive hi-fi audio”, while using “spatial awareness to sense its location in a room and automatically adjust the audio.”

The Siri-powered HomePod also doubles as a personal assistant, offering the ability to send messages; relay sports, news, and weather updates; control smart home devices; and works seamlessly with Apple Music

Other 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

– Apple-designed A8 chip provides the brains behind the advanced audio innovations;

– 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

The HomePod launches in December in Space Grey and white colorways for $349 USD.