Today, Apple officially announced its all-new HomePod, a wireless smart speaker for the home that promises to deliver amazing audio quality and uses spatial awareness to sense its location in a room and automatically adjust the audio.
HomePod features a large, Apple-designed woofer for deep, clean bass, a custom array of seven beam-forming tweeters that provide pure high frequency acoustics with incredible directional control and powerful technologies built right in to preserve the richness and intent of the original recordings. HomePod is designed to work with an Apple Music subscription. The new smart speaker is compatible with iPhone 5s and later, running iOS 11.
Like Amazon Echo and Google Home, Apple HomePod can be used as a home assistant 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 perfect as a home hub, providing remote access and home automations through the Home app on iPhone or iPad.
The Apple HomePod will be made available for $349 in white and space gray starting in December initially in Australia, UK and the US.