In lieu of those skills, Apple is banking on HomePod's superior audio quality to stand out from the competition.
Apple CEO Tim Cook announced today at the company's Worldwide Developer Conference that the Amazon Prime Video app will finally be accessible via Apple TV later this year. Its internal components include a 4-inch woofer, six microphones that are said to detect your voice even if you're playing loud music, and an array of seven tweeters that are used for directing and focusing the sound.
Apple said Siri, which also competes with the Google Assistant helper, will now be able to create appointments on an iPhone after an appointment is booked on a Mac, for example, marking the first time that privacy-conscious Apple has let the assistant work across devices.
And, as you'd expect from a modern Apple product, Siri is baked into the device, turning the HomePod into a hub for information and a control device for IoT and home automation devices.
Apple, too, has begun to offering original programming of its own.
The enormous success of the Amazon Echo and Google Home smart speakers had fuelled rumours Apple would enter the market.
But Siri voice control is also the key to taking on the Amazon Echo.
Via Siri, you'll also be able to issue HomeKit commands through the HomePod, such as turning your lights on and off, or locking your doors.
Apple also touched on other Siri features in the speaker, although these were mentioned in a secondary manner - the company is clearly focusing on the music capabilities.
And Apple Watch is bringing Siri front and center. This device has the same processor as the most modern iPhone, no display, and a much more powerful set of speakers than an iPhone. The idea is to get outside software programmers geared up to write apps for Apple products. Users can interact with it by saying "Hey Siri, I like this song".
So - a cynic might say Apple has just launched the world's most-hyped bluetooth speaker - not much imagination there. Models will be available in white and space gray. AAPL says the HomePod does real-time acoustic modelling, scanning the room it's in and using beam-forming technology to shape audio based on variables like room size and its position.
The $349 HomePod looks to provide an alternative to high-end speakers from competitors such as Bose and Sonos as well as the cheaper home hubs from its fellow tech giants. The HomePod is powered by Apple's A8 chip and will be available from December in Australia, the United Kingdom, and the USA, which will be getting the initial batch of speakers in White and Space Grey at $349 (roughly Rs. 22,500).