It will allow users to talk to Siri, Apple's digital assistant, while at home and costs US$349 (S$ 481) - nearly double the price of most competing products. And a motor drives the diaphragm a full 20 millimeters despite the device's small size of 6.8 inches tall and 5.6 inches wide.
Use HomePod with Siri from across the room to listen to Apple Music, control HomeKit accessories and more.
The Amazon Echo and Google Home are two of the most popular speakers available on the market right now. Apple's is also said to be working on further optimising Siri to help you with podcasts, messages, weather, traffic, sports, and alarms. It sounded even better when playing in stereo while synced with another HomePod.
Apple speaker has a distinct design when compared to rivals, and the HomePod speaker is cylindrical in shape with a complete speaker mesh grille covering.
Still, the Apple Watch hasn't been a smash hit, fueling worries that the company's ability to transfix customers had waned after the 2011 death of co-founder Steve Jobs. It's reportedly powered by an Apple A8 chip, which makes it better sounding than the Amazon Echo or the Google Home. HomePod combines Apple-engineered audio technology and advanced software to deliver the highest-fidelity sound throughout the room, no matter where it's placed. It can also be used as a smart home hub and which responds to voice commands. Coming in white and space grey variants, the HomePod is stylish, elegant and smart.
A survey released last month by research firm eMarketer found Echo speakers held 70.6 percent of the USA market, compared with 23.8% for Google Home and 5.6% for others including Lenovo, LG, Harmon Kardon and Mattel.
She also spoke to those in the room about influencing their families and communities, saying that change starts small. Mark Gurman at Bloomberg News wrote earlier this year that the company didn't move ahead with features that would have given its Apple TV web-streaming product higher-quality video streaming and a video game controller in part because it didn't want to skimp on its profit margin.
Apple's Phil Schiller announces HomePod.
While we're still waiting to test the performance of the HomePod's voice recognition and interaction, the sonic performance showed Apple has made something that's easily a match for Sonos' famed speakers. It will also be responsible for improving performance and security features. During Jobs' last decade, Apple introduced the iPod, iPhone and iPad - all huge commercial successes that both reshaped daily life and swamped previous digital music players, smartphones and tablets.