Apple introduces HomePod, their highly anticipated Amazon Echo-like AI speaker device that Tim Cook hopes will “reinvent home music”. Launching in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia this December for $349, the new home speaker will allow users to use “Hey Siri” to play music, send voice commands and control HomeKit accessories.
The new speaker will use an Apple-designed 4-inch woofer powered by Apple’s A8 chip; the HomePod is cased in a mesh with a display at the top that shows the familiar Siri icon when a user prompts the device. HomePod will be able to play music, read the news, send and receive iMessages, set reminds, listen to Podcasts, provide answers to general questions, check the weather and perform many other tasks.
HomePod will act as a HomeKit base station, allowing for remote control of home accessories.