Apple announced the launch of HomePod today at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California.
The Siri-enabled speaker links up with the Apple Home app, allowing users to control their connected smart home devices by voice, without touching their iPhone or iPad.
Users say “Hi Siri” followed by their command to trigger Apple’s intelligent personal assistant to change the light setting, pause the TV or close the blinds.
But it is on sound quality that Apple hopes to distinguish HomePod from the dominant smart speakers on the market. The tech giant says the speaker produces a high-quality sound that puts it on par with “un-smart” home music systems like Sonos.
Speaking at the conference earlier today, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing Philip Schiller said that the device will “reinvent home music… just like the iPod reinvented music in our pockets”.
“Apple reinvented portable music with iPod and now HomePod will reinvent how we enjoy music wirelessly throughout our homes,” said Schiller
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