Apple has released a sneak peak of its new home music speaker HomePod. Due for release in December, Apple claims it will reinvent how we enjoy music wirelessly at home.
HomePod is designed for voice control with six microphones so you can interact with it from across the room. It will work with an Apple Music subscription to will learn your music preferences, as well as help you discover new artists. By saying “Hey Siri, I like this song,” HomePod and Apple Music can suggest other tunes you might like. Siri can also handle advance searches, such as, “Hey Siri, who’s the drummer in this?”.
For guaranteed great sound, it has an Apple-designed upward-facing woofer, delivering the deepest and cleanest bass possible with low distortion. And automatic room-sensing technology allows HomePod to quickly learn its position in a room to deliver the best sound for wherever you are sitting.
HomePod also works as a home assistant. You’ll be able to use it send messages and get updates on news and weather. And it will control smart-home devices – simply ask Siri to turn on the lights or close the blinds. Then when you’re away, the device will act as a home hub, giving you remote access and control.
“Apple reinvented portable music with iPod and now HomePod will reinvent how we enjoy music wirelessly throughout our homes,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “HomePod packs powerful speaker technology, Siri intelligence and wireless access to the entire Apple Music library into a beautiful speaker that is less than 7 inches tall, can rock most any room with distortion-free music and be a helpful assistant around your home.”
HomePod will be available from December in white and space grey; initially in the UK, Australia and the US, priced $349.