Apple is entering the lucrative market of smart speakers, currently occupied by Google Home speakers and Amazon’s Echo smart home system, by launching its own smart gadget HomePod in the ”next 4-6 weeks,” according to 9to5Mac. First unveiled at 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June 2017 and previously set for release in late 2017, HomePod’s launch was postponed for a later date, as the company needed ”a little more time before it’s ready.” The release will come after the Consumer Electronics Show 2018 where Google and Amazon announced their products’ updates that enable them to connect with TVs and even cars.
HomePod will naturally be integrated with other Apple services like Apple Music and Siri, with the ability to update its owner about the latest news and traffic updates. It features a 7 tweeter array with precision acoustic horns and directional control for hi-fi sound quality. A 4-inch woofer designed by Apple is included and it runs on Apple’s A8 chip. The device has a mesh surface and is just below 7 inches in height. Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that the tech giant hopes to revolutionize home audio: ”We want to reinvent music in the home in the way we invented mobile music,” he said while presenting the gadget at the Worldwide Developer Conference in San Jose.
Apple’s latest gagdet will shoot for high-end users and it’s expected to open the gate for development of other products and functionalities that would be integrated with the device. It will be available for $349 and will come in white and space gray.