Check out Apple's official video introduction of the HomePod
This afternoon at WWDC 2017, Apple introduced its long rumored answer to the Amazon Echo. The Apple HomePod is a smart speaker that features integration with Apple Music and Siri. The latter is a very important feature since one of the major components of every smart speaker is an AI personal assistant. For example, On the Amazon Echo, that task is left to up and coming superstar Alexa. On the Harman Kardon Invoke, that job belongs to Cortana; on Google Home, well, you probably can figure that one out. So Siri handles the same chores that Alexa and Google Assistant are in charge of for their respective smart speakers.
Apple has released a video that introduces the HomePod. You can tell it's an Apple product from the $350 price tag which is higher than the $229.99 price of the new Echo Show. That is the model that comes with a touch screen. KGI securities' super Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had called the higher HomePod price weeks ago, and was 100% right on.
With the Apple Music integration, and the ability of users to move over their music library to the HomePod, it is no surprise that the introduction video is all about music. From the opening of the video when someone says off camera, "Hey Siri, play my favorites," to the end, we hear music as the camera gives us a look around the device. The HomePod will be available in December, and you can check out the video at the top of this story.