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.

source: Apple



1. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

btw, no announcement about AR in WWDC? so it's just baseless rumor all this time..

4. gehrig

Posts: 423; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

They did a gigantic presentation about ARKit. Look it up.

10. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

reply to #4 ARkit? wow, hololens is doomed /s not that dev kit, I ask about AR gear or another hardware based innovation..

7. cmdacos

Posts: 3970; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

They did one. Nothing groundbreaking but has potential if developers jump in.

2. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

A $350 Me too product! Make sense if you are an iTune subscriber, and want an exclusive sheeple experience.

3. talon95

Posts: 990; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

I have no problem with another product on the market, I don't even consider it copying, it's giving customers what they want. But anything powered by Siri is underwhelming. They should have shown a lot more evidence of improvement if they don't want a repeat of maps.

8. cmdacos

Posts: 3970; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

They were smart to focus on the speaker aspect knowing they can put far more marketing spin on the components of the hardware as opposed to the service. It will be a decent speaker but as usual the services portion will be in beta for two years. Siri was given subtle little bumps in capabilities but nothing that will make Siri relevant in comparison to GA or Alexa.

13. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

We still don't know what they will do with Siri this year. It seems to me that they are holding off that full announcement for later this year. Sirikit is already out there and they have opened it up to more developers. There is also a reason this thing will launch in December. Otherwise, what would be the point in waiting? It's a speaker! How hard can it be to mass produce? It's not like this thing will be shipping at iPhone numbers. This thing is 6 months away, they have to be waiting on the big Siri update.

5. ahmadkun

Posts: 553; Member since: May 02, 2016

ME : siri .. what is the tallest building in the world ? Hompods : wait... i'm going to ask google . Yes .. 350$ :)

6. surethom

Posts: 1635; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

This is why Apple is one the riches company in the world the Iver price everything. Way over priced.

9. cmdacos

Posts: 3970; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Doesn't matter if your can market it in a way that people buy it.

12. sissy246

Posts: 7035; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Comment#6 Why not, some will pay it, even if it's not worth a s**t.

14. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

You are simply looking at this as an echo/Google home competitor. This speaker is competing with the Sonos speaker(see prices) in sound and has the functionality of those other devices. That's where the price is coming from. According to many sites who heard and compared the Homepod to these other speakers and the Sonos, it blew them all out the water. The echo basically sounded like and echo of my clock radio in comparison. The Google home was barely better than that.

11. cmdacos

Posts: 3970; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

I didn't think PhoneArena could screw up the comments system further but congrats! You made the impossible possible!!!

15. Brewski

Posts: 670; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

I don't even know what's going on anymore. Impossible to follow a thread. I thought I had messed something up in the settings but no matter how I configure it, they still are all over the place. Glad someone else sees it too and I'm not crazy, hopefully they fix it soon.

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