Apple reinvents home music with HomePod

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Siri will be integrated into the US$349 speaker, and will make music recommendations that pair with the company's Apple Music service, send text messages, check news and sports scores, and control home gadgets like lightbulbs and thermostats.

Here's everything Apple unveiled at WWDC 2017. "Music is deep in our DNA, dating back from iTunes and iPod".

"We want to combine this all", he said.

"It's not going to be cheap, either, I think it's going for around $799", Prospero said. "And of course it does a lot of other things too. but we wanted a really high-quality audio experience as well".

Some industry insiders, however, note that Apple will be under more pressure to improve the computing smarts of its Siri software in the face of offerings from rivals Google and Amazon. Apple's marketing chief, Phil Schiller said, "You don't have to know what any of that is; just know that it sounds incredible".

HomePod costs significantly more than Amazon Echo.

Apple entered the growing field of voice-controlled speakers for the home on Monday (June 5), taking on early leaders and Google. If not, grabbing an Echo Dot and a Bose may be a more flexible and affordable solution. So Siri handles the same chores that Alexa and Google Assistant are in charge of for their respective smart speakers. For HomePod it's Siri, and for Amazon Echo it's Alexa.

Of course, the speaker works well with Apple Music.

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. But their approaches are different. Along with its new line of computer and laptops, the tech giant has also launched a screen-free computer, powered by Siri, which doubles down as a top-notch home audio device.

HomePod is backed by Apple Music, which contains a library of songs from over two million artists. Not a shocking move on Apple's part. The new speaker establishes a bulwark inside the home to lock customers more tightly into these services.

HomePod is a seven-inch-tall speaker that has Apple's digital assistant built in.

HomePod is set up so that it works directly with Apple Music.