Apple has revealed HomePod, a compact speaker and home assistant with support for Siri and Apple Music. Apple’s Phil Schiller said the device combines a great compact speaker with a smart speaker. “Just like iPod reinvents music in our pockets, HomePod will reinvent music in our homes,” he said.
HomePod is around seven inches high and features a 7-tweeter array with beam-forming tweeters – each with its own driver. The tweeters have precision acoustic horns, and directional horns. The speaker also has a 4-inch upward-facing woofer with a dynamic equalizer to ensure the sound is free from distortion.
The device will be controlled by an Apple A8 chip – the same processor that powers the iPhone.
HomePod can automatically detect the space it is in and adjust its sound to fill that space. Two HomePods may be set up in the same room and they will automatically work together. The A8 chip is also used to power Siri, which can be used to issue commands through a six-microphone array.
The HomePod will support Apple’s home automation system HomeKit and Apple Music.
HomePod will go on sale in the US in December for £349.
A worldwide launch is set for 2018.