Apple introduces an elegant home speaker namely HomePod, exposed at its yearly Worldwide Developer Conference 2017. This HomePod is a powerful speaker that sounds amazing, adapts to wherever it’s playing, and together with Apple Music, gives you effortless access to one of the world’s largest music catalogs.

All controlled through natural voice interaction with Siri. It takes the listening experience to a whole new level. And that’s just the beginning. Here the company focused on audio quality, packing the speaker with an array of seven tweeters and a woofer as well as “spatial awareness” that detects its location in a room and adapts the output automatically.

With this new device Apple’s aim to compete with the Amazon Echo and Google Home devices, the company revealed. This device will not be available for sale until December this year, and it is unclear if the devices will ever enter in India.

Apple HomePod will primarily be offered only in US, UK and Australia from December this year and in the US the price will be $349 (around Rs 22,500). This device, will be available in white and “space grey”, as a “breakthrough home speaker” designed to “rock the house”. Apple’s HomePod is quite costly compared to competitors Google Home and Amazon Echo, but the device is separate in terms of contributions. Apple HomePod can be integrated with Apple iPhone 5s and above, and any devices running iOS 11.

Some of the features of the Apple HomePod.

Design

Apple HomePod designed uniquely compare to its competitors. This device is cylindrical in shape with a complete speaker mesh fence casing. You won’t find any visible controls on the device apparently but it does response touch on top and the volume can be controlled directly. Play or pause option are there to control the speaker. On top a LED display available which shows waveform, when a command is issued so the user knows Siri is active and listening. The speaker is 6.8-inch tall, 5.6-inch wide, and weighs 2.5kg.

Features

Apple HomePod includes Apple’s A8 chip along with a sub-woofer at the top. A deep bass in woofer enhances sound. Moreover, there are 7 tweeters, which help to enhance overall audio output through better music streaming. The Apple HomePod is fixed with 6 microphones that capture and respond to ‘Hey Siri’ commands.

How to sett up the Apple HomePod work

Installing the device needs inserting a working iPhone running iOS 11 next to the HomePod. As, the Apple HomePod, is a mixture of a speaker and a home assistant function as both. Apple’s A8 chip woofer works on the bass. However, the work of the seven tweeters embedded inside the speaker is to effectively separate sound, and the six microphones help understand the shape and size of the room to adjust audio output better.

Each of the seven tweeters come with an amplifier and controls the directional beaming of music. Apple HomePod divides each aspect of music like the background, the vocals, and beams them separately to different parts of the room to make the overall effect more attractive. The core, central parts are delivered straight to the center of the room while the other parts are beamed out directionally and distributed in the background.

Also, the speaker has automatic room sensing technology. It can quickly adapt and change performance accordingly when shifted from one room to other. The six microphones have noise cancellation feature, is strong for Siri to recognize and respond to commands even from other rooms with music in the background. Apple HomePod able to work in a teamwork with an another HomePod speaker to enhance the quality of music. Additionally, spatial awareness helps it understand the change in room size or position to adapt output accordingly. Apple HomePod works with Apple Music Subscription, and since the speaker comes with Siri integration, it slowly understands and learns behavior over time, suggesting songs and playing tracks as per individual choice.

HomePod comes with the Home app on iPhone and iPad to let the consumer have control on home-based tasks remotely. HomePod can react to all Siri commands like switching off lights in the room or providing information about the weather. The HomePod can be trained to recognize likes and dislikes through Siri commands.