So Apple hails the music market with its debut smart, Siri-based speaker called the HomePod to challenge Amazon Echo and Google Home as a smart home and music gizmo.

In the Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday, Apple introduced its home speaker which is aided by Apple’s Siri, the digital assistant and it is called the HomePod, like the iPod was for I-me and the HomePod is for home, you know? So at first glance, the very first thought will be – okay that is tiny. But then they play it at the conference and you’ll be like – okay that is more bass and sound than you expect from such a small speaker! Interesting. See, it’s like I am reading your mind, aren’t I? But these smart speakers will make sure to fulfil most of your digital as well as musical requirements without relying on your smartphones or tablets.

HomePod will make its move on the lower priced Amazon Echo and Google Home, which have had momentum in the arena of voice-controlled speakers capable of controlling smart appliances, fetching content from the internet and more. So it is a combo of a smart home and music hub. The HomePod is designed to work in coherence with the Apple Music subscription service and can produce rich sound, and what is cool about this speaker is that it you are just ‘Hey Siri’ far from playing your favourite music.

Apple vice president Phil Schiller said the Siri team at Apple had tuned the assistant into a “musicologist” that learns the tastes of listeners and gets songs from the internet cloud and the speaker is powered to rock your home! And it is not just any basic home speaker, it is a potent assistant for news, messages, weather, traffic, home controls, controlling your appliances and more.

The most remarkable feature about HomePod is that the speaker will actually detect the ambience of your room and will fill it with euphonic sound. The subwoofer attached to it is not likely to deliver the bass which will pound in your chest but is very decent compared to Echo and Home. The next smart feature are those seven tweeters which will separate out different aspects of the music, rather than just artificially bouncing stereo from the left channel to right channel in different directions.

HomePod is scheduled to launch in December this year in the United States, Australia and Britain; and for India, well we will have to wait for undefined time, as always. The approximate price of HomePod will be $349 which is approximately Rs 22,500. So will HomePod be able to stand against the already available and much lower priced Amazon Echo which is powered by Amazon’s virtual assistant – Alexa, and the Google Home which is powered by Google Virtual Assistant? Well, it seems like it will reinvent music.