Apple unveils HomePod smart speaker

Siri will run your home at twice the price of Amazon's Alexa

Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference got underway yesterday evening. The company unveiled a number of new products including Home Pod, its smart speaker. 

The 7-inch device is the company's answer to the likes of Amazon Alexa and Google Home. Apple says the sound quality will be second to none and that it features six microphones, which only listen to users when they say "Hey Siri".  

Once set up, Home Pod will be able to control lights, alarms, and other products around the home. As it's powered by Siri, it is still possible to have random questions answered. 

"We completely reimagined how a speaker should make music in the home. HomePod combines Apple-engineered audio technology and advanced software to deliver the highest-fidelity sound throughout the room, no matter where it’s placed. This elegantly designed, compact speaker totally rocks the house," said the company.  

Apple priced the HomePod at $349, with plans to ship it in December first to customers in the US, UK, and Australia. It will then enter other international markets in 2018.

A new iMac Pro is on the way too. It has a 5K display with up to 4TB of SSD. The iMac Pro starts at $4,999, and ships in December.

 

Apple also unveiled a 10.5-inch iPad Pro and announced Apple Pay compatibility for Messages, meaning that it will be possible to send money to friends and family.