However, HomePod, which will starts shipping in December, can tell you the weather, read news and sports scores, and perform many other tasks, all beginning with the command, "Hey Siri". You've probably heard about talking speakers, but perhaps you've wondered how they work and what they mean for your privacy.
'I don't know if I can envision it but I hope that will happen on behalf of customers'. White and Space Grey and will cost you $349, which is fair in my opinion, keeping the Apple's product prices in mind.
But while Amazon and Google have stressed the daily practicalities of the artificial intelligence assistants that run Echo and Home, Apple framed HomePod more as a music-listening platform, with practicalities like reminders and calendar almost an after thought. It, too, comes with a built-in speaker and voice controls through the smart assistant Google Assistant.
So why the rush with Apple HomePod?
Maybe the heftier hardware inside the HomePod can explain the sky high price of the device, but it might still need a lot of improvements and additional software support to challenge Amazon head on. The Apple HomePod also incorporates Siri, the digital voice-activated assistant for Apple.
Integrated Music Services - Google Home supports third party apps like Pandora, Spotify, Youtube Music, Google Play Music and Amazon Echo supports Amazon Music, Pandora, Spotify.
The Apple HomePod has seven tweeter speakers and one woofer placed inside a rather round and squarish casing. Amazon's smart speaker is available in two versions - the full sized $180 (£145) Echo shown here, and a smaller, $50 (£40) version called the Echo Dot.
However, a recent statement from an Amazon exec holds that the HomePod is not such a big threat to the Echo family, as the products are "different philosophically" and should appeal to different tastes and needs. Further, iPhone users may naturally prefer to remain in the Apple ecosystem and opt for a Home Pod, shrinking Amazon's market share.
Nonetheless, there's no denying that Siri doesn't currently match market leader Amazon Alexa, which now offers over 12,000 voice-based skills with more added each month. This can be an unsettling concept for people anxious about privacy, but companies say they're not recording when not in use.
It looks like a home assistant and it acts like a home assistant, but Apple Inc. says it has created a smart speaker with a focus on music.