The HomePod, first launched back in February last year, is Apple's answer to the likes of Amazon's Echo, but has a heavy emphasis on the audio quality.
The big showdown: Apple HomePod vs Amazon Echo
It is absolutely packed with cutting-edge audio tech. There are six microphones, seven beam-forming tweeters and a 4-inch upwards-facing woofer. It runs on Apple's A8 chip, which helps the HomePod deliver room-filling sound. Its advanced algorithms dynamically and continuously analyse the music you play, tuning the low frequencies and automatically adapting the acoustics.
The HomePod also has spatial awareness and will adjust its sound depending on where in a room it is placed - helping it to deliver better sound, including echo cancellation. It actually readjusts itself every-time you move it or unplug it, using the built-in accelerometer to detect a change in its location.
Siri is baked in for music mixing, as well as the smart home commands, and it also doubles up as a HomeKit hub, too.
Apple has cut the cost of the HomePod on its official stores worldwide and, while the new price-tag is hardly 'budget', it is a welcome move.
Could it be that a new HomePod 2 is on the horizon? Stay tuned to The Ambient for any news or leaks that break on that front.