It’s still months away, but Apple’s new HomePod speaker is gearing up to compete with Amazon and Google in the smart home market
At last HomeKit and a HomePod…
Apple is well known for the almost fanatical secrecy surrounding its product launches, so its decision to unveil the new HomePod speaker a full six months ahead of its December launch was almost unprecedented.
The reason, though, is simple – and it’s got nothing to do with Apple’s claim that it wants to “reinvent home music”. HomePod may be a great speaker, but what makes it different is the fact that it also lets you use Siri voice commands and HomeKit, which is Apple’s home-automation software for controlling lights, locks, thermostats and other devices in your home.
Apple’s fallen behind Amazon in the home automation market, but HomePod is the start of its fightback. And the good news is that we’re already starting to see new HomeKit-compatible products that you will be able to control with Apple’s HomePod as soon as it arrives this December.
Amazon and Google have stolen a march on the smart home market, but expect Apple’s HomePod to tackle its competitors head on this year.