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

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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.

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