Siri is a fundamental part of Apple HomePod and it can be activated using the command "Hey, Siri".
Just as we expected, Apple unveiled its Siri speaker, Homepod, today during its WWDC keynote. It uses Apple's A8 chip (which is also used on the company's flagship iPhones), and comes with high-excursion woofer, six microphone array, seven tweeter array inside a seamless mesh fabric. You may get your hands on this for $349 which roughly translates to Rs 22,500.
The device syncs with Apple Music to provide a "deep knowledge of personal music preferences and tastes", which hopefully isn't as creepy as it sounds.
It could be one reason Apple is playing up the musical aspect of the Homepod more than its smart home features. I'm sure many customers will buy multiple speakers for their home. This is the same processor found in the latest generation Apple iPhone.
Apple marketing boss Phil Schiller said Apple wanted to combine good speakers with smart speakers you can talk to, referencing Sonos and Amazon Alexa.
While Apple may hope that people buy into the idea of HomePod serving a different, more musical objective than its Amazon and Google rivals, people really like using their speakers for services beyond listening to music. Apple's new device is called HomePod, and it marries Apple's Siri digital assistant to a home speaker. But of course, it has Apple branding, so that's an early sign of its success.
Apple is also bringing the ability to send money to friends or other people through its payment service, Apple Pay.
Given that in recent quarters, Apple has struggled with tepid iPhone sales, it may be hoping that the HomePod will help fuel its revenue growth.