At its World Wide Developer Conference in San Jose Monday, Apple (AAPL) - known for arriving fashionably late - announced its presence with some authority by unveiling HomePod, which will be powered by its Siri voice assistant.
Another disadvantage it has is that music support only comes from Apple Music.
HomePod is backed by Apple Music, which contains a library of songs from over two million artists. It also needs to have "spatial awareness" to make the music sound good no matter the room size.
To be available on the market in December this year, the compact wireless speaker has some identical functions offered by similar products made by other companies, such as Amazon Echo, but promises to produce sound with higher quality.
HomePod will be available for $349 (US) in white and space grey starting in December initially in Australia, the United Kingdom and the US.
It can do the usual list of tasks we've come to expect from smart speakers, though it appears to have minimal third-party integration. The HomePod won't be coming before the end of this year and will carry a price tag of $349 ( Approx Rs 22,500). It is also compatible with Apple's HomeKit, allowing users to control connected home devices with speech.
Overall control of the HomePod can be maintained from the Home app, and Apple also revealed users will be able to pair their phone with HomePod by holding it next to the speaker.