Alexa has dominated the smart home landscape over the past year with the Amazon Echo, taking over households around the globe with its voice-controlled smart assistant. But this may soon change with the launch of a competitor.

At Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers’ Conference (WWDC) conference that took place in San Jose, California this year, the tech giant revealed its Siri-based speaker, the Apple HomePod. With both Amazon and Google refining and adding more impressive functions to their voice-controlled home speakers, we think it’s about time Apple gets onboard.

The Apple HomePod, marketed as your own personal “musicologist” and boasting superior audio quality for music playback, is set to reinvent the way we listen to music at home. Design-wise, the HomePod definitely trumps its rivals. When compared to the Amazon Echo or Google Home, it is undeniably the most aesthetically pleasing of the bunch, with its seamless mesh fabric in white or black. This follows Apple’s iconic minimalist design seen in its gadgets and even the architecture of its stores worldwide.

It may be too early to say for now, but we believe the Apple HomePod will revolutionise the way we live — giving rise to the future of intelligent homes, and some incredible playlists.

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