Tech giant Apple revealed a new smart speaker called the HomePod on Monday (June 5) in a move widely seen as a challenge to Amazon and Google in the smart home space. The announcement itself was a departure from the norm as well. Traditionally, Apple’s annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), where the HomePod was unveiled, is where the iPhone maker gives updates on its software.
As expected, there were updates on Monday at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center for Apple’s iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS for its mobile, computer, smartwatch and Apple TV devices respectively. But this year’s WWDC also had many hardware launches – refreshed versions of the iMac all-in-one desktops and MacBook Pros laptops, a new iMac Pro computer, a 10.5-inch iPad Pro and the show stealing HomePod smart speaker.