HomePod, announced on Monday, will stream songs from Apple Music but also use smart assistant Siri to respond to voice commands.
'It will reinvent home audio, ' said Apple CEO Tim Cook. You can control the speaker with Siri by telling it what to play, marking favorites, and even asking it detailed questions about the music that's playing.
The device can also be used to send messages, get updates on news, sports and weather and control smart home devices connected using Apple's HomeKit.
Geoff Blaber, VP Research Americas, CCS Insight said: "It is little surprise that Apple has made a decision to launch a smart speaker".
Apple entered the growing field of voice-controlled speakers for the home on Monday (June 5), taking on early leaders Amazon.com and Google.
With Apple doing small things to make AI more visible and powerful across more of its devices, the company appears to be acknowledging people's continued use of impressively smart apps like Google Translate and the Google App. The natural comparison here is to "smart speakers" like the Amazon Echo and Google Home. While Siri was previously available on the Apple Watch, the assistant's ability to automatically show information was limited.
Apple has been rumoured to be developing its own mobile chip to handle machine learning tasks.
The conference is typically devoted to software updates and this year, Apple released a series of new features and updates for the iPhone, the iPad, Mac and the Apple Watch - including an augmented-reality kit for developers aimed at making the iPhone "the largest AR platform in the world". While the announcement was light on details, the partnership presumably means that Amazon will start selling the Apple TV in coming months.
High Sierra will be released later this year as a free update, according to Federighi.
To revive interest in its once-hot tablets, Apple is introducing a 10.5-inch iPad Pro with more storage, a better camera and room for a full-size keyboard. Set to start shipping in December, the tech conglomerate aims to outdo competitors with its already established technology called Siri, the personal assistant computer program integrated on most of Apple's iPhones.
Apple told the developers they were overhauling the App Store, giving it a fresh look, and beginning to add the floor plans of shops and airports to its mapping program.