Apple has introduced a software update for HomePod just ahead of WWDC 2018 that will bring features such as AirPlay 2 or multi-room audio and iMessages in iCloud.
Portal Communications has filed a lawsuit against Apple for alleged infringement of three patents related to natural language voice query systems.
Apple Music is set to overtake its rival Spotify music streaming services in the US with a growth rate of five per cent a month versus Spotify's 2 %.
Taking on Amazon and Google, Apple has announced that it will release the HomePod on Feb 9 and the pre-orders for the device will start from Jan 26 in the US.
Apple said on Tuesday it will start taking online orders for its HomePod smart speaker, a device that will use its Siri voice assistant, on Friday.
Apple Inc has jumped into the voice speaker wars with the HomePod smart speaker, a device that will use its Siri voice assistant against offerings from Amazon and Google.
:After facing a significant delay, Apple's smart hi-fi speaker HomePod will be ready for release in the next 4-6 weeks and compete with Amazon's smart speaker Echo.
Apple has delayed the launch of its smart home speaker HomePod until 2018 and reportedly said that it needed more time to work on it.
Aiming to regain the top spot in smart speaker space, Amazon is working on a new flagship Echo speaker that will be slimmer and better than its predecessor.
With Amazon Echo and Google Home dominating the voice-activated device game, iPhone users are now showing more interest in Apples wireless home speaker Homepod.