Apple released the HomePod firmware and developers have wasted no time sifting through the code. According to reports, the device is known as "AudioAccessory1,1" and features an app called SoundBoard to control its internal hardware components. For the time being, it appears as though the HomePod will not support third-party apps.
UPDATE: The Apple HomePod launches on February 9, 2018. Apple will accept pre-orders starting on Friday, January 26.
Apple has not specified a release day or window for pre-orders, however the device is expected to launch in time for the holiday shopping season.
The Apple HomePod combines a powerful, intelligent speaker system with the Siri personal assistant and HomeKit compatibility. The device offers seamless Apple Music access and AirPlay 2.