The plump, cylindrical, sensible speaker was initially slated to be launched in late 2017, however Apple delayed the launch final November saying, “We want a bit extra time earlier than it is prepared for our clients.” At the moment, the corporate introduced that it’s lastly able to ship. HomePod preorders begin on-line this Friday, January 26 within the US, UK and Australia, whereas France and Germany will get the gadget within the spring.
HomePod will likely be among the many costliest sensible audio system available on the market. Its closest opponents are the Amazon Echo ($100), Google House ($129) and the Sonos One ($199). Like different sensible audio system, HomePod acknowledges voice instructions for sensible house management, climate, timers, information, and normal data. You may use “Hey Siri” with HomePod, as you’ll together with your telephone.
In the course of the product’s unveiling on the Worldwide Builders Convention final June, the corporate touted the gadget with phrases like “high-excursion woofer,” “seven-tweeter array” and “360-degree audio.”
HomePod has different audiophile-friendly options, too. The espresso can-sized speaker can detect its location in a room and robotically regulate its output to optimize sound based mostly on the place it’s (for instance, if it had been on a bookshelf in opposition to a wall versus on a espresso desk in the course of the room).
Like Sonos, HomePod has multi-room audio capabilities by means of AirPlay 2, Apple’s new wi-fi audio platform. This implies HomePod will likely be suitable with third-party AirPlay 2 audio system as nicely.
Amazon and Google’s choices, in the meantime, are extra noteable for the voice assistant software program that powers them, and fewer for the constancy of their audio system (you may, nonetheless, join each the Echo and House to exterior audio outputs by way of Bluetooth or, for the smaller Echo Dot and House Mini, auxiliary cable).
A $10 per thirty days Apple Music subscription can be required to request music by means of HomePod.