Apple HomePod is the latest addition to the extraordinary gadgets provided by the tech giant. Tim Cook announced the “one last thing” on the Apple WWDC keynote 2017 last night and it was the HomePod.
Apple HomePod Important links and news
HomePod basically is a smart speaker but it’s way better than its competitors. Apple wants to reinvent the home music with this gadget, like it did the ‘music on the go’ with the iPod several years ago. Take a look at the quick intro video and then we’ll talk about its features, price and release date:
Apple HomePod Specs:
Size and Weight
• 6.8 inches high (172 mm)
• 5.6 inches wide (142 mm)
• 5.5 pounds (2.5 kg)
• High-excursion woofer with custom amplifier
• Array of seven horn-loaded tweeters, each with its own custom amplifier
• Six-microphone array for far-field Siri and room sensing
• Internal low-frequency calibration microphone for automatic bass correction
• Direct and ambient audio beamforming
• Transparent studio-level dynamic processing
• 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi‑Fi with MIMO
• Multiroom speaker support with AirPlay 23
Languages: English (Australia, UK, U.S.)
Colors: Space grey and white
Apple HomePod Features:
Rock the house
HomePod is just under 7 inches tall. It’s covered in a seamless 3D mesh fabric that has incredible acoustic properties. It hides beneath it amazing audio technology. On the bottom, there is a 7 beam-forming tweeter array packed. Each tweeter has their own individual driver. It has a big subwoofer facing upward with a large motor to move a lot of air. All of this is controlled by an Apple A8 chip. The same chip that powers the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. It is perhaps the biggest brain inside a speaker. A8 chip offers:
Real time acoustic modeling, audio beam-forming and multi channel echo cancellation. There is an LED waveform on the top of the speaker that animates with your words. This also indicates that Siri is listening to you. Apart from that, it is a touch panel and you can tap it to pause, play or adjust the volume.
Apart from that, the speaker has spatial awareness. What does that mean is wherever you place the speaker in your home, on a table, on a shelf, against the wall or in a corner, the speaker automatically detects the space its within. It uses that information to adjust the audio to balance it and take full advantage of the environment and create a very spacious sound.
HomePod is compatible with Apple Music. It is a wireless device and can access your full Apple Music library. HomePod has 6 microphone arrays so you can talk to it. You just have to say “Hey Siri” and then you can tell it to play your favorite track.
Apart from listening to music on it, you can use it as a home assistant too, pretty much like Amazon Echo. You can ask it to give you the latest news, ask for weather, traffic, sports etc. You can ask it to set a reminder, set a timer, text someone with messages. And if you’ve a HomeKit devices set up at your home, you can speak to your HomePod and control your devices. For eg. turn the lights on, turn the AC on, open the shades halfway, turn on the front yard sprinklers, close the blinds, dim the bedroom lights, play a movie etc.
Setting up a HomePod is pretty easy, you just have to hold your iPhone next to the HomePod. It supports iPhone 5S and up. You can even use two or more HomePods together for a better sound experience. It also keeps your privacy on priority. While it’s microphone are always ready to hear the ‘Hey Siri’ commands, it does not send any of your normal conversation to the Apple servers.
HomePod price and release date:
Update: Apple HomePod won’t be made available to buy in December this year. It has now been confirmed by Apple. Launch has been postponed till early next year. It was supposed to be launched in USA, UK and Australia in December 2017. However, it seems Apple is having delays in the manufacturing. It should be now available in January or February 2018. We’ll keep you updated. Here’s the statement from Apple:
“We can’t wait for people to experience HomePod, Apple’s breakthrough wireless speaker for the home, but we need a little more time before it’s ready for our customers. We’ll start shipping in the US, UK, and Australia in early 2018.”
Original story: This smart speaker will be available to buy In December in USA, UK and Australia. It will be released in other parts of the world in 2018. The speaker will be available in two colors: Space grey and white. Coming to the price point, as we all know, Apple products comes at a premium price. HomePod will cost you $349. As per Apple, HomePod is much affordable when you compare it with total price of a WiFi speaker ($300-$500) and a smart speaker ($100-$200).
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