The Apple HomePod has been on the news regularly ever since its inception was first declared by the company, and it appears that the vine is still rife with speculations. The latest trend of musings hinge on the possible ways in which music could be played on the HomePod speaker. Thankfully, Apple has recently cleared the confusion by divulging information on the compatible audio sources of the HomePod. And the key feature of the information is this: the HomePod does not have a regular Bluetooth support.
What does this mean?
No Bluetooth support of course means that it is not possible to ask the speaker to lay the songs through spoken commands. This does indeed seem surprising since the device comes with inbuilt Bluetooth 5.0 compatibility. So what does this mean who already have a subscription to Apple Music, but uses an Android phone? Well, tough luck if that is you, because no Bluetooth means you need an Apple device to be able to set it up with the Apple HomePod speaker. You actually need an Apple device that has the capacity to run iOS 11.2.5 or later, with 802.11 Wi-Fi Internet access, to be able to set it up with the HomePod speaker.
Which audio sources are compatible?
In their statement, Apple has also released the list of audio sources that are compatible with the HomePod. These include:
- Apple Music- if you have a subscription, you will be able to enjoy all the music features
- Beats 1 Live Radio
- iCloud Music Library- provided you have an iTunes Match or Apple Music subscription
- Songs bought off the iTunes store
You can also Airplay content to a number of Apple devices, such as the Mac, iPhone (5s, SE, 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6ss Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus, and iPhone X), iPad (mini 2, mini 3, mini 4, Air, Air 2, 5th generation, 9.7. inch iPad Pro, 10.5 inch iPad Pro, and 12.9 inch iPad Pro), iPod Touch (6th generation), and Apple TV. The HomePod is designed to work from inside the wall of Apple’s services and products; however, you will be able to play music from sources such as Spotify if you have iOS 11.2.5 or later enabled Apple devices. However, that does not mean that these other devices will have voice control through the HomePod.
What about the experience?
The Apple HomePod does promise an exquisite and unique listening experience. It comes with a set of seven horn-loaded tweeters, with an amplifier for each one. It also has a set of six microphones to recognize commands from a distantly located Siri, and a high excursion woofer with a customizable amplifier. Its inbuilt low frequency calibration microphone ensures bass correction to the finest degree possible. With all this, it can be expected that the HomePod will be the closest to bringing the concert home.
Also read: Apple HomePod Siri Commands
The Apple HomePod was scheduled to release two weeks back, but after the delay, it is finally available for pre-order. If all goes to plan, Apple will hopefully start on the deliveries on the 9th of February. But now that the statement vouchsafing an Apple-inclusive product has been released, it is likely that the company will lose out on a big chunk of its potential customer base. After all, it cannot be expected that current Android users still within their contract will just go and buy an Apple device simply to be able to use the HomePod. How this will affect overall sales is something only time will tell.