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Apple HomePod available for preorder 26th January

HomePod coming but with some key features

Hot on the heels of the speculation about the Apple HomePod, Apple has announced that its HomePod smart speaker will arrive on February 9th. Customers can order the device online starting Friday, January 26th in the US, UK, and Australia from the Apple Store

Whilst the HomePod smart speaker goes on sale this Friday, Apple is still keeping tightly lipped on what third-party app support will be included from day one. The HomePod speaker has been made with Apple music and Siri in mind, but users of services like Spotify may want to use the HomePod, but right now its unknown.

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At WWDC, Apple showed off multiroom audio and stereo support and both of these features are showing coming later this year on the HomePod product page. The absence of these 2 features on the HomePod suggests that this may be the reason for the delay and Apple have decided to delay these features rather than continue to delay the HomePod itself

Apple HomePod Design

HomePod Design

Apple has opted for a cylindrical design for the HomePod. Available in either white or Space Grey, the HomePod stands just under 7 inches tall, and is covered almost head to toe in a “seamless 3D mesh fabric”.

There’s space at the top for the Siri interface, a small screen that lights up with a Siri waveform when he or she is assisting you with something.

● Packed with Apple-engineered audio technology, HomePod uses advanced software for real-time acoustic modelling, audio beam-forming, echo cancellation and more, powered by Apple’s A8 chip, delivering a wide, spacious soundstage. Using spatial awareness to sense its location in the room, it automatically adjusts the audio to sound great wherever it is placed.
● HomePod features a large, Apple-designed woofer for deep, clean bass, a custom array of seven beam-forming tweeters that provide pure high-frequency acoustics with directional control, and powerful technologies that preserve the richness and intent of original recordings. With an array of six microphones, HomePod can hear “Hey Siri” from across the room, even when loud music is playing.
● Setup is as easy and intuitive as setting up AirPods — simply hold an iPhone next to HomePod and it’s ready to start playing music in seconds. The Siri waveform appears on the top to indicate when Siri is engaged, and integrated touch controls also allow easy navigation.Apple has opted for a cylindrical design for the HomePod. Available in either white or Space Grey, the HomePod stands just under 7 inches tall, and is covered almost head to toe in a “seamless 3D mesh fabric”.There’s space at the top for the Siri interface, a small screen that lights up with a Siri waveform when he or she is assisting you with something.

Apple has opted for a cylindrical design for the HomePod. Available in either white or Space Grey, the HomePod stands just under 7 inches tall, and is covered almost head to toe in a “seamless 3D mesh fabric”.

There’s space at the top for the Siri interface, a small screen that lights up with a Siri waveform when he or she is assisting you with something.

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Apple MusicHome

HomePod is designed to work with an Apple Music subscription for access to hundreds of genres, moods and activities. It also learns preferences and tastes that are shared across devices. Using Siri to deliver deep knowledge of artists, songs, albums and more, HomePod can handle advanced searches within Apple Music’s catalog, so users can ask questions like, “Hey Siri, when was this song released?” or “Hey Siri, can you play something totally different?” to change the mood.

HomePod Apple Music

Siri Home Assistant

HomePod is a convenient way to send messages, set timers and reminders, check the weather and listen to shows on Apple Podcasts. The latest business news, headlines and sports updates stream directly to HomePod from NPR, CNN, ESPN and others. HomePod can also be used as a speakerphone with iPhone for crisp and clear audio quality.

Apple HomePod Siri assistant
With support for HomeKit, HomePod can control hundreds of home accessories or set scenes like, “Hey Siri, I’m home,” to control a number of different accessories at the same time. HomePod can turn on the lights, raise the shades, set the desired temperature or make other adjustments and serves as the perfect home hub, enabling remote access and automation.

Apple HomePod Multi-room audio

Despite the delay of the Apple HomePod the multi-room audio and stereo feature is coming this year in a free software update, users will be able to play music throughout the house with multi-room audio. If HomePod is in the kitchen, users can ask Siri to play jazz in the dining room, or play the same song in each room — perfectly in sync. If there’s more than one HomePod set up in the same room, the speakers can be set up as a stereo pair for an even more immersive sound experience.

Apple HomePod Pricing and availability

HomePod is available at an Apple retail price of $349 (US) in white and space grey in the US, UK and Australia and available to order beginning Friday, January 26, from apple.com and the Apple Store app.

Apple HomePod Price UK

HomePod will be available in Apple Stores and at select Apple Authorized Resellers, including Best Buy in the US; Argos, Dixons Carphone (Currys PC World), John Lewis, Shop Direct (Very and Littlewoods), EE and Apple Premium Resellers in the UK; and The Good Guys, Harvey Norman, JB Hi-Fi, Myer and Telstra in Australia, beginning Friday, February 9. HomePod will be available in France and Germany this spring.

Apple HomePod compatibility

HomePod is compatible with iPhone 5s or later, iPad Pro, iPad Air or later, iPad mini 2 or later, or iPod touch (6th generation) with iOS 11.2.5 or later.

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