HomePod Overview Updated August 14, 2018


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At its Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple officially took the wraps off of its oft-rumored speaker in the form of HomePod. The device acts as a standalone way for users to interact with Siri, play music, and more. Tim Cook touts this as Apple’s effort to “reinvent home music” just as it did with products like the iPod.

Prior to announcing Apple’s product, Phil Schiller explained that Apple has worked to take what companies like Sonos and Amazon have done and create a “breakthrough home speaker.”

Schiller explained that a successful speaker must “rock the house,” have “spatial awareness,” and “be a musicologist.”

To offer strong sound quality, the HomePod features a 7 tweeter array with precision acoustic horns and directional control. There’s also an Apple-designed 4-inch woofer and it’s powered by Apple’s A8 chip. It measures in at just under 7-inches tall and features a mesh design.

Here’s how Apple describes HomePod:

HomePod is a powerful speaker that sounds amazing, adapts to wherever it’s playing, and together with Apple Music, gives you effortless access to one of the world’s largest music catalogs. All controlled through natural voice interaction with Siri. It takes the listening experience to a whole new level. And that’s just the beginning.

HomePod will be available in White and Space Gray for $349 in December.

HomePod Stories August 14

A new report from Strategy Analytics offers up a look at estimated HomePod sales for the quarter ending in June. While this data lines up with what we heard from CIRP earlier this month as far as market share, the analysts’ sales estimations vary by over 1M units.

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One of the complaints many of us have about HomePod in particular is that it only supports a single user. So if anyone in the home asks HomePod to read their text messages, for example, Siri will always read those for the Apple ID used during set up …

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HomePod Stories August 7

HomePod: How to turn off listening history

HomePod is a fantastic speaker for playing music, whether it be via Apple Music or AirPlay through a third-party service such as Spotify. However, there’s a fairly big issue with using HomePod with Apple Music, which is that HomePod doesn’t have voice profiles.

HomePod Stories August 2

Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) estimates that Apple has sold three million HomePods in the US, and has a ‘small but meaningful’ market share …

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HomePod Stories August 1

HomePod: How to get the official Apple user guide for free

Whether you’re new to HomePod, or just enjoy having the official user guide from Apple as a reference, having it on hand can be useful for yourself in addition to helping others.

HomePod Stories July 30

Currently, if you want to use HomePod to make a phone call you have to either dial or answer a call on your iPhone, then select your HomePod as the audio output device for the call, you can’t initiate or answer a call using HomePod.

Apple didn’t announce any new features for HomePod during its WWDC keynote this year, but the audio accessory is likely to gain some new features when iOS 12 is released to everyone in September.

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