HomePod Overview Updated March 12, 2019

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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 March 12

How to enable VoiceOver on HomePod

VoiceOver is a useful feature for the visually impaired that tells you what’s happening on your device out loud. Fortunately, HomePod has the VoiceOver feature. Look below to learn how to enable VoiceOver on HomePod.

HomePod Stories February 19

Strategy Analytics is out today with a new report on smart speaker sales for the 2018 holiday quarter. The good news for Apple is that HomePod saw almost 50% QoQ growth, which is impressive for the premium smart speaker. The entire category saw its best quarter and year yet with just shy of 40 million units shipped for Q4 2018 and 86.2 million smart speakers sold across 2018.

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HomePod Stories February 5

According to the latest research study by CIRP, the HomePod holds a 6% share of the 66 million install base of smart speakers in the United States, or about 4 million units.

The HomePod stood its ground through the shopping season but continues to trail the Google Home and Amazon Echo offerings in market share, which offer a range of cheaper models.

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HomePod Stories February 2

Update: Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman refutes Gruber’s claims about HomePod and Apple TV. Gurman says he’s been told both are sold at a profit.

On this week’s episode of his podcast ‘The Talk Show,’ John Gruber shared some interesting details about Apple’s pricing of the Apple TV and HomePod. Citing a “reliable little birdie,” Gruber says that the Apple TV is actually sold at cost, whereas Apple sells the HomePod at a loss.

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HomePod Stories January 22

Two weeks after releasing the latest watchOS 5.1.3 developer beta, Apple is releasing its final version for consumers later today. The release notes only mention bug fixes, but we’ll update if anything notable is discovered on the new release. iOS 12.1.3 is also coming out to all customers.

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HomePod Stories January 17

Apple has announced today that HomePod will be available in China starting on Friday, January 18th. Apple teased last month that HomePod was coming to China in “early 2019,” but now we have an official release date.

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