HomePod Overview Updated November 13, 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 November 13

U: Expired – Beat the lines and get Apple’s HomePod at Black Friday prices now: $249 (Reg. $349)

This offer has now expired.

B&H Photo is offering the Apple HomePod at $249 shipped in both colors. There are limited quantities at this price, so act fast to lock in your savings. Normally $349, this is a $100 discount and beats Apple’s certified refurbished pricing (and is in new condition). This is one of the lowest prices we’ve ever tracked on the HomePod. We’re expecting to see it go for $250 during Black Friday sales at Best Buy, so shop now and beat the lines. Apple’s HomePod is perfect for the HomeKit enthusiast and someone fully enveloped into the Apple ecosystem.

HomePod Stories November 9

One of the key features of Apple’s HomePod speaker is the beamforming technology used to adjust the sound output to the shape of the room, and using those same microphones for a neat Siri trick. By cancelling out the music output, Siri commands can be easily heard by the speaker even when it is blasting out music at full volume.

A new Apple patent application, published today, suggests that Apple may be seeking to use the same basis of that beamforming tech in its rumored over-ear headphones, to achieve two things …

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HomePod Stories November 6

CIRP: HomePod marketshare steadily growing, still behind Amazon and Google

HomePod was released earlier this year and has seen steady growth since. While we don’t expect massive sales anytime soon, mostly due to its high price point, the overall smart speaker market is still developing and will need time before any manufacturer will start seeing mass market adoption.

HomePod Stories November 2

How to use gesture controls on HomePod

HomePod’s primary interface is by using voice with Siri. However, sometimes it’s simply more convenient to go up to HomePod and control it with the touch surface. Follow along to learn how to use gesture controls on HomePod.

HomePod Stories October 26

Alongside iPhone XR, Apple has today released HomePod in Mexico and Spain. With that, HomePod now officially supports Spanish, the first language outside of variations of English supported on the smart speaker. However, it looks like Apple isn’t going to stop there.

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HomePod Stories October 25

How to disable location services on HomePod

While Apple doesn’t give a great explanation why HomePod might use it, location services on the device is enabled by default. Follow along to learn how to disable location services on HomePod.

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