HomePod Overview Updated January 16, 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 Yesterday

How to play vinyl with AirPlay or Bluetooth to HomePod, headphones, and more

In the age of digital media, users may sometimes forget what it was like with physical media formats, specifically with audio. Through the years we’ve had CD, cassette, digital, and vinyl. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to play vinyl through something like your Bluetooth headphones, modern speakers, or even HomePod?

We’ve scoured the web and have done extensive testing just for our readers. Here are the best ways to play vinyl through a digital audio source.

HomePod Stories January 14

Apple Music is no longer allowing subscribers to play different music on a HomePod and iPhone without a family account.

Previously, it was possible to have HomePod playing one music stream while you listened to a different one on your iPhone …

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HomePod Stories January 13

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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HomePod Stories December 27, 2018

Ever since the Apple Watch, I’ve used a diary format to track my experience of Apple products over time. A conventional review represents a one-off take on a product at the time it’s written, but product diaries of my Apple devices provided a much more rounded perspective – from pre-purchase expectations through established use.

Unsurprisingly, I generally have plenty to say in the early stages, and less as time goes on. But as we approach the end of the year, I thought it would be useful to provide a roundup of my current view of each – as well as a look at how Apple might persuade me to upgrade next year …

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HomePod Stories December 24, 2018

HomePod glitter bomb video was partly staged – but without his knowledge, says creator

A video showing package thieves being caught out by a glitter bomb in a HomePod box quickly went viral – but it’s now been revealed that some of the footage was staged …

HomePod Stories December 20, 2018

It’s funny to think about HomePod as a product that wasn’t with us this time last year, but Apple’s smart speaker didn’t hit the market until February 9 after missing its original December 2017 launch window. In the 10 months since HomePod debuted, the smart speaker has steadily gained new features and found new fans alike.

While the future roadmap for HomePod isn’t being broadcasted by Apple, we can look back at HomePod’s progress so far and see that Apple’s smart speaker is steadily becoming more capable — even if HomePod isn’t matching the pace of feature rollouts of other smart speakers.

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