Apple has finally presented the highly-anticipated Siri Speaker called HomePod. Here’s all you need to know about Apple’s latest device.
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A Smart Speaker designed for your Home
Apple’s smart speaker HomePod brings the best music experience to your living room. It comes with 7 speakers and a woofer to produce crisp sound.
HomePod is the most powerful smart speaker on the market in terms of hardware. Thanks to its dedicated sensors, it can intelligently adapt to any environment.
Although HomePod will focus mainly on Music, it also acts as a hub for Siri. You can access news, weather, set reminders and alarm, etc. You can, for example, tell Siri that you like a certain and it will automatically select songs based on your taste.
HomePod can also listen to all your requests from anywhere in the room. With Home Automation and music, Siri is all set to become the ultimate Home Assistant.
This new smart speaker has impeccable audio quality as well.
Powerful Hardware and a Feature-rich Design
HomePod’s design clearly takes inspiration from the Mac Pro. It has a cylindrical design with mesh fabric all around it which feels very premium.
On the top section, we have a surface that lights up whenever you interact with Siri.
The smart speaker has an array of seven tweeters at the bottom designed to produce outstanding audio quality.
It comes with an integrated Apple A8 processor that promises seamless performance. For the uninitiated, A8 is the processor used in iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus.
This powerful processor offers acoustic modeling and multichannel echo cancellation in real time.
Here’s a complete list of Apple HomePod technical specifications.
HomePod Technical Specifications
- 172 mm high
- 142 mm wide
- 2.5 kg
- Space Gray
- High-frequency speaker with custom amplifier.
- 7 audio outputs with their own amplifier.
- 6 microphones for the reception of Siri sensors.
- Microphone with low-frequency internal calibration.
- Automatic bass correction.
- Direct/ambient beamforming.
- Studio-grade dynamic processing.
- A8 Processor
- AirPlay 2
HomePod is not a portable device, you must connect it to a power outlet to use it.
Siri, Apple’s digital assistant, is an integral part of HomePod. It will be ready to perform anytime thanks to 6 microphones present in the speaker.
You can use Siri to control music and perform other functions available on iPhone and iPad. You can get answers to your questions, searches, set alarms and reminders, translations, get traffic or weather information, and use HomeKit, the home automation module of Apple.
Apple hasn’t shed any light on the 3rd-party music services compatible with HomePod. It is not yet known that Spotify, Google Music or other streaming services are compatible.
As for privacy, your data stays private because Siri does not collect any data. It is only activated when you say “Hey Siri”. All conversations are carried out with an anonymous Session ID and are encrypted.
Price and Availability
With the release of HomePod, Apple intends to compete with Google Home and Amazon Echo in the smart speaker market.
Apple HomePod will cost $349, which is way more expensive than Amazon Echo ($179) and Google Home ($129).
It will come in 2 colors – space gray and black.
HomePod will make its debut in December 2017 in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia. Apple enthusiasts in other countries will have to wait until 2018 to get their hands on it.
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