“We can’t wait for people to experience HomePod,” an Apple spokesperson told TechCrunch. “But we need a little more time before it’s ready for our customers. We’ll start shipping in the US, UK, and Australia in early 2018.”
With all the buzz surrounding
The sophistication of the technological design is part of what Apple believes will set it apart from the competition, meaning that the hardware of the HomePod (which audio buffs can read about in detail
But what really differentiates the HomePod is its musical capabilities. It works with Apple Music subscriptions to give users access to more than 40 million songs, connecting to iPods, iPhones, Apple Music libraries, and AirPods for complete musical integration between all your Apple products.
“Apple reinvented portable music with iPod and now HomePod will reinvent how we enjoy music wirelessly throughout our homes,”
The smart technology comes into play in several capacities. First, HomePod will be able to tailor itself to your musical preferences and suggest new songs thanks to its integration of Siri. HomePod can even deal with advanced searches (according to the press release, Siri will be able to answer questions as specific as “Hey Siri, who’s the drummer in this?”) and has added security measures that protect your information and musical choices from going to Apple servers unless you actually utter the phrase “Hey Siri.”
Listed at $349, HomePod is significantly more expensive than the Echo ($179) and Google Home ($129). While it does offer other home assistant capabilities —for example, it can send messages, turn on/off the lights, and give you updates on sports or the weather—Apple seems to justify the price difference based almost entirely on the superior audio quality of its HomePod.
Despite potential auditory benefits, the high price point and design of the HomePod has sparked more than a couple hilarious reactions on Twitter.
Originally published June 2017. Updated November 2017.
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