Tuesday, 20 February, 2018

Your can now preorder Apple's HomePod smart speaker for $349

Sonos takes aim at Apple by selling two of its speakers for the price of one HomePod Apple's HomePod enters smart speaker fray
| 27 January, 2018, 20:32

Apple's HomePod smart speaker is now available for pre-order from the Apple Store.

"[We] believe that demand for Amazon's own brand devices is having largely an additive effect on the overall wireless speaker market, particularly when you consider that the popular Echo Dot is often paired via Bluetooth to a better quality speaker".

Apple's HomePod only has built-in support for voice commands for one music service - Apple Music - and it only supports the paid version.

Apple touts that HomePod is more than just a smart speaker, saying it encompasses killer sound quality and seamless integration with iOS. Apple has said that those feature are "coming this year in a free software update". So if you have been looking for a good deal to pick up two Sonos One speakers, now is definitely the time to jump. This will mean that Apple should be listing the cable cord as an item in the box if it is separate from the HomePod itself.


Inside HomePod: tweeters, microphones and woofer (Photo: Apple)How does it look? And with Siri, HomePod can send a message, set a timer, play a podcast, check the news, sports, traffic and weather, and even control a wide range of HomeKit smart home accessories. So, get ready to pay an extra $10 per month if you want to listen to music on your HomePod the way Apple intended. It has Apple Music on its platform, it has integrated Alexa, and you can control Sonos from inside the Spotify app.

When it comes to making or receiving phone calls, you have to first make or accept the call on your phone, and then select the HomePod as a speakerphone.

Audio is just one component of a smart speaker, and while Siri can do a lot, it's limited when compared to Alexa and Google Assistant.

MacOS and Windows users who use iTunes can also stream music on their machines to the HomePod, and can even buy several and use them for multi-room. HomePod will be also available in France and Germany this spring. We'll walk you through what you need to know before you buy the HomePod and help you make the right decision for you. Google's equivalent, the Google Home Max, is only available in the United States, but its lower end Google Home speaker is £129. But nobody heard anything more about the HomePod until late November when Apple announced that the timing had slipped and that HomePod wouldn't come until after the holidays. The case and the cable are removable and user replaceable and the cable cord is colored to match the color of the smart speaker.

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