Apple’s HomePod, the innovative wireless speaker from Apple, It may be the first new Apple device since Apple Watch nearly three years ago, but for many of us, it’s not the must-have gadget we wanted it to be. Unless you’re specifically looking for a way to play Apple Music in your house, you’re probably thinking about whether to buy one. arrives in stores beginning Friday, February 9 and is available to order online this Friday, January 26 in the US, UK, and Australia. HomePod will arrive in France and Germany this spring.
- HomePod is designed to work with an Apple Music subscription for access to hundreds of genres, moods, and activities. In a convenient way to send messages, set timers, and reminders, check the weather and listen to shows on Apple Podcasts.
- With support for HomeKit, HomePod can control hundreds of home accessories or set scenes like, “Hey Siri, I’m home,” to control a number of different accessories at the same time. HomePod can turn on the lights, raise the shades, set the desired temperature or make other adjustments and serves as the perfect home hub, enabling remote access and automation.
- Through Sirikit, HomePod supports third-party messaging apps, so users can ask Siri to send a message to a friend or colleague using apps like WhatsApp.
- Users will be able to play music throughout the house with multi-room audio. If HomePod is in the kitchen, users can ask Siri to play jazz in the dining room or play the same song in each room — perfectly in sync.
Though it does require an iOS device to access Apple Music. So before you consider buying a HomePod, you’ll need to make sure you have the proper hardware: iPhone 5s or later, iPad Pro, iPad (5th generation), iPad Air or later, iPad mini 2 or later, or iPod touch (6th generation) running iOS 11.2.5 or later
Based on the first impressions, HomePod looks great and is easy to setup, but that the “sound produced does not immediately match up” to its £319/$349 prices. Well, what could we say about it? After All, it’s Apple we’re talking about.
Pricing and Availability
HomePod is available at an Apple retail price of $349 (US) in white and space gray in the US, the UK, and Australia and available to order beginning Friday, January 26, from apple.com and the Apple Store app.