Apple HomePod is the newest speaker from Apple and to enter into the market sharing spaces of the Amazon Echo, the Google Home, the Sonos One, and every other smart speaker out there with a built-in voice assistant. Apple confirmed the price tag for HomePod is $349. HomePod has been in development for the past six years and that it’s entirely focused on sound quality.
The HomePod’s power cord (single, two-prong power cord) is built in and wrapped in fabric, and on top and can plug into any standard outlet. The cord isn’t detachable as the HomePod doesn’t have a battery onboard. There are LED-backlit volume buttons and a “display” that isn’t really a display at all .
At the top of the speaker, you’ll find a touch display. It isn’t a screen, so it can’t display high-res text or video content like other competitors in the market.
The Touch and hold the center of the HomePod display to get Siri’s attention without having to say, “Hey, Siri.” A familiar, blue-green-purple LED status indicator will begin to glow on the display to let you know Apple’s voice assistant is listening.
The HomePod is actually contains eight speakers, all controlled by Apple’s own A8 processor and custom software. Apple’s HomePod has seven tweeters, all placed in the bottom of the speaker. There is also a total of seven microphones: six around the middle for Siri, and a seventh inside that measures the location of that woofer so Apple can precisely control the bass.
You’ll need an iOS device for this. The HomePod and Apple’s Home app don’t work on Android phones or tablets
You can’t use Siri to play something on an Apple TV, as both Google and Amazon’s assistants can do with their respective TV devices. It’s also very inconvenient to use the HomePod as a TV speaker: you can set an Apple TV to AirPlay to it. There’s no way to get other TV sources like a PlayStation or your cable box to play out of the HomePod at all. You can have more review ccomments on the below from verge.
Recently TechInsight’s executive mentioned like, Apple may be planning to cover up the small margin by selling the speakers in volume.
For those still unaware, Apple sells its flagship smartphone, iPhone X at 64% margin. The iPhone 8 on the other hand is being operated at 59% margin.
Recently it was revealed that to fix a Homepod, users will have to shed $279. This is just $70 less than the cost of the speaker itself. But if you already have AppleCare+, getting the speaker fixed won’t cost you a thing, at least for two years from its original purchase date.