Apple HomePod smart speaker to arrive Feb. 92018-01-23 15:17 by Daniela
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HomePod, the innovative wireless speaker from Apple, arrives in stores beginning 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.
With a Mac Pro-like cylindrical design, the HomePod is under 7 inches tall in a 3D mesh acoustic fabric. In addition to the A8 chip, it has 7 tweeters and a dynamic modeling subwoofer.
"HomePod is a magical new music experience from Apple. It brings advanced audio technologies like beam-forming tweeters, a high-excursion woofer and automatic spatial awareness, together with the entire Apple Music catalog and the latest Siri intelligence, in a simple, beautiful design that is so much fun to use,” said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.
"We're so excited for people to get HomePod into their homes, apartments and businesses to hear it for themselves. We think they will be blown away by the audio quality. The team has worked to give Siri a deeper knowledge of music so that you can ask to play virtually anything from your personal favorites to the latest chart-topping releases, simply by saying 'Hey Siri.'"
HomePod is primarily a music accessory, and its voice controls only work with Apple Music: Like the rest of Apple's products, the HomePod is locked into the company's own services, meaning you can't use the speaker to its full potential unless you're an Apple Music subscriber.
Spotify, Pandora, Amazon, Google Play, and the rest will technically work with HomePod, but you'll have to beam the music to the speaker from your iPhone using AirPlay, which isn't as good or as natural as using voice controls.
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