Apple finally released their highly anticipated smart speaker HomePod which after two weeks we’ve done a full review on that you can find here.
HomePod has a nice amount of weight to it and appears to be extremely well built.
The outer layer of the speaker has a soft mesh layer that is sound acoustic approved along with a six microphone array.
The device is 6.8″ inches high, 5.6″ inches wide weighs 5.5 ponds and is available in space gray or white.
HomePod has a high excursion woofer with a custom amplifier along with direct and ambient audio beam forming.
The available audio sources for HomePod are:
- Apple Music1
- iTunes Music Purchases
- iCloud Music Library with an Apple Music or iTunes Match subscription
- Beats 1 Live Radio
- Apple Podcasts
- AirPlay other content to HomePod from iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV, and Mac
In terms of accessibility HomePod offers VoiceOvers and Touch Accommodations for people with disabilities
HomePod features the quick bluetooth 5.0 standard which is surprising since it isn’t a dedicated bluetooth speaker.
The system requirements are:
- 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
Apple Music subscription is suggested for full music functionality and also some knowledge of how to use AirPlay.
We made an in depth review video of the HomePod where we cover everything we do and don’t like about it, we’ve embedded the video down below.
Just to quickly touch basis on some of the things we noticed that we do and don’t like about the device:
We don’t like the fact that it’s not a bluetooth speaker because it very well could have been however Apple engineered the speaker the way they did to increase Apple Music subscription.
The next thing we don’t like is the price, HomePod cost $359 which we think is a bit high for not having a great personal assistant (Siri).
Apple is already rumored to be working on a HomePod Mini with a lower price tag which I think will be a hit.
The last thing that we didn’t like was there isn’t currently support for two HomePods for monitor speaker use or just stereo sound in general.
Apple stated that stereo support will come soon with the release of AirPlay 2 however its not available now.
Be sure to check out our video review above to find out all the things we do like and also we have some advice for Apple on how to create a better HomePod in version two and also be sure to check us out on social media.
For more tips and tricks on how to make better use of your Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple Watch, or Apple TV, be sure to visit the “How-to” section of our website.