The new smart speaker will be on sale on February 9th, and it will cost $349.
Having an Apple Music subscription isn't the only necessity for the HomePod - if you want it to control your smart home, you also need gadgets that are HomeKit compatible.
Apple's hone audio solution was originally scheduled to launch in December ready for Christmas. Unfortunately for Apple, the HomePod doesn't appear to inspire the same insatiable lust that their smartphones do (which continue to be the top performing Apple products to date).
If you're one of Spotify's or Pandora's monthly active users, HomePod isn't offering you much - especially if you're a subscriber. Apple recently scoffed at Sonos, saying their products didn't have voice control or any type of echo assistants.
Luckily, the HomePod doesn't seem to be in extremely short supply.
HomePod combines Apple-engineered audio technology and advanced software to deliver the highest-fidelity sound throughout the room. The speaker features seven tweeters that are pointed inward and down.
With this connection in place it's also possible to create reminders and notes, as well as send messages and make calls over the HomePod speakers. A smart speaker is a dumb speaker if you have to use your phone and AirPlay 2 to stream music to it with Spotify. That's THREE speakers for just under $98USD more than ONE HomePod.
I get that Siri works best with Apple Music, but maybe it's time for Apple to open the digital assistant up and let it spread its wings.
Hopefully in time, Apple can get Siri up to par with those other two assistants, but for right now, buying the Siri-powered HomePod is a bit of a risky endeavor. Apple has designed the new HomePod from top to bottom, the main priority being the audio part. Taking the latter route is known to be a faster and smoother experience, especially if Apple has your credit card information on file. "It brings advanced audio technologies like beam-forming tweeters, a high-excursion woofer and automatic spatial awareness, together with the entire Apple Music catalogue and the latest Siri intelligence, in a simple, handsome design that is so much fun to use", said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. The Play 3's audio seemed higher-pitched and quieter in relation to the significantly bassier HomePod, in spite of the track being volume-matched, but, as I said previous year, it's hard to know how speakers sound properly until you listen outside of test conditions.