Apple Homepod comes to the UK
Available to customers in the UK from 9th February, the Apple Homepod is the latest launch in the smart home speaker market. At £319, the Homepod is punchier in price than most smart speakers on the market. And with Amazon having led the way with the Echo and now in the second generation of a number of their Alexa devices, alongside the Google Home, released late last year, what can the Homepod do differently and how will it stand out in the market?
We take a look…
The Homepod seems to have been designed as a music speaker primarily, with smart home features coming secondary. Described by Apple as featuring ‘Apple-engineered audio technology and advanced software to deliver the highest-fidelity sound throughout the room’, the Homepod has a high-excursion woofer, custom amplifier, seven beamforming tweeters (each with its own amplifier and transducer) and a precision acoustic horn all contained with its seamless mesh coating. The Homepod’s capabilities as a speaker also claim to improve the quality of sound from track to track – with an advanced algorithm that continuously analyses the music being played, dynamically tuning low frequencies for a smoother, more immersive sound.
When it comes to choosing your music, Apple have thought of that too. The Homepod allows you to access and play music from Apple Music with a little help from Siri. With the ability to select tracks, pause, skip tracks etc by both touch and voice, the HomePod also claims to be able to learn your musical preferences.
So what about other features? Using the “Hey Siri” command, you‘re able to make and receive calls, send texts etc. Completing simple tasks such as setting timers and creating lists is also easy via the Homepod, as is accessing information such as the news, the weather forecast etc.
What about controlling other devices in your home? The future is smart and Apple are already well underway with planning and developing their range of Apple Homekit enabled accessories. The plan is that the Homepod will link all Apple Homekit enabled devices and accessories, giving you the power to control your home with simple voice commands.
Apple has also announced plans for more than one Homepod to be able to connect to each other – giving you the option of playing the same music throughout your home.
Like any device created by Apple, looks are important with the Homepod. Available in white and space grey, the Homepod offer the sleek design you’d expect from Apple. At under 18 centimetres tall, the Homepod is designed to fit anywhere within the home.
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