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Apple HomePod Review: The Dumbest Smart Speaker?
Apple HomePod Review: The Dumbest Smart Speaker?
Published: 2018/02/16
Channel: Marques Brownlee
Apple HomePod review
Apple HomePod review
Published: 2018/02/06
Channel: The Verge
HomePod — Welcome Home by Spike Jonze — Apple
HomePod — Welcome Home by Spike Jonze — Apple
Published: 2018/03/06
Channel: Apple
HomePod Unboxing!
HomePod Unboxing!
Published: 2018/02/06
Channel: iJustine
What
What's inside Apple HomePod?
Published: 2018/02/12
Channel: What's Inside?
Apple HomePod Initial Review - Surprisingly GOOD!
Apple HomePod Initial Review - Surprisingly GOOD!
Published: 2018/02/06
Channel: Jonathan Morrison
1 Week with HomePod!
1 Week with HomePod!
Published: 2018/02/21
Channel: iJustine
Apple HomePod Review: 4 Months Later
Apple HomePod Review: 4 Months Later
Published: 2018/05/24
Channel: MacRumors
Apple HomePod: Unboxing & Review
Apple HomePod: Unboxing & Review
Published: 2018/02/17
Channel: DetroitBORG
HomePod Unboxing & Review! Both Colors
HomePod Unboxing & Review! Both Colors
Published: 2018/02/09
Channel: EverythingApplePro
Apple HomePod - Review
Apple HomePod - Review
Published: 2018/07/01
Channel: Mark Stapf
This is HomePod - Features and Review
This is HomePod - Features and Review
Published: 2018/02/06
Channel: iJustine
20+ HomePod Tips! [9to5Mac]
20+ HomePod Tips! [9to5Mac]
Published: 2018/02/16
Channel: 9to5Mac
Apple HomePod Explained - Everything you need to know!
Apple HomePod Explained - Everything you need to know!
Published: 2018/01/24
Channel: AppleInsider
Why YOU NEED a HomePod
Why YOU NEED a HomePod
Published: 2018/03/19
Channel: Apple World
AirPlay 2 for HomePod Review
AirPlay 2 for HomePod Review
Published: 2018/06/01
Channel: Rene Ritchie
How to get the most from HomePod — Apple Support
How to get the most from HomePod — Apple Support
Published: 2018/02/16
Channel: Apple Support
Apple HomePod Video Review: Big Sound With Big Buts
Apple HomePod Video Review: Big Sound With Big Buts
Published: 2018/02/06
Channel: Wall Street Journal
TEST HOMEPOD (mono / stéréo) : Pourquoi J
TEST HOMEPOD (mono / stéréo) : Pourquoi J'AIME et JE DÉTESTE !
Published: 2018/07/16
Channel: Guillaume Slash
Apple HomePod Review - 5 Months!
Apple HomePod Review - 5 Months!
Published: 2018/07/14
Channel: DeviceNet
Why Does the Apple HomePod Exist?
Why Does the Apple HomePod Exist?
Published: 2018/02/10
Channel: Austin Evans
Unexpected Apple HomePod Feature !!!!
Unexpected Apple HomePod Feature !!!!
Published: 2018/03/27
Channel: Sara Dietschy
iOS 11.4 HomePod features / changes - AirPlay 2 + Stereo Pairing!
iOS 11.4 HomePod features / changes - AirPlay 2 + Stereo Pairing!
Published: 2018/05/29
Channel: 9to5Mac
Apple HomePod "Real Review"
Apple HomePod "Real Review"
Published: 2018/02/10
Channel: Flossy Carter
Is The $350 HomePod Really THAT Good?
Is The $350 HomePod Really THAT Good?
Published: 2018/02/10
Channel: TechSmartt
Apple HomePod vs Gas Torch - What Will Happen?
Apple HomePod vs Gas Torch - What Will Happen?
Published: 2018/02/10
Channel: TechRax
NEW Apple HomePod - Unboxing + Review!
NEW Apple HomePod - Unboxing + Review!
Published: 2018/02/06
Channel: UrAvgConsumer
Apple HomePod vs Sonos One
Apple HomePod vs Sonos One
Published: 2018/03/01
Channel: The Verge
Apple HomePod Review | Painfully Honest
Apple HomePod Review | Painfully Honest
Published: 2018/02/10
Channel: PAINFULLY HONEST TECH
Apple HomePod Vs Google Home Max Vs Amazon Echo Plus - Who’s Best?
Apple HomePod Vs Google Home Max Vs Amazon Echo Plus - Who’s Best?
Published: 2018/02/10
Channel: UrAvgConsumer
SCAMMED by APPLE buying 2 HOME PODS!! (HomePod Review)
SCAMMED by APPLE buying 2 HOME PODS!! (HomePod Review)
Published: 2018/02/11
Channel: MarzBarVlogs
TESTED: Apple HomePod vs. Google Home Max - a PC Guy
TESTED: Apple HomePod vs. Google Home Max - a PC Guy's Perspective
Published: 2018/02/18
Channel: Linus Tech Tips
Siri vs Alexa vs Google Assistant - Smark Speaker Edition!
Siri vs Alexa vs Google Assistant - Smark Speaker Edition!
Published: 2018/03/06
Channel: AppleInsider
HomePod Review: Why the future looks bright! [9to5Mac]
HomePod Review: Why the future looks bright! [9to5Mac]
Published: 2018/03/09
Channel: 9to5Mac
Stereo HomePods sound INSANE | Hands-on review
Stereo HomePods sound INSANE | Hands-on review
Published: 2018/05/30
Channel: Erfon Elijah
Apple HomePod Unboxing and Review! (STEREO PAIR)
Apple HomePod Unboxing and Review! (STEREO PAIR)
Published: 2018/06/02
Channel: Ben Boxer
Worlds Best Wifi Speaker - APPLE HOMEPOD
Worlds Best Wifi Speaker - APPLE HOMEPOD
Published: 2018/02/09
Channel: Appsolutely Geek'D
HOMEPOD: SERÁ QUE PRESTA!?
HOMEPOD: SERÁ QUE PRESTA!?
Published: 2018/02/22
Channel: Loop Infinito
HomePod Party 😂
HomePod Party 😂
Published: 2018/02/11
Channel: iJustine
Apple HomePod Review
Apple HomePod Review
Published: 2018/02/13
Channel: Engadget
Apple HomePod mit Siri auf Deutsch und Stereo ausprobiert
Apple HomePod mit Siri auf Deutsch und Stereo ausprobiert
Published: 2018/06/03
Channel: Technikfaultier
Apple HomePod vs Bookshelf Speakers
Apple HomePod vs Bookshelf Speakers
Published: 2018/03/16
Channel: Joe N Tell
Apple HomePod : le TEST qualité audio ! (et TOUT savoir !)
Apple HomePod : le TEST qualité audio ! (et TOUT savoir !)
Published: 2018/06/18
Channel: PP World
Ganz anders als erwartet: HomePod (review)
Ganz anders als erwartet: HomePod (review)
Published: 2018/07/14
Channel: iKnowReview
J
J'ai acheté le nouveau HomePod d'Apple !
Published: 2018/07/03
Channel: QUENTIN
Stereo HomePods sound AMAZING! AirPlay 2 out NOW!
Stereo HomePods sound AMAZING! AirPlay 2 out NOW!
Published: 2018/05/29
Channel: AppleInsider
Test Apple HomePod : l
Test Apple HomePod : l'enceinte connectée ultime ?
Published: 2018/06/18
Channel: 01netTV
The HomePod Teardown! (This one gets destructive)😁
The HomePod Teardown! (This one gets destructive)😁
Published: 2018/02/12
Channel: iFixit Video
Apple HomePod is FINE!
Apple HomePod is FINE!
Published: 2018/02/12
Channel: Tailosive Tech
Der Apple HomePod im Test mit Kilian  | mobilcom-debitel
Der Apple HomePod im Test mit Kilian | mobilcom-debitel
Published: 2018/07/20
Channel: mobilcom debitel
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HomePod
Apple HomePod Wordmark.png
An Apple HomePod speaker .png
A white HomePod on display at WWDC 2017
Developer Apple Inc.
Manufacturer
Type Smart speaker
Release date
Introductory price US$349
CA$449
GB£319
A$499
Units sold 600,000
Operating system Custom
System-on-chip used Apple A8
MemoryGB LPDDR3 RAM
Storage 16 GB
Display 272 x 340 LED matrix
Sound 7 tweeters, 4-inch (10 cm) woofer, 6 microphones
Input Multi-touch screen, voice commands via Siri
Connectivity 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi‑Fi with MIMO
Bluetooth 5.0
Direct peer-to-peer access from iPhone 5S or later; iPad Pro, iPad (2017), iPad Air, iPad Mini 2 or later; or iPod Touch (6th generation); devices running iOS 11.2.5 or later[citation needed]
Dimensions 6.8 in × 5.6 in (170 mm × 140 mm)
Weight 5.5 lb (2.5 kg)
Website apple.com/homepod/

HomePod is a smart speaker developed by Apple Inc. It was announced on June 5, 2017,[2] at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference,[3] and originally scheduled for release in December 2017.[3] The release date slipped to "early 2018".[4][5][6] Apple ultimately began taking preorders on January 26 (having announced them three days earlier), and the first orders began arriving on February 9.[7] It was initially released in Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States and was released in Canada, France, and Germany on June 18, 2018.[8]. It is available in two colors: White and Space Gray.[9]

Specifications[edit]

The HomePod has a rounded, cylindrical shape, and has a small touchscreen on its top. It has seven tweeters in its base and a four-inch woofer (Apple does not specify Hz frequency range) towards the top, as well as six microphones used for voice control and acoustic optimization.[10][11][12]

The device runs an iOS variation known as "audioOS"[13] and features an Apple A8 system-on-chip.[11][12] It integrates Siri, which can be used to control the speaker and other HomeKit devices, and can be used to conduct text messaging and voice calls from an iPhone. The HomePod supports only proprietary Apple platforms and technologies, including Apple Music, iTunes Store purchases and Match, iTunes podcasts, Beats 1 radio, and AirPlay, while an iOS 11 device is required for initial setup. The HomePod does not officially support Bluetooth audio.[14][12] AirPlay 2 and multi-room, multi-speaker support was initially announced, but not included in the February 2018 release. Andrew Faden of Akamai has developed a solution he calls "BabelPod" to allow line in and bluetooth input to the HomePod through the use of a Raspberry Pi.[15]

Greenhouse gas emissions for the HomePod are 146 kg CO2e.[16]

Reception[edit]

The HomePod received mixed reviews. The review from The Verge praised the HomePod's automatic acoustic calibration system, and felt that it sounded "noticeably richer and fuller" than competitors such as the Sonos One (described as sounding "a little empty") and Google Home Max (described as being a "bass-heavy mess").[17] The review from Ars Technica stated that the sound quality of the HomePod was "pretty good, rich and full for its size, better than the Sonos One but probably not $150 better, [and] a galaxy ahead of the Echo."[18]

Its lack of support for third-party services and platforms was criticized,[12][18][17] with Ars Technica arguing that it gave the device "intense inflexibility".[18] Siri on the HomePod was also criticized for its limited functionality in comparison to assistants such as Alexa and Google Assistant; The Verge cited the inability to actually place phone calls from the speaker (they must be made on an iPhone and transferred to the HomePod), set multiple timers at once, or distinguish between multiple voices, and only supporting basic commands when using AirPlay, among other limitations.[17][12] Multiple reminders can be used in lieu of multiple timers, albeit with less precision than a timer.[19][20][21][22][23][24]

The Verge gave HomePod a 7.5 out of 10, arguing that it "does more to make music sound better than any other speaker of this kind has ever done before", but that consumers should consider other options "unless you live entirely inside Apple's walled garden and prioritize sound quality over everything else."[17] Wired shared similar criticisms over its lack of Siri functionality and support for third-party services, concluding that the HomePod would be of little interest to those who are not heavily invested in Apple's software and hardware ecosystem.[12]

It was reported by some owners that the HomePod's silicone base stained oiled wooden surfaces with a white "ring" mark.[25] Although Apple states that "it is not unusual for any speaker with a vibration-dampening silicone base to leave mild marks when placed on some wooden surfaces", and that the marks would eventually "improve" on its own, Stuart Miles (founder of the British technology blog Pocket-lint) reported that in his experience, the stain occurred after only about 20 minutes of use on a wooden surface, and that he had to sand and re-oil the surface to remove it.[26] John Gruber criticized Apple for this abnormality, remarking that he had never seen an Apple product damage surfaces in such a manner before, and that it "seems like an issue that should have been caught during the period where HomePod was being widely tested at home by many Apple employees."[27]

Sales[edit]

Strategy Analytics has estimated that 600,000 Homepods were sold in Q1 2018, making Apple the fourth best selling smart speaker brand after Amazon, Google and Alibaba, giving Apple a 6% market share in the industry.[28]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "HomePod will launch in Q4 this year in limited quantity". GSMArena.com. Archived from the original on 17 August 2017. Retrieved 17 August 2017. 
  2. ^ Gartenberg, Chaim (June 5, 2017). "Apple announces HomePod speaker to take on Sonos". The Verge. Archived from the original on June 5, 2017. Retrieved June 5, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "Meet Apple's Echo Rival, Homepod". Fortune. Archived from the original on November 17, 2017. Retrieved November 18, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Apple's HomePod delayed until next year". The Verge. Archived from the original on November 17, 2017. Retrieved November 17, 2017. 
  5. ^ Fingas, Jon (November 17, 2017). "Apple delays HomePod smart speaker until early 2018". Engadget. Archived from the original on November 18, 2017. Retrieved November 17, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Apple delays HomePod to 2018". CNET. Archived from the original on November 18, 2017. Retrieved November 17, 2017. 
  7. ^ "HomePod arrives February 9, available to order this Friday" (Press release). Apple Inc. Archived from the original on January 23, 2018. Retrieved January 23, 2018. 
  8. ^ Welch, Chris (May 29, 2018). "Apple's HomePod speaker launches in Canada, France, and Germany on June 18th". The Verge. Retrieved May 30, 2018. 
  9. ^ "Everything about HomePod". iMore. Archived from the original on June 20, 2017. Retrieved June 19, 2017. 
  10. ^ "This iFixit teardown shows the HomePod is built like a tank". The Verge. Archived from the original on February 12, 2018. Retrieved February 14, 2018. 
  11. ^ a b Ong, Thuy (July 31, 2017). "HomePod firmware reveals more secrets of Apple's smart speaker". The Verge. Archived from the original on September 4, 2017. Retrieved September 3, 2017. 
  12. ^ a b c d e f "HomePod Review: Only Apple Devotees Need Apply". Wired. Archived from the original on February 15, 2018. Retrieved February 14, 2018. 
  13. ^ "Leaked audio files reveal HomePod's cool UI sounds - Cult of Mac". 1 August 2017. Archived from the original on 22 March 2018. 
  14. ^ "Apple clarifies which audio sources are supported on HomePod speakers". Ars Technica. Archived from the original on February 15, 2018. Retrieved February 14, 2018. 
  15. ^ "BabelPod: Line-In and Bluetooth Input for HomePod". faden.me. Archived from the original on March 22, 2018. 
  16. ^ "HomePod Environmental Report" (PDF). Apple and the Environment. Apple Inc. January 26, 2018. Archived (PDF) from the original on February 16, 2018. 
  17. ^ a b c d "Apple HomePod review: locked in". The Verge. Archived from the original on February 13, 2018. Retrieved February 14, 2018. 
  18. ^ a b c "Apple's HomePod: Paying $350 for a speaker that says "no" this much is tough". Ars Technica. Archived from the original on February 14, 2018. Retrieved February 14, 2018. 
  19. ^ Dr. Drang (February 15, 2018). "Friendly reminders". And now it’s all this. leancrew. Archived from the original on March 9, 2018. Retrieved April 10, 2018. 
  20. ^ Dr. Drang (February 17, 2018). "Timers, reminders, alarms — oh, my!". And now it’s all this. leancrew. Archived from the original on February 26, 2018. Retrieved April 10, 2018. 
  21. ^ Gruber, John (February 26, 2018). "Timers, Reminders, and Alarms on Apple Devices". Daring Fireball. Archived from the original on April 11, 2018. Retrieved April 10, 2018. 
  22. ^ Mark, Dave (February 28, 2018). "Timers, reminders, alarms—oh, my!". The Loop. Archived from the original on April 11, 2018. Retrieved April 10, 2018. 
  23. ^ "How to deal with Apple's inconsistent alerts system". Lifehacker. Archived from the original on April 11, 2018. 
  24. ^ Heer, Nick. "Timers, Reminders, and Alarms — Pixel Envy". pxlnv.com. Archived from the original on April 11, 2018. 
  25. ^ "Apple's HomePod speakers mark wood". BBC News. February 14, 2018. Archived from the original on February 14, 2018. Retrieved February 14, 2018. 
  26. ^ "Apple HomePod review: The smart sounding speaker that's just not smart enough - Pocket-lint". www.pocket-lint.com. Archived from the original on March 22, 2018. 
  27. ^ Gruber, John (February 14, 2018). "HomePod Can Damage Wood Furniture". Daring Fireball. Archived from the original on March 22, 2018. Retrieved March 21, 2018. 
  28. ^ "Strategy Analytics: Amazon's Global Smart Speaker Share Falls Below 50% in Q1 2018 as Competition Heats Up". Retrieved 2018-05-18. 

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