Apple HomePod – Epic Sound, Adaptable, Siri Virtual Assistant
Available from Apple in early 2018 here, HomePod is a powerful speaker that sounds superb, adapts to its environment and includes Siri as your intelligent virtual assistant. If you sign up to Apple Music, you will also have access to one of the world’s largest music catalogs!
One of the coolest features about the HomePod is that the speaker senses the room in which it is placed. This futuristic device automatically analyzes the acoustics and adjusts the sound according to its placement in the room. Whether HomePod is against the wall, in the middle of the room, or on a shelf, everyone in the room will get an immersive listening experience.
Seven Tweeters For The Win
With its seven beamforming tweeters, HomePod provides amazing, high-fidelity sound from every angle. The tweeters precisely focus the sound from very narrow beams all the way into true, consistent 360º audio. With the beams aimed throughout the room, the tweeters create an immersive sense of space – no matter where HomePod is placed, or where you’re sitting.
The Apple A8 Chip
An Apple-designed A8 chip powers the most complex audio innovations in HomePod. Features such as real-time modeling of the woofer mechanics, faster-than-real-time buffering, echo cancellation and upmixing of both direct and ambient audio – these features are all made possible through the enhanced A8 chip.
Lower The Boom
HomePod possesses a high-excursion woofer with a custom amplifier to play a wide range of deep, rich bass. The diaphragm is driven a full 20mm by a powerful motor, which is impressive for a speaker this size. Also, the speaker utilizes an advanced algorithm to continuously analyze the music and dynamically react to the sound to tune the low frequencies for smooth, distortion-free sound.
Siri Knows Best
When used in conjuction with Apple Music, HomePod is a key part of an incredibly deep and intuitive music ecosystem. With Siri intelligence, you access virtually all of the world’s recordings and it’s like having a musicologist at your beck and call!
More Than Just a Speaker
With Siri at your side, HomePod isn’t just great at playing your music. The speaker can act as a hub for controlling your compatible smart home accessories (such as lights, doors, shades etc) and HomePod can also act as a helpful home assistant for everyday household questions and tasks. When successfully set up with Apple HomeKit, “Hey Siri, turn on the lights” is a certainly a pretty cool feature!
Currently planned for release early next year at a $349 price point, the HomePod not only looks sleek and provides amazing, immersive sound quality, it also possesses adaptive, spatial awareness and Siri intelligence to boot!