While the HomePod is yet ot make its way into the hands of customers, its set up process has now been detailed. Similar to the AirPods, the HomePod will also feature a proximity-based setup process.
This means that you can start the process of pairing your iPhone with the HomePod by simply bringing the two devices in close proximity to each other. This will lead to a card popping up on your iPhone prompting you to set up your new HomePod. You can then proceed to pair the HomePod with your iPhone through two different ways: using a passcode or automatically through a special tone.
In the first method, you will have to enter a passcode on your iPhone that will be dictated by Siri on the HomePod. The second process is automatic under which the HomePod produces a special sound that is picked up by your iPhone. After this, you will have to add the HomePod to your HomeKit setup and select the appropriate room where you have placed it. Your iCloud and iTunes account details will also be automatically imported to the HomePod from your iPhone.
Under iOS 11.3, you will also be prompted to set up your HomePod as a part of a stereo system. However, multi-room audio/AirPlay 2 support in HomePods will be missing at launch and will be added in a future software update releasing in spring 2018.
It is important to note that your iCloud account must have two-factor authentication and Keychain enabled so that you can set up your HomePod. This is a nice security move from Apple and will ensure that no one else can easily set up your HomePod with their iPhone.
The new proximity-based setup process that Apple first debuted with the AirPods is also super intuitive and will make it a breeze for HomePod owners to set up their smart speakers in seconds.