Apple started selling its first smart speaker, the HomePod, earlier this year. And while the device’s sound performance was heralded all over the place, one of its major drawbacks for many reviewers and users was tied specifically to the company’s digital personal assistant, Siri.
The release of HomePod has sparked quite a debate in online forums and among passionate Apple followers. It is about whether the HomePod’s excellent music quality makes up for its lack of smartness. Many people have dismissed the HomePod due to Siri’s limited integration with third-party services. Instead, they prefer the Google Home or Amazon Echo despite these speakers not delivering sound quality anywhere close to that of the HomePod.
Apple has relied on new devices, and a heavily redesigned iPhone, to spice up its lineup recently, but it looks like at least one of those new creations might not be flying off the shelves.
When Apple launched the HomePod, its smart speaker, to compete with Amazon Echo and Google Home, it was quite clear that Apple was focusing on sound quality rather than Siri, as a digital assistant.
Apple has a lot of products out there, many of which carry a hefty price tag. But rumors are starting to grow that the company may offer some less expensive options this year.
Apple has released a new ad for the HomePod featuring the song ‘Til It’s Over’ by Anderson and starring FKA Twigs. The 4-minute advert has been directed by Spike Jonze, acclaimed music video and film direction, and it shows FKA Twigs returning home after a tiring day at the office and then making another tiring journey back home. Then, she uses Siri on the HomePod to “play something I’d like.”
The data shared by NPD Group points to HomePod first day pre-order numbers being higher than several other smart speakers in the United States except for Amazon’s Echo Dot. However, the speaker’s pre-order numbers did surpass that of Sonos One and Google Home Max.
HomePod is designed to be used with Siri. You just talk and HomePod will play the music for you. But that’s not the only way you can use the HomePod. At the top of the unassuming cylinder, you’ll find a touch-sensitive screen. This touchpad can’t really display information but it will glow when you’re using Siri. And you can tap on it to get things done. Here’s how you can use the touchpad on the HomePod.
Yes, the HomePod is a Siri enabled speaker which only works with Apple Music. But HomePod is also an AirPlay speaker. Which means you can use it as a speaker with any device that supports AirPlay – including your Mac. For this feature to work, both your Mac and HomePod will need to be on the same Wi-Fi network.
The HomePod went up for sale on Friday, February 9. Ten days ago now, which means most customers have had plenty of time to use Apple’s first smart speaker and come to a conclusion on the company’s first effort jumping into the smart speaker market.