Apple HomePod is Apple’s first Smart Speaker which was supposed to ship in December 2017 but will ship in February this year instead. But with too many flaws, it’s not clear yet that HomePod is the ultimate Google Home competitor.
As the title suggests, HomePod will ship with key features like multiple-room audio support and stereo sound between two HomePods absent. That’s right. So basically, you are good to go if you ordered one HomePod but if you wanted that ultimate surround sound experience that Apple showcased last year at WWDC, you better wait till the end of this year.
AppleInsider was able to use the HomePod during the 2017 WWDC, and was able to listen to a pair of HomePods paired for stereo. It is unclear why the feature is not included with the release of the device.
Multiple-room support appears to be a function of AirPlay 2 —so why it is not included with the HomePod isn’t clear, unless Apple is expecting more delays in releasing the technology to users in iOS and macOS.
Apple says that both features will be coming later this year with an over the air software update. An update to which platform, be it the HomePod, iOS, macOS, or all three to enable the features wasn’t made clear, though.
Also not clear is launch support for languages beyond English. Siri already has support for many languages, including French and German —languages in countries next on tap for HomePod availability.
HomePod looks like a Mac Pro with under 7 inches height in a 3D mesh acoustic fabric. In addition to the A8 chip, it has 7 tweeters and a dynamic modeling subwoofer.
As previously announced, the HomePod retails for $349 in white and space gray in the US, UK and Australia. It will be available in France and Germany later in the spring. The HomePod is compatible with iPhone 5s or later, iPad Pro, iPad Air or later, iPad mini 2 or later, or iPod touch (6th generation) with iOS 11.2.5 or later.
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