Apple HomePod Revealed

Long waited Amazon Echo competitor secrete is finally revealed. Yes it’s real and its called HomePod. At company’s WWDC keynote , Apple CEO Tim Cook Said “We want to reinvent the home music”. Apple Siri is not the focus of HomePod instead, it’s the music.

According to Apple’s SVP of Global Marketing Phil Schiller, Sonos are not smart speakers and Amazon Echos simply don’t good quality sound. So apple wants to combine the best of both worlds. Per Phil Schiller, apple homepod is not ready for prime time yet but will be ready to ship by end of 2017.

The device is equipped with an Apple A8 chip. It has seven beam forming tweeter array and designed as pill shaped circle speaker. It also has multi channel eco cancellation , real time acoustic modeling and much more.

The gadget has ability to scan the surroundings to optimize audio accordingly. As expected the speaker work very well with apple music library.

Airplay 2 was already released earlier today. Airplay 2 has capability to pair multiple speakers and play music in multiple rooms. This function should encourage many customers to buy multiple speakers for their homes.

Price of Apple HomePod:

Homepod will cost $349. It comes with white and space grey color. It start shipping in US, UK and Autralia. All other countries will get HomePods in 2018.

The Apple HomePod will feature voice control, Siri Intelligence, remote access and home automations through the Apple’s Home app, and is compatible with all iPhone 5 S and higher.

 

Apple Homepod Spec Comparison

Apple argument that the HomePod is worth the cost because it combines smart features and great sound.

CategoriesHomePodAmazon EchoEcho DotGoogle HomeSonos Play:1Sonos Play:3
Price$350$179.99$49.99$129.00$199.00$299.00
Speakers7 tweeters, 4-inch subwoofer2.5-inch tweeter, 2-inch wooferSmall built-in speaker2-inch driver and dual 2-inch passive radiators3.5-inch mid-woofer, tweeterTwo 2.75-inch mid-woofers, 1-inch tweeter
Microphones6-microphone array7-microphone array7-microphone array2-microphone arrayN/AN/A
Smart assistantSiriAlexaAlexaAssistantAlexa through connected Echo(in private beta)Alexa through connected Echo(in private beta)
ProcessorApple A8Texas Instruments DM3725CUS100Texas Instruments DM3725Marvell 88DE3006N/ANA
Multi-room audio?AirPlay 2Supposedly forthcoming between EchosSupposedly forthcoming between EchosChromecast AudioSonosSonos
Music services supportedApple MusicAmazon Music, Prime Music, Amazon Music Unlimited, Spotify Premium, Pandora, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, AudibleAmazon Music, Prime Music, Amazon Music Unlimited, Spotify Premium, Pandora, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, AudibleGoogle Play Music, Spotify Premium, Pandora, YouTube Music, TuneIn, iHeartRadioApple Music, Pandora, Spotify, Amazon Music, Google Play Music, SoundCloud, Deezer, TuneIn, Napster, Microsoft Groove, Slacker, Stitcher, Tidal, and moreApple Music, Pandora, Spotify, Amazon Music, Google Play Music, SoundCloud, Deezer, TuneIn, Napster, Microsoft Groove, Slacker, Stitcher, Tidal, and more
Third-party developer supportAs of now, noYes, Alexa SkillsYes, Alexa SkillsYes, Assistant actionsOnly through Sonos partnershipsOnly through Sonos partnerships
InterfaceSiri waveform / touch panelLight ring, buttonsLight ring, buttonsLED indicators, touch panelVolume and play / pause buttonsVolume and play / pause buttons
ConnectivityWi-FiWi-Fi, BluetoothWi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3.5mm headphone jackWi-Fi, BluetoothWi-FiWi-Fi
Weight5.5 pounds2.36 pounds0.36 pounds1.05 pounds4.08 pounds5.71 pounds
Dimensions (in.)6.8 x 5.6 x 5.69.25 x 3.3 x 3.39.25 x 3.3 x 3.35.62 x 3.79 x 3.796.36 x 4.69 x 4.695.2 x 10.6 x 6.3