Apple’s smart home speaker will finally be available to customers from 9th February. The Apple HomePod employs innovative technology to deliver stunning audio. The HomePod is equipped with state-of-the-art audio tech such as beam-forming tweeters, a high-excursion woofer and spatial awareness.

Apple HomePod release date
The Apple HomePod: side and top view

 

 

The speaker follows your voice commands and has access to the iCloud music store.

 

The HomePod is able to learn a user’s preferences and also collect other information such as album and date of release.

HomePod can work with Siri to send messages, control HomeKit smart accessories, play Podcasts, check news among other sorts of information.

For instance, HomePod can turn on lights, adjust temperature among other home automations.

Using SiriKit, users can ask Siri, through HomePod, to send messages to contacts via messaging apps, take notes, set reminders.

HomePod also supports MultiRoom Audio and Stereo. This means that users can play

 

Apple Homepod vs Other Smart Speakers

HomePod trumps rivals Google Home and Amazon Echo in the following ways;

  • You can use it to send messages and even make calls.
  • It’s spatial awareness means it adjust sound output depending on where placed.
  • Multi-room audio
  • Music library support (Apple music)
  • It can learn your music preferences
  • Privacy is guaranteed

 

Learn more about: Amazon Echo on Wikipedia

Learn more about: Google Home

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The Apple HomePod costs $349, once in Kenya the cost may translate to about Kshs. 50,000.

 

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