Rivaling that of Amazon's Echo, Apple will be launching its anticipated HomePod early next month. Beforehand, the wireless speaker is set to become available for order as of this Friday, January 26, in the U.S., UK, and Australia.
The HomePod allows you to conveniently play music wherever it's placed, simply using your voice for instruction. Per Apple, "Siri, now actively used on over half a billion devices, has developed a deep knowledge of music and understands your preferences and tastes."
In addition to music streaming, the device can also send a message, set a timer, play a podcast, check the news, sports, traffic and weather, as well as control numerous HomeKit smart home accessories.
“HomePod is a magical new music experience from Apple. It brings advanced audio technologies like beam-forming tweeters, a high-excursion woofer and automatic spatial awareness, together with the entire Apple Music catalog and the latest Siri intelligence, in a simple, beautiful design that is so much fun to use,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.
“We’re so excited for people to get HomePod into their homes, apartments and businesses to hear it for themselves. We think they will be blown away by the audio quality. The team has worked to give Siri a deeper knowledge of music so that you can ask to play virtually anything from your personal favorites to the latest chart-topping releases, simply by saying ‘Hey Siri.’”
Standing at just under seven inches tall, the HomePod comes equipped with an Apple-designed woofer, seven tweeters, and six microphones. The speaker is of course conveniently compatible with Apple Music and can even support third-party messaging apps.
In addition, you can control a slew of home accessories such as lights, shades, temperature, and much more.
Starting at $349 USD in white and space grey, you'll be able to order Apple's all-new HomePod beginning Friday, January 26.
For more on the device, follow over to Apple.
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