Apple Introduces HomePod

 

June 05 2017. WWDC 2017.

Earlier this week, Apple announced HomePod, a breakthrough wireless speaker for the home that delivers amazing audio quality and uses spatial awareness to sense its location in a room and automatically adjust the audio. HomePod features a large, Apple-designed woofer for deep, clean bass, a custom array of seven beam-forming tweeters that provide pure high frequency acoustics with incredible directional control and powerful technologies built right in to preserve the richness and intent of the original recordings.

HomePod works with your existing Apple Music subscription and allows you to access over 40 million songs. AI and machine learning are part of HomePod to provide you song recommendations based on your personal music preferences and tastes and helps users discover new music.

HomePod will be available for $349 (US) in white and space gray starting in December, initially in Australia, the UK and the US. HomePod is compatible with iPhone 5s and later, running iOS 11.

As a home assistant, HomePod is a great way to send messages, get updates on news, sports and weather, or control smart home devices by simply asking Siri to turn on the lights, close the shades or activate a scene. When away from home, HomePod is the perfect home hub, providing remote access and home automations through the Home app on iPhone or iPad.

 

Audio Innovation and Advanced Technologies

  • At just under 7 inches tall, HomePod represents years of hardware and software innovation:
  • Apple-designed upward-facing woofer, paired with the custom A8 chip, enables bass management through real-time software modeling that ensures the speaker delivers the deepest and cleanest bass possible, with low distortion;
  • Custom array of seven beam-forming tweeters, each with its own amplifier, provides well-balanced smooth timbre as well as precise directional control of a multitude of beam shapes and sizes;
  • Apple-designed A8 chip provides the brains behind the advanced audio innovations;
  • Automatic room-sensing technology allows HomePod to quickly learn its position in a room, whether it’s in a corner, on a table or in a bookshelf, and within seconds, is perfectly optimized to deliver an immersive music listening experience wherever it is placed;
  • Six-microphone array with advanced echo cancellation enables Siri to understand people whether they are near the device or standing across the room, even while loud music is playing;
  • Siri waveform appears on the top to indicate when Siri is engaged, and integrated touch controls also allow easy navigation;
  • Automatic detection and balance of two speakers using both direct and reflected audio to deliver amazing audio wirelessly for an even more immersive experience; and
  • Easy setup that is as intuitive as setting up AirPods — simply hold an iPhone next to HomePod and it’s ready to start playing music in seconds.
  • Security and privacy are fundamental to the design of Apple hardware, software and services. With HomePod, only after “Hey Siri” is recognized locally on the device will any information be sent to Apple servers, encrypted and sent using an anonymous Siri identifier.