Apple HomePod Release Date Announced, But Is It Too Expensive?

Apple HomePod Release Date Announced, But Is It Too Expensive?

Speaking on-stage at the time, Phil Schiller, Apple's Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, said: "Just like iPod reinvented music on our pocket, HomePod is going to reinvent music in the home".

The diminutive HomePod comes in at just under 18cm tall and 2.5kg and includes acoustic signal processing, audio beam-forming and echo cancellation, all powered by Apple's A8 chip. Apple has designed the new HomePod from top to bottom, the main priority being the audio part. To reiterate, we're not sure how many units Apple will have in stock, so if you want one, be on site early.

In some of the pictures of HomePod from Apple, it can be seen that the HomePod featured an attached cable on the inside of the smart speaker.

This incredible new Apple HomePod will redefine the way you enjoy music, transforming into an incredible experience. Only slightly more expensive than one Apple HomePod.

However, Sonos' deal is undoubtedly more flexible. The same songs played on the Google Home Max sounded oddly muddy.

Express.co.uk was lucky enough to hear the HomePod past year and there's no doubting that its sound credentials are impressive. First up on our demo is Ariana Grande's Side to Side.

An update coming later this year will let you link two HomePods together for stereo sound, much like competitor speakers. Bass-heads will have to wait for the Beats version of the HomePod, I guess. And that makes Apple's HomePod more or less useless to me.

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Amazon and Sonos.com both have this discount on the Sonos One available already.

For consumers who crave higher-end sound quality out of a smart speaker, Sonos took a shot at one-upping Apple by offering two smart speakers at the $349, the same price as one HomePod. So if you prefer other music streaming services, like Spotify, the HomePod won't be the best for you. Users will also be able to control other speakers that are compatible with AirPlay 2, like the Sonos One.

The HomePod will be able to recognize when another speaker is placed in the home. And herein lies another flaw: for now you will have to use an Apple Music account if you want to use Siri as a control.

Apple's latest major product is about to launch. The future is smart homes. The Google Home is priced at US$129 while the Amazon Echo costs US$ 99.

Like most people, I use a menagerie of electronic devices and services from various companies.

HomePod when integrated with HomeKit enabled devices can also be used to turn on lights, adjust the thermostat, unlock doors or raise window shades. Previously, only an iPad or Apple TV could fulfill this role. Alternatively, if you're more interested in filling different rooms, you could use the two Sonos One speakers individually.

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