Apple's HomePod User Guide Tells You Everything About the Smart Speaker

Apple's HomePod User Guide Tells You Everything About the Smart Speaker

Apple's HomePod User Guide Tells You Everything About the Smart Speaker

Announced first at last year's WWDC, the HomePod is a smart speaker a la Amazon's Echo or Google Home, except, of course, this time your friendly voice is none other than Siri.

In the end, reviewers agreed that if you're in the market for a high-quality speaker and don't mind the tight embrace of Apple's ecosystem, the HomePod is flawless for you. "We made you a playlist", Sonos said in the tweet.

"Hello Apple, Something About Us, Together, Feels Right, Even Though, You're Crazy, For This, Home, Pod, Remember, Two Is Better Than One, Just Playing (Dreams), It's a Party, Everybody's Coming to My House, Even You, Come As You Are, Fruit Machine, No Matter What You're Told, We're Going to Be Friends, Over Everything".

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And while you can use HomePod as a speakerphone, Siri on the new speaker cannot initiate the call. The company says the speaker allows users to enjoy high quality sound.

"The HomePod is designed for someone with 100 percent Apple product buy-in, who lives in the iOS/Mac ecosystem, who subscribes to Apple Music, and who just wants basic smart speaker features", writes Nguyen at BuzzFeed.

The comprehensive user guide covers a host of different topics about the smart speaker including set up, how to play Apple Music tracks, controlling HomeKit devices, and much more.

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In a way, sending this tweet with a Spotify playlist was like baking a sugar-dripping birthday cake for a diabetic. It will support multiple voice services, launching with Amazon Alexa, but will add Siri using AirPlay 2, and Google Assistant, in 2018. The question is: will hardcore music fans embrace voice control the way more casual fans have? Your iPhone or iPad will need to be connected to Wi-Fi and have Bluetooth enabled. "So it can play Spotify without the deep integration and control with Siri". The HomePod's Siri makes the iPhone's Siri look like a genius.

The Verge: "Here's what's good about Siri on the HomePod: the microphones are terrific at detecting the "Hey Siri" wake command".

That's the consensus from tech reviewers who had time to jam out to Apple's $349 speaker this week ahead of its Friday launch. You might, for example, ask Siri to play classical musical in the basement at the same time you play the blues in the kitchen. Because it analyzes surrounding acoustics and makes adjustments based on location, you'll be hard pressed to find a spot in a room, even one that's pretty open, where solid quality is lacking. Now that they've missed the chance of competing for sales during the holidays, overall interest in Apple's smart speaker may have continued to die down.

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