Apple has released their new HomePod speaker. If you're considering getting one, here's a short list of things it does and doesn't do.
- work with multiple iOS devices including iPhone 5S or later, iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad mini or higher, iPod higher, and the 5th gen. iPad.
- require Apple Music to use Siri to control your music with your voice such as requesting it to play a specific song.
- integrate with iCloud; the account chosen will be the account HomePod is hooked to with messages, notes, and reminders as well as the Apple Music subscription.
- have touch controls that affect volume, Siri, play/pause, and skipping.
- have privacy settings built in. The HomePod is designed to only listen when you say, "Hey Siri."
- have good power efficiency.
- yield to your iPhone when you request Siri.
- have room sensing technology to give you the best listening experience it can.
- work as a bluetooth speaker, although you can connect and play your music from Spotify if the iOS device and HomePod are on the same wifi network.
- give you calendar notifications.
- have Home Sharing; the ability to access and play your iTunes music that wasn't purchased through the iTunes store.
- pair with Android devices.
- recognize different voices.
- have an auxiliary jack to allow connection of unsupported devices like older iPod Classics or Android devices.
- have the ability to make dialing calls without your phone.
- have the ability to answer obscure questions, play games or tell jokes.
Though it has limitations, the HomePod promises a great sound and powerful features for Apple users that have been long awaiting a smart speaker.
Feel free to contact us if you have questions or if you'd like assistance in hooking up your new HomePod!