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Apple's HomePod Will Ship With A 2 Meter, User Replaceable Power Cable

Apple's HomePod Will Ship With A 2 Meter, User Replaceable Power Cable

The Apple HomePod is available to pre-order from today and it launches next month, the device costs $349 and now Sonos is countering Apple's device with a special offer on its Sonos One speakers.

I first saw the HomePod at WWDC 2017, and was given a second chance to watch it in action in London before it hits shelves, priced at £319.

I take that back. Apple announced in December that it would be delayed until early 2018, and the company met that goal. So you get incredible sound without even thinking about it.

The integration of Siri is most welcome on the HomePod, and it can do everything Siri can do for you on your iPhone.

Instead, what we got was nothing. But how well Siri is integrated and how useful it is to control the speaker is likely to be the deciding factor for many would-be customers.

Where to buy the Apple HomePod? What we suspect, though, is that most people also have one or two uses for their smart speaker that are more on the fringe, and this is where Alexa's Skills mean it could help where Apple can't.

In our comparison of Alexa vs. Google Home vs. Siri, Apple's assistant came in last. Check out what New York Times technology columnist Farad Manjoo wrote Friday...

Sound reproduction is a primary focus of the Apple HomePod vs Google Home vs Amazon Echo battle, and this is an area that Apple has particularly focused on. Google and Amazon can afford to put huge discounts on their speakers, and. In a widely passed-around post, the venture capitalist M.G. Siegler wondered whether Amazon was so far ahead that HomePod was essentially dead on arrival.

The HomePod follows Apple's philosophy of trying to fold its users into its ecosystem. "It will be fun to see what happens here". This surely indicates that they aren't going to let Apple ease their way into the market without a fight.

The HomePod will be available for pre-order Friday, January 26 from the Apple Store in the UK.

The future features of HomePod are top secret. The speakers will "communicate with each other" through AirPlay 2. It would have excited potential customers to preorder the HomePod.

Apple did none of this because their Apple. Apple says later this year you'll be able to link two HomePods together (through AirPlay 2) for multi-room control and "stereo" listening (that'll cost you $700 US sir, there's no discount for a second "Pod"). With a voice command, Siri will be able to find and play music based on what they the user usually listens.

That's because Apple's intentionally limiting the way the HomePod works with so-called "third-party" apps.


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