Wednesday, 20 February, 2019

Apple Says HomePod Uses Less Energy Than An LED Bulb

HomePod HomePod Features release date and everything we know about Apple's smart speaker
Sherri Watson | 27 January, 2018, 10:26

Apple said that the speaker draws a maximum of 1.76W in idle mode, or about 50 percent less than the latest Energy Star specs require.

The reason these people were frantically refreshing Apple's website in the middle of the night was because Apple has released other products at that time. We'll walk you through what you need to know before you buy the HomePod and help you make the right decision for you.

Audio device maker Sonos this week announced a deal in which it will offer two of its Sonos One smart speakers for $349. Apple has tried to win back a portion of the market with their Apple Music service, but it was too little too late in a market already dominated by Spotify and later other options from services like Google and Amazon.

In the United Kingdom, the Apple HomePod will be available at the following outlets: Argos, Dixons Carphone (Currys PC World), John Lewis, Shop Direct (Very and Littlewoods), EE and authorized Apple Premium Resellers. It is created to work with Apple Music, the company's subscription streaming music service, which costs $9.99 a month for an individual plan.

Siri does also have some neat musical tricks, patiently answering questions about what album's playing, when the song was released, and even broader ones like "who's playing at the Brit Awards this week?' Like Spotify's Discover Weekly, your 'New Music Mix" will be tweaked according to what you play and the songs you tell Siri you like.

The HomePod speaker will provide a wireless audio experience with voice control from Siri.

The HomePod will be able to recognize when another speaker is placed in the home. But it's not just Alexa that Sonos supports, Sonos is committed to bringing Google Assistant support to the device sometime soon 2018.

The appeal of a smart speaker is that it works with many services. This power is mainly used for the HomePod to constantly listen for any "Hey, Siri" commands.

The HomePod is compatible with the iPhone 5s or later, the iPad Pro, 5th generation iPad, iPad Air or later, iPad mini 2 or later, and the 6th generation iPod touch.

HomePod will also work as a speakerphone for your smartphone calls, either on speakerphone or using FaceTime's audio chat.

Apple's device was the strongest performer in this test, but in truth this is to be expected as it is comfortably the most expensive and powerful of the group.