The HomePod is a smart speaker developed by Apple Inc. It was first announced on June 5, 2017, at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference. The HomePod is scheduled for release in December 2017, initially in Australia, the UK and the US, and will be available in two colors: white and Apple's "Space Gray".
A white HomePod on display at WWDC 2017
|Release date||December 2017
|System-on-chip used||Apple A8|
|Memory||1 GB RAM|
|Display||272 x 340 LED matrix|
|Connectivity||802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi‑Fi with MIMO|
|Dimensions||6.8 in × 5.6 in (170 mm × 140 mm)|
|Weight||5.5 lb (2.5 kg)|
A touchscreen atop the device displays a dynamic waveform, similar to the one displayed on other Apple devices when Siri is activated. It also allows the user to adjust playback volume and to play and pause playback.
It features seven tweeters in its base and a four-inch woofer towards the top. Six microphones around HomePod’s centre gauge the acoustics of the room; software directs parts of the mix to various speakers for improved sound quality and separation.
In late July 2017, an official Apple firmware file was accidentally released for (AudioAccessory1,1), which was later revealed by Twitter users to be firmware for the HomePod. The HomePod was shown to have similar specifications to the iPhone 6. The iPhone 6 has 1 GB of RAM and a 1334×750 screen resolution, while the HomePod also has 1 GB of RAM but a 272x340 screen resolution. The HomePod runs a variant of iOS as its operating system. The iOS SpringBoard is called SoundBoard in the HomePod firmware.
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