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HomePod is a smart speaker developed by Apple Inc. It was announced on June 5, 2017,[2] at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference.[3]

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A white HomePod on display at WWDC 2017
Developer Apple Inc.
Type Smart speaker
Release date
Introductory price US$349
Operating system audioOS
System-on-chip used Apple A8
Storage 16 GB
Display 272 x 340 OLED
Sound 7 tweeters, 4" woofer, 6 microphones
Input Multi-touch screen, voice commands via Siri
Connectivity 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi‑Fi with MIMO
Bluetooth 5.0
Direct peer-to-peer access or iPhone 5s or later, iPad Pro, iPad (5th generation), iPad Air or later, iPad mini 2 or later, or iPod touch (6th generation) running iOS 11.2.5 or later
Dimensions 6.8 in × 5.6 in (170 mm × 140 mm)
Weight 5.5 lb (2.5 kg)

The HomePod was originally scheduled for release in December 2017,[3] but was later delayed to early 2018.[4][5][6] The HomePod was available for preorder on January 26, which was announced by Apple on January 23.[7] Orders started arriving on February 9. It was initially released in Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States and is available in two colors: White and Space Gray.[8]



The HomePod has a rounded, cylindrical shape, and has a small touchscreen on its top. It has seven tweeters in its base and a four-inch woofer towards the top, as well as six microphones used for voice control and acoustic optimization.[9][10][11]

The device runs an iOS variation and features an Apple A8 system-on-chip.[12][11] It integrates Siri, which can be used to control the speaker and other HomeKit devices, and can be used to conduct text messaging and voice calls from an iPhone. HomePod supports only proprietary Apple platforms and technologies, including Apple Music, iTunes Store purchases and Match, iTunes podcasts, Beats 1 radio, and AirPlay 2, while an iOS 11 device is required for initial setup. HomePod does not support Bluetooth audio.[13][11]

Greenhouse Gas Emissions for HomePod is 146 kg CO2e.[14]


HomePod received mixed reviews. The Verge praised HomePod's automatic acoustic calibration system, and felt that it sounded "noticeably richer and fuller" than competitors such as the Sonos One (described as sounding "a little empty") and Google Home Max (described as being a "bass-heavy mess").[15] Ars Technica felt that its sound quality was "pretty good, rich and full for its size, better than the Sonos One but probably not $150 better, [and] a galaxy ahead of the Echo."[16]

Its lack of support for third-party services and platforms was criticized,[11][16][15] with Ars Technica arguing that it gave the device "intense inflexibility".[16] Siri on the HomePod was also criticized for its limited functionality in comparison to assistants such as Alexa and Google Assistant; The Verge cited the inability to actually place phone calls from the speaker (they must be made on an iPhone and transferred to the HomePod), set multiple timers at once, or distinguish between multiple voices, and only supporting basic commands when using AirPlay, among other limitations.[15][11]

The Verge gave HomePod a 7.5 out of 10, arguing that it "does more to make music sound better than any other speaker of this kind has ever done before", but that consumers should consider other options "unless you live entirely inside Apple's walled garden and prioritize sound quality over everything else."[15] Wired shared similar criticisms over its lack of Siri functionality and support for third-party services, concluding that the HomePod would be of little interest to those who are not heavily invested in Apple's software and hardware ecosystem.[11]

It was reported by some owners that the HomePod's silicone base stained oiled wooden surfaces with a white "ring" mark. Although Apple states that "it is not unusual for any speaker with a vibration-dampening silicone base to leave mild marks when placed on some wooden surfaces", and that the marks would eventually "improve" on its own, Stuart Miles (founder of the British technology blog Pocket-lint) reported that in his experience, the stain occurred after only about 20 minutes of use on a wooden surface, and that he had to sand and re-oil the surface to remove it. John Gruber criticized Apple for this abnormality, remarking that he had never seen an Apple product damage surfaces in such a manner before, and that it "seems like an issue that should have been caught during the period where HomePod was being widely tested at home by many Apple employees."[17]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "HomePod will launch in Q4 this year in limited quantity". Retrieved 2017-08-17. 
  2. ^ Gartenberg, Chaim (2017-06-05). "Apple announces HomePod speaker to take on Sonos". The Verge. Retrieved 2017-06-05. 
  3. ^ a b "Meet Apple's Echo Rival, Homepod". Fortune. Retrieved 2017-11-18. 
  4. ^ "Apple's HomePod delayed until next year". The Verge. Retrieved 2017-11-17. 
  5. ^ Fingas, Jon (November 17, 2017). "Apple delays HomePod smart speaker until early 2018". Engadget. Retrieved 2017-11-17. 
  6. ^ "Apple delays HomePod to 2018". CNET. Retrieved 2017-11-17. 
  7. ^ "HomePod arrives February 9, available to order this Friday" (Press release). Apple Inc. Retrieved January 23, 2018. 
  8. ^ "Everything about HomePod". iMore. Retrieved June 19, 2017. 
  9. ^ "This iFixit teardown shows the HomePod is built like a tank". The Verge. Retrieved 2018-02-14. 
  10. ^ Ong, Thuy (2017-07-31). "HomePod firmware reveals more secrets of Apple's smart speaker". The Verge. Retrieved 2017-09-03. 
  11. ^ a b c d e f "HomePod Review: Only Apple Devotees Need Apply". Retrieved 2018-02-14. 
  12. ^ Ong, Thuy (2017-07-31). "HomePod firmware reveals more secrets of Apple's smart speaker". The Verge. Retrieved 2017-09-03. 
  13. ^ "Apple clarifies which audio sources are supported on HomePod speakers". Ars Technica. Retrieved 2018-02-14. 
  14. ^ "HomePod Environmental Report" (PDF). Apple and the Environment. January 26, 2018. 
  15. ^ a b c d "Apple HomePod review: locked in". The Verge. Retrieved 2018-02-14. 
  16. ^ a b c "Apple's HomePod: Paying $350 for a speaker that says "no" this much is tough". Ars Technica. Retrieved 2018-02-14. 
  17. ^ "Apple's HomePod speakers mark wood". BBC News. 2018-02-14. Retrieved 2018-02-14. 

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