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Topic: HomePod

Apple's HomePod will support iTunes Match streaming via Siri

01/29/2018, 12:01 pm

Owners of the HomePod -- shipping on Feb. 9 -- should be able to ask Siri to stream any files uploaded to iTunes Match, not just material hosted on Apple Music.

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Apple's first HomePod ads urge customers to 'order now'

01/27/2018, 08:01 pm

Apple Kicked off promotional efforts for its new HomePod on Saturday with four short ads showing off the smart speaker's svelte chassis and unique LCD control panel.

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A deep dive into HomePod's adaptive audio, beamforming and why it needs an A8 processor

01/27/2018, 02:01 am

The HomePod stands to be an audiophile's ideal speaker when it ships on Feb. 9, in no small part due to the considerable effort Apple has put into audio processing for the device. Audio expert Matt Hines of iZotope explains some of the technical hurdles Apple and other smart speaker producers have to overcome to provide a high-quality audio experience in a wide variety of environments.

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HomePod preorders begin via Apple, smart speaker arrives Feb. 9

01/26/2018, 08:01 am

Apple on Friday morning began accepting preorders for HomePod, the company's entrance into the smart speaker space with audiophile-focused premium sound. The $349 accessory will ship to users in two weeks, on Feb. 9.

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How to buy HomePod using Apple's financing options

01/25/2018, 07:01 pm

Apple's HomePod is shaping up to be a hot commodity for early adopters, but the premium speaker is priced well above competing products from Amazon and Google. If you want to score one on launch day, but lack the cheddar, you might want to consider Apple's financing options.

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How and when to preorder HomePod: The official Apple Store app is your best bet on Friday

01/25/2018, 04:01 pm

It's a mystery how high demand for Apple's HomePod will be, and it's also unknown how many units the company will produce for launch. Because of those unknowns, you'd better be ready come Friday -- and early.

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Sonos fires back at Apple's HomePod by offering a pair of One speakers for $349

01/25/2018, 11:01 am

Responding to the imminent sale of the HomePod, Sonos has cut the price of the Sonos One, selling a two-pack of the speaker for $349 -- the same price as one HomePod.

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HomePod hands on account finds sound superior to competitors, data only read to main user

01/25/2018, 10:01 am

A one-hour hands on period with the HomePod found sound quality beating out offerings from Google, Amazon, and Sonos, with security provisions preventing personal information from being read aloud by the HomePod when the primary user's main device isn't on the home network, preventing other users in the house from getting calendar items read or other personal notifications.

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HomePod, the iPod for your home

01/25/2018, 08:01 am

Consider Apple's release of a new music-oriented device priced higher than its perceived competitors--which have already established an enthusiastic audience base over the past few years. How can it possibly survive in such a difficult position? The answer was: by being better in key ways that matter to users. iPod went on to become a legendary franchise in personal audio. Now Apple is doing the same thing again in home audio with HomePod.

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Reminder: HomePod can replace an Apple TV or iPad as a HomeKit hub

01/24/2018, 03:01 pm

Not only can Apple's HomePod be used to control HomeKit devices, but it can take the role of a HomeKit hub, allowing for access and control of compatible peripherals from outside the home.

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HomePod, QuickTime Player now support FLAC audio files, iTunes still doesn't

01/24/2018, 12:01 pm

Apple's HomePod, Files in iOS, and QuickTime Player in macOS all support FLAC playback, but Apple's media management tool iTunes still does not making it more difficult for Apple users to use the high-quality file format than it could be.

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Everything Apple has promised to add to HomePod in future updates

01/24/2018, 11:01 am

Apple's HomePod will be shipping soon -- but beyond the features initially promised but not immediately arriving, there look to be a few more things coming to the HomePod in the future. AppleInsider gives you a full rundown of what to expect from HomePod in the weeks and months after it launches.

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Tim Cook says hardware, software integration puts HomePod ahead of competition

01/23/2018, 10:01 pm

Tim Cook on Tuesday offered a peek into Apple's ambitions for HomePod amid a landscape littered with smart speakers powered by Amazon's Alexa and Google Assistant, suggesting the key to success lies in Apple's ability to seamlessly integrate hardware and software

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HomePod: Everything you need to know about Apple's smart speaker

01/23/2018, 07:01 pm

Apple's HomePod is finally available to preorder this Friday, January 26th, and arriving in stores starting Friday, February 9th. AppleInsider delves into the device pre-release, and tells you everything you need to know before you drop $349 on it.

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Apple's latest iTunes release includes HomePod support

01/23/2018, 05:01 pm

Following the release of macOS 10.13.3 and new versions of iOS, watchOS and tvOS, Apple on Tuesday issued the latest version of iTunes for Mac, with the updated media software boasting support for the upcoming HomePod.

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HomePod at launch lacks stereo linking and multiple-room support, features coming 'later this year'

01/23/2018, 12:01 pm

Apple's HomePod may be shipping in the beginning of February, but multiple-room audio support and stereo sound between two HomePods will be absent at launch.

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Apple HomePod smart speaker preorders begin Friday, shipments start Feb. 9

01/23/2018, 09:01 am

Apple's long-awaited HomePod arrives in stores beginning Friday, February 9 and is available to order online this Friday, January 26 in the US, UK and Australia.

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Asset icons pulled from iOS beta show muted HomePod microphone, environmental alerts

01/22/2018, 08:01 am

Delves through iOS beta firmware released on Friday has revealed some HomePod iconography, showing an Apple TV, assorted environmental icons probably for HomeKit, a muted microphone icon associated with the HomePod, and other graphics associated with use and setup of Apple's Siri speaker.

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Apple's HomePod gets FCC approval, hinting at upcoming launch

01/19/2018, 05:01 pm

Adding to evidence that the HomePod is nearing an official release, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission has given its stamp of approval for the device.

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Video: Apple gets ready to ship HomePod after month-long delay

01/17/2018, 04:01 pm

The HomePod was previously scheduled to hit the market before the end of last year, but Apple issued a statement in November saying it needed more time before the product is ready for customers, giving it an "early 2018" release date.

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