HomePod

This HomePod multi-room tip saves waiting for AirPlay 2

This HomePod multi-room tip saves waiting for AirPlay 2

Apple's HomePod sounds great today, and with its upcoming AirPlay 2 update it'll gain multi-room support too, but there's a workaround if you can't wait for the official upgrade. While the Siri-powered speaker is being viewed as a direct Sonos rival, being able to link multiple speakers together and play the same music simultaneously is still a big advantage in Sonos' corner.

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Apple HomePod Review

Apple HomePod Review

Apple's HomePod may be late to the party, but the Siri-powered smart speaker isn't arriving quietly in any sense of the word. HomePod's biggest strength is that, in a segment where ease of use is yet to catch up with functionality, it makes navigating a great-sounding Apple Music experience by voice a joy. How it does that, though, feels like classic Apple at its most demanding.

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Apple HomePod teardown has good news and bad

Apple HomePod teardown has good news and bad

As with all high-profile device launches, it hasn't taken very long for the folks at iFixit to get their hands on the new Apple HomePod and promptly rip the sucker open. There are two goals in doing so, as the teardown gives us a look at the hardware that's inside and also shows us how easy it would be for the end user to repair the product on their own. Unfortunately, those of you who were hoping for a DIY-friendly repair job are about to be disappointed.

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Apple HomePod repairs are very expensive, thankfully cable replacements aren’t

Apple HomePod repairs are very expensive, thankfully cable replacements aren’t

Now that Apple's new HomePod smart speaker is finally available for purchase, details are coming out on the price of out-of-warranty repairs. If you haven't heard yet, they're very expensive: dropping or cosmetic damages not covered by the hardware warranty can cost $279. Fortunately, there's a separate, specific type of repair that can be done for much less.

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These HomePod missing features are already frustrating me

These HomePod missing features are already frustrating me

Apple made a great sounding speaker in HomePod, but some of the smart features still have rough edges. Whether it's how Siri interacts with your other devices, how the assistant helps you hunt down new and interesting content, or just how straightforward HomePod is to control, there are a few important areas that Apple could easily address to improve the user-experience dramatically.

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Don’t break your HomePod (repairs are crazy-expensive)

Don’t break your HomePod (repairs are crazy-expensive)

Apple has confirmed HomePod repair pricing, and the short advice is simple: try really, really hard not to break it. The Siri-powered smart speaker comes with a year of limited hardware warranty, which covers the hardware going wrong of its own accord. However, if you drop your HomePod, damage it cosmetically such as ripping the speaker mesh, or encounter some other non-warranty issue, it's going to get expensive.

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The 3 HomePod settings you need to know

The 3 HomePod settings you need to know

Apple's HomePod has arrived, and while the super-simple setup process may make a great first impression, there are a few other settings and menus it's worth getting to grips with. The smart speaker offers voice-controlled access to not only your Apple Music account but potentially to messages and more on your iPhone, too. Some users are going to love that, but others may want to know the three key settings and menus they need to get master control over HomePod. Happily, we've got you covered.

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Apple HomePod: Here’s how easy getting started is

Apple HomePod: Here’s how easy getting started is

If Apple gets anything pitch-perfect with HomePod, its new smart speaker, it's the setup process. We've got our hands on the Apple Music streaming speaker ahead of its public launch, and have been wasting no time running some of our favorite tracks through it to see how it holds up to alternatives like Sonos and Amazon's Echo. All the same, what already sets HomePod apart is just how easy it is to set up.

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HomePod review round-up: Apple’s smart speaker judged

HomePod review round-up: Apple’s smart speaker judged

It's fair to say that Apple's HomePod has been one of the company's more controversial products in recent years, and the first batch of HomePod reviews aren't likely to settle those arguments. The smart speaker is set to ship this Friday, February 9, giving Apple Music fans and Siri skeptics alike the opportunity to see how well both play together. So, what can they expect?

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HomePod audio sources detailed: Apple all the way

HomePod audio sources detailed: Apple all the way

The Apple HomePod ships next week but it might already be showing some of its warts this early. Never mind that it’s late, because Apple has a knack for rewriting history anyway. Evidence, both official and not, have surfaced revealing a smart speaker that might be a tad limited compared to the rivals it will be facing. The newest one is the official list of audio sources that the HomePod will support. And while it’s a very short list, it might not be much of a problem if your entire world already revolves around Apple anyway.

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HomePod’s Siri limits raise questions about $349 speaker

HomePod’s Siri limits raise questions about $349 speaker

Apple's HomePod is taking a seriously different route than rival smart speakers, something the list of absent Siri features at launch only underscores. Currently up for preorder, and set to ship on February 9th, HomePod is being billed as "the ultimate music authority" by Apple, and the best way to consume Apple Music. However, that has some implications if you're expecting a clear Amazon Echo or Google Home alternative.

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As HomePod preorders open, 3 facts to remember

As HomePod preorders open, 3 facts to remember

Apple's HomePod goes up for pre-order today, but unlike the latest iPhone X, AirPods, or iPad Pro there's a fair degree of uncertainty about the company's first smart speaker. HomePod might be a late entrant to an already established market, but it's playing a very different game to Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Sonos One. That's not necessarily a bad thing if you're an audiophile, but it does mean there are some things to bear in mind before you buy.

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