HomePod

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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Apple HomePod preorders open

Apple HomePod preorders open

After being hit with a delay at the end of last year, we finally saw some signs of life from Apple's HomePod earlier this week. Apple not only revealed when the smart speaker would launch, but also when it would available to preorder. Those preorders have officially opened up, so if you've known the HomePod is the speaker for you, you can secure one now.

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Sonos One deal sees stereo pair match HomePod’s price

Sonos One deal sees stereo pair match HomePod’s price

The HomePod may be close at hand, but Sonos isn't resting on its laurels, announcing a deal that cuts the price of a pair of its Alexa-powered speakers to match Apple. The deal on a Sonos One duo also serves to highlight one of its rival's missing features, the ability to link two wireless speakers together and use them as a stereo pair.

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HomePod is a sweet-sounding uphill battle

HomePod is a sweet-sounding uphill battle

Apple's HomePod was delayed, and all we got when it finally showed up was a new release date. Surprise bubbled around the announcement of the smart speaker's February 9 launch earlier this week, after Apple failed to use its extra time to address some of the more frequent criticisms HomePod faced when it debuted roughly eight months ago. No multi-room playback at release, no expansion to grudgingly accommodate third-party music services, and no price change from $349.

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This is how the HomePod will win according to Tim Cook

This is how the HomePod will win according to Tim Cook

Apple is late to the smart speaker market. Late in coming out with a product and even more late in putting it out in the market. In less than a month’s time, though, the HomePod’s rocky origins might all be forgotten, just like any other new Apple product. In fact, it’s going to knock all other smart speakers out of the ring in one blow. At least that’s how believers see and it’s definitely how Tim Cook believes it. And the Apple chief executive is explaining how.

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