HomePod

HomePod
Apple HomePod Wordmark.svg
An Apple HomePod speaker .png
A white HomePod on display at WWDC 2017
DeveloperApple Inc.
Manufacturer
TypeSmart speaker
Release date
February 9, 2018
(3 years ago)
 (2018-02-09)
  • Australia
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
June 18, 2018
(3 years ago)
 (2018-06-18)
  • Canada
  • France
  • Germany
October 26, 2018
(3 years ago)
 (2018-10-26)
  • Mexico
  • Spain
January 18, 2019
(2 years ago)
 (2019-01-18)
  • Mainland China
  • Hong Kong
August 23, 2019
(2 years ago)
 (2019-08-23)
  • Japan
  • Taiwan
May 10, 2020
(18 months ago)
 (2020-05-10)
  • India
Introductory priceUS$349
CA$449
GB£319
A$499
DiscontinuedMarch 12, 2021; 8 months ago (2021-03-12)
Units sold1-3 million (2018)[2][3]
Operating system
  • tvOS derivative (as of 13.4)[4]
  • iOS derivative (prior to version 13.4)[5]
System on a chipApple A8
MemoryGB LPDDR3 RAM
Storage16 GB
Display272 x 340 LED matrix
Sound7 tweeters, 4-inch (10 cm) woofer, 6 microphones
InputMulti-touch screen, voice commands via Siri
Connectivity802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi‑Fi with MIMO
Bluetooth 5.0
Direct peer-to-peer access from iPhone 5S or later; iPad Pro, iPad (2017), iPad Air, iPad Mini 2 or later, or iPod Touch (6th generation), devices running iOS 12 or later[6]
Dimensions6.8 in × 5.6 in (170 mm × 140 mm)
Mass5.5 lb (2.5 kg)
PredecessoriPod Hi-Fi
SuccessorHomePod Mini
Websiteapple.com/homepod-2018/

The HomePod is a smart speaker developed by Apple Inc. The HomePod was designed to work with the Apple Music subscription service.[7] It was sold until it was discontinued on March 12, 2021, in favor of the smaller HomePod Mini.[8]

The HomePod was announced on June 5, 2017, at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference,[9][10] its launch was later delayed from December 2017 to early 2018.[10][11][12][13] Apple began taking orders on January 26, 2018,[14] and formally released it on February 9 that year. It incorporates beamforming and eight speakers[15] and was sold in two colors: white and space gray.[16]

The HomePod received mixed reviews: it was praised for its design and sound quality compared to other speakers of its price, and criticized for lack of third-party support and high price compared to other smart speakers. Additionally, the silicone base on the bottom of the device was found to occasionally damage wooden surfaces. As of August 2018, the HomePod had sold an estimated 1 to 3 million units.

  1. ^ a b "HomePod will launch in Q4 this year in limited quantity". GSMArena.com. Archived from the original on August 17, 2017. Retrieved August 17, 2017.
  2. ^ "HomePod Sales May Be Closer to 1-1.5 Million Than 3 Million Since the Speaker Launched". Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  3. ^ "HomePod Estimated to Have 3 Million Sales and 6% Market Share in United States". Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  4. ^ "HomePod now runs on tvOS, here's what that could mean". Retrieved April 14, 2020.
  5. ^ "About iOS Software Updates for HomePod". Retrieved October 30, 2019.
  6. ^ "HomePod - Technical Specifications - Apple". Retrieved August 14, 2019.
  7. ^ Apple inc. HomePod - Apple. Retrieved February 2, 2019
  8. ^ Ortolani, Parker (March 13, 2021). "Apple discontinues original HomePod". 9to5Mac. Retrieved March 13, 2021.
  9. ^ Gartenberg, Chaim (June 5, 2017). "Apple announces HomePod speaker to take on Sonos". The Verge. Archived from the original on June 5, 2017. Retrieved June 5, 2017.
  10. ^ a b "Meet Apple's Echo Rival, Homepod". Fortune. Archived from the original on November 17, 2017. Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  11. ^ "Apple's HomePod delayed until next year". The Verge. Archived from the original on November 17, 2017. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
  12. ^ Fingas, Jon (November 17, 2017). "Apple delays HomePod smart speaker until early 2018". Engadget. Archived from the original on November 18, 2017. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
  13. ^ "Apple delays HomePod to 2018". CNET. Archived from the original on November 18, 2017. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
  14. ^ "HomePod arrives February 9, available to order this Friday" (Press release). Apple Inc. Archived from the original on January 23, 2018. Retrieved January 23, 2018.
  15. ^ Cite error: The named reference verge-review was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  16. ^ "Everything about HomePod". iMore. Archived from the original on June 20, 2017. Retrieved June 19, 2017.

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