Published: Fri, February 16, 2018
Tech | By Tabitha Holland

Apple HomePod Tips & Tricks: How To Use HomePod Properly

Apple HomePod Tips & Tricks: How To Use HomePod Properly

If you've snagged one, chances are you don't know everything the HomePod can do. The review also noted that while the HomePod would "serve many music fans well", there were some "flaws" like the way it projects bass sounds, which were "a bit boomy and overemphasized". Apple's limiting of HomePod's domains should change over time, at which point we expect the speaker to be vastly more useful and integrated with your other Apple devices.

While Apple made a big deal out of talking up the sound quality of their HomePod, it turned out that it failed to reinvent the wheel once consumers got their hands on it. That's true. The reviews have told the same.

Equipped with a seven-tweeter array and a high-excursion woofer, the HomePod provides crisp, clear sound and deep, rich bass-an audio quality with which its more ubiquitous Amazon and Google competitors can't compete. The HomePod is Apple's entry in a rapidly growing smart speaker race and a key to control of the smart home.

But there is a silver lining, purchase AppleCare+ for the product extending coverage for two years.

This is obviously a bug that Apple didn't find before release, not accounting for the fact that system apps can now be deleted. This was HomePod's most stellar feature. After I reinstalled the Music app, my phone invited me to sign up for an Apple Music trial, and I did.

So, what value do you place on sound quality?

You can also see what it's meant to look like.

No plans to buy Android smartphone in the near future.

A prototype of Apple's new HomePod is displayed during the 2017 Apple Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) at the San Jose Convention Center, June 5, 2017 in San Jose, Calif.more +. But the HomePod can be muted; you just need to use a voice command.

According to Consumer Reports, the HomePod is better than early generation smart speakers.

When it comes to repairability, Homepod has been awarded a poor score of 1/10 by iFixit.

Meanwhile, the other smart assistants were able to do much better.

And now we all understand why the fix price for the HomePod is so steep: The device costs $350. If you add the shipping cost, it'll get closer to $349.

It exclusively plays tunes from Apple's own music subscription service, Apple Music, which costs $10 a month and offers over 45 million songs.

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