HomePod from Apple is a powerful and intelligent wireless speaker for your home. The combination of Apple Music and Siri makes for a system that learns what you want to listen to and is capable of delivering millions of individual tracks from thousands of globally recognised artists.
It’s also an intelligent home assistant. HomePod responds to your commands, handling simple tasks and controlling elements of your growing smart home.
Wrapped in a seamless mesh fabric designed for both aesthetic and acoustic performance, Homepod is available in White and Space Grey. With a hyper-modern style that blends into many aesthetics, HomePod is also unobtrusive at just under 18 centimetres tall, fitting into many spaces in your home.
On the top of HomePod is a touch activate panel to interact with. This lets you play, pause, skip and adjust volume. Touch and hold the top to talk to Siri. You’ll know Siri is listening by the LED waveform that animates as you speak.
Reasons to buy Apple HomePod
- Access to Apple Music & Siri
- Powered by Apple-designed A8 processor
- Custom designed woofer and 7-tweeter array for a unique sound profile
- Connect over Wi-Fi & Bluetooth
- Voice control for music playback
- Voice control for Siri events: answer queries, send messages, set reminders
- Apple Music learns your tastes for intelligent genre & track suggestions
- Integration with compatible (HomeKit certified) Smart Home equipment
- Simple, instant set up via nearby iOS device
- Tap: Play/Pause
- Double-tap: Next Track
- Triple-tap: Previous Track
- Tap or hold plus: Volume Up
- Tap or hold minus: Volume Down
- Touch and hold: Siri
Apple have completely designed the audio delivery in the HomePod from the ground up. This combines Apple's world-famous industrial design with Apple-engineered software enhancements to provide a high fidelity experience in a huge variety of differing spaces.
Apple's custom high-excursion woofer has a custom amplifier which can play a wide range of deep, rich bass. Even in such a compact, the diaphragm is driven a full 20 millimetres.
Software enhancements continuously analyse the music being played to tune the frequencies for the smoothest, most immersive basslines.
An array of seven beamforming tweeters - each with its own amplifier and transducer - produces a unique sound profile from HomePod.
Each one also has a custom-designed precision acoustic horn to focus sound. This provides excellent directional control and is instrumental in developing an immersive, all-encompassing sound to envelop almost any size room.
Just like Apple's smartphones and tablets, an in-house designed processor powers evrything HomePod does.
This is responsible for the real-time modelling of the woofer mechanics and intelligent buffering of streamed content. Upmixing direct and ambient audio, as well as beamforming audio output to allow the mic to hear your voice over the music is all handled by the A8 chip.
There's no need to worry about wires and complex pairing. Setting up HomePod is as simple as possible. Just plug it in, turn on and any compatible iOS device in range will detect it.
If you have an Apple Music subscription then HomePod is built to bring out the best from your experience.
Combining the intelligence of Siri with access to a vast array of tracks & artists, HomePod can become your personal DJ & Tastemaker, learning your genre preferences and helping you to discover interesting new music.
Over 45 million songs in your home
Apple Music has access to music from several major global publishers so chances are you'll be able to find what you want to listen to. Siri can help you find exactly what you want to hear, and guess what you want to hear next — including tracks from a huge range of genres and moods.
If friends and family are connected to your Wi-Fi network then they can stream music straight to your HomePod. Don’t have Apple Music? Apple is offering three months free with only a rolling monthly service after this.
Learns what you love.
As you're listening to a song, HomePod is listening out for you. Just say “Hey Siri, I like this” or “Hey Siri, add this to my party playlist”. Based on what you say and play, Apple Music & Siri learn your taste in music. This means that after a while you can just let HomePod pick the songs! Open Apple Music on any other device and your playlists & preferences are just where you left them.
Home to an intelligent assistant
HomePod isn't just for music. With the power of Siri, you can also use the system to update you on the latest news, traffic, sport and weather.
Just like Siri on your phone or tablet, you can use HomePod to set reminders and tasks and send messages. You can also hand off phone calls from an iPhone to HomePod seamlessly.
HomePod can also be used as a hub for controlling connected smart home accessories. Whether you have a single smart light bulb or a fully integrated and automated thermostat & heating system, you can just use your voice to make adjustments.
Siri has all kinds of answers
Thanks to Siri, HomePod is great at the things you want to know - and do - in your home. Set timers. Convert measurements. And get live news, sport, weather and traffic. You can also create lists that anyone can add to.
At home with calls and messages
Use HomePod to send messages using just your voice. And when you receive a text, Siri can read it to you. For hands-free conversations, start or receive a call on your iPhone and hand it off to HomePod.
Command a room
Just say “Hey Siri, turn on the lights” or “Hey Siri, make the room cooler”. You can even ask Siri to set scenes, like “Good morning”, that put multiple accessories to work — all at once. A wide range of accessories work with Apple’s HomeKit platform. Just add an accessory to the Home app, then control it with your voice on HomePod.
Coming later in 2018
Additional features will be added to HomePod throughout 2018. These will come free of charge via OTA software updates.
Add a second HomePod for stereo sound
Put another HomePod in the same room and they automatically detect and balance each other. With advanced beamforming capabilities, a HomePod pair is able to create a wider, more immersive soundstage than a traditional stereo pair.
AirPlay 2. Add HomePod to more rooms
When you add HomePod to more than one room, the speakers communicate with each other through AirPlay 2. Play the same music everywhere or play different songs in different rooms. You can also control any other AirPlay 2–compatible speakers.
Apple HomePod Specifications
Size, Weight and Colour
- 172 mm (6.8 inches) high
- 142 mm (5.6 inches) wide
- High-excursion woofer with custom amplifier
- Array of seven horn-loaded tweeters, each with its own custom amplifier
- Six-microphone array for far-field Siri
- Internal low-frequency calibration microphone for automatic bass correction
- Direct and ambient audio beamforming
- Transparent studio-level dynamic processing
- Apple Music
- iTunes music purchases
- iCloud Music Library with an Apple Music or iTunes Match subscription
- AirPlay other content to HomePod from iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV and Mac
- HE-AAC (V1)
- AAC (16 to 320 Kbps)
- protected AAC (from iTunes Store)
- MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps)
- MP3 VBR
- Apple Lossless
- Tap or hold + or – for volume up/down
- Touch and hold for Siri
- Tap to play/pause music or Siri
- Double-tap to skip
- Triple-tap to skip back
Accessibility features help people with disabilities get the most out of HomePod:
- Touch Accommodations
- 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MIMO
- Direct guest access
- Bluetooth 5.0
- iPhone 5s or later
- iPad Pro
- iPad (5th generation)
- iPad Air or later
- iPad mini 2 or later
- iPod touch (6th generation) running iOS 11.2.5 or later
- 802.11 Wi-Fi Internet access
- Apple Music subscription for full music functionality
Electrical and Environmental Requirements
- Built-in power supply
- Line voltage: 100V to 240V AC
- Frequency: 50Hz to 60Hz
- Operating temperature: 0° to 35° C (32° to 95° F)
- Storage temperature: –20° to 45° C (–4° to 113° F)
- Relative humidity: 5% to 90% non-condensing
- Operating altitude: tested up to 3,000 metres (10,000 feet)
- Maximum storage altitude: 4,500 metres (15,000 feet)
- Maximum shipping altitude: 10,500 metres (35,000 feet)
In the Box
- iPhone X
- iPhone 8 Plus
- iPhone 8
- iPhone 7 Plus
- iPhone 7
- iPhone 6s Plus
- iPhone 6s
- iPhone 6 Plus
- iPhone 6
- iPhone SE
- iPhone 5s
- 12.9-inch iPad Pro
- 10.5-inch iPad Pro
- 9.7-inch iPad Pro
- iPad (5th generation)
- iPad Air 2
- iPad Air
- iPad mini 4
- iPad mini 3
- iPad mini 2
- iPod touch (6th generation)