More Details About The New Apple HomePod Revealed

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It connects to Apple Music wirelessly through Wi-Fi and to other Apple devices, including iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV, through AirPlay 2.

Even though FCC approval doesn't necessarily tell us that the company will launch the device pretty quickly, we do know that the documents released by the FCC are from September show us there haven't been major hardware changes in the product recently, if any, over the past several months.

Despite previous delays in shipments of the HomePod, a smart speaker sold by Apple, Inventec announced that its production schedule is back on track and that shipments will be begin next month, with an optimistic estimate of initial sales to reach 10 million units. In fact, a Bloomberg piece on the HomePod's development reveals that Apple engineers were completely caught off guard when Amazon released its Echo smart speaker in November of that year.

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Although at US$349, the HomePod has a higher price than its competitor the Amazon Echo at US$179, the device is expected to maintain Apple's philosophy of meeting the needs of the user. Now that the HomePod has obtained FCC approval, we may see Apple launch the HomePod in the near future.

New icons unearthed in the latest iOS 11.2.5 developer build suggest you can disable the always-listening microphones on Apple's HomePod speaker. The HomePod is differentiated largely by its emphasis on sound quality (in addition to its Siri powers) and features Apple's custom A8 ARM-based silicon to give it some genuine on-board smarts.

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