Questions & Answers
QuestionDouble the cost of Sonos One, imperceptible better sound, lacking in strength with Siri, lacking in functionality with only Apple Music and Airplay. Why buy this speaker?
- Answer I found it comparable to the Sonos 3. Haven't played with it too much yet but it's pretty nice so far. Siri works for what I need it to do. I like Apple products, if you don't like Apple, there is no convincing.
QuestionCan I connect this to my apple tv? or tv in general and use it as a home theater system as well?
- Answer Yes, you can connect it to your Apple TV and use it as a soundbar.
- Answer It comes with 8 different speakers. They are fortunately all inside of the Apple HomePod.
QuestionHow does it receive power? I see no cord in any picture. Can I set it in the middle of my coffee table, in the center of the room, and not need a cord? Is it battery powered? Thanks.
- Answer It is not battery powered. It requires to be plugged into an outlet to function.
- Answer I asked myself the same question. This is more comparable with Google Max then google mini or google home. This video explains well all of the details and comparisons with Amazon Echo devices and Google Home devices - https://youtu.be/qkS6MnuvbCc Homepod is like Sonos+google mini or is a none brand description, a Wifi Speaker + Smart Speaker. Amazon Echo and Google Home/Mini are Smart speakers with the ability to play sound, not good quality sound.
QuestionWill this work with iPod Touch 6th generation, iPad mini 2 and iPad Pro 9.7 inch? How will I pair the HomePod to my iOS devices?
- Answer Yes. HomePod support goes back all the way to iPhone 5s, 5th-generation iPad, iPad mini 2, first-generation iPad Air, and all sizes of iPad Pro. It also supports the sixth-generation iPod Touch. Your iOS device must be running on iOS 11.2.5 or later. HomePod will pair like AirPods, so when the device you're setting the HomePod up is within proximity, a card will popup on the screen with a picture of the HomePod. Pairing requires a password, which the HomePod can automatically enter by generating a special tone or Siri (via HomePod) can speak a code that you would enter on the iOS device. After that you'll select the home and room for your HomePod (this has to do with the 'Home' app) and HomePod will use your iOS device to automatically configure WiFi, iCloud and iTunes account settings. It's important to note that HomePod requires both Keychain and two-factor authentication to be enabled from 'Settings' on your iOS device(s).
QuestionWhat is meant when it says "only Home-Kit enabled devices can be controlled by HomePod". Will this work with products such as the Insignia Or WeMo Wi-Fi Smart Plugs that I already have from Best Buy?
- Answer Home-Kit enabled devices are devices that are compatible with the "Home" app on your iPhone or iPad, the significance being, they're much easier to pair with the Home app (by scanning a HomeKit barcode) and you can control multiple smart home devices from a central app, versus having to download one app to control lighting, another to control your thermostat, another to control your doorbell, etc. These also will support voice control via Siri for simple commands -- i.e. Siri, turn off the bedroom lights. Or for scenes, for instance saying "Siri, it's move time" and Siri responding by turning off all the lights in your house except the living room lights, dimming the living room lights, lowering the thermostat temperature and locking the door (so basically, a sequence of actions). Hope this helps and I'm recommending some HomeKit products for you to checkout below! Best regards.
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QuestionIs there an option to turn off Siri so it isn't "always on?" Or would I just power on and off? I love Apple ecosystem but still a little creeped out by something listening to me all the time.
- Answer Yes, you can tell Siri to stop listening to you. No joke just say "Hey Siri please stop listening" The HomePod will confirm and then you will have to hold the top of the HomePod to turn the microphones back on.
QuestionCan I Bluetooth my iPod Touch to the HomePod and play my music that way without Apple Music or iTunes Match subscription and only use the pause or stop command?
- Answer The HomePod supports AirPlay so you would be able to stream music from your iOS devices. However, you will not be connecting the iPod Touch to the HomePod via Bluetooth but rather through WiFi, meaning your HomePod and iPod Touch will need to be in the same WiFi network.
QuestionI already have an older HomePod. If I buy a new one, can they both play music in sync when I play from my iPhone?
- Answer I have Four(4) and let me tell you....THEY SURE CAN!!!!!!!!!!!! NO DELAY or lag either they are truly synced. you can can make them all play the same music or have them each play separate music using a different Apple product.
- Answer Yes, it can access music on your iCloud library (Apple Music or iTunes Match). Siri cannot access music from any other source including your Mac's hard drive. You can only play those sources by manually selecting them.
QuestionHow did it sound In the store compared to in your home. I was all set to buy one, but I thought it sounded so bad in the store I did not end up purchasing one. If you could make that comparison let me know I would appreciate it. Thanks.
- Answer It a wide open area no speaker will sound great, at home its designed to read your room and then adjust.I would buy one and try it. You can always return it. (you won't trust me)
QuestionIf I decide to purchase a second HomePod later can the 2 devices be paired as left and right speakers for stereo sound (similar to UE Megaboom)?
- Answer Not yet. That is a feature that will be updated by software. Its already in beta test.
QuestionWhat else do I need in addition to the HomePod? Any special plugs? Do you pull it out of the box, plug it in, pair it with your iPhone, iPad, MacBook and you're done? Does the MacBook need to be in the room to play downloaded music from this device?
- Answer You just take it out of the box, plug into the outlet. Hold your iphone near it, your phone will guide you through the setup. You don’t need MacBook in the same room to play music. As long as your MacBook or iPhone in the same WiFi with the HomePod, you can play music anywhere.
- Answer No car adapter, but if you have an power inverter and a wifi network that your phone and HomePod will be connected to it should work. But this really isn't designed to be used in a vehicle.
- Answer Yes! The HomePod will work perfectly with your new iPhone!
- Answer Yes it is good for listening to any podcast especially through apple podcast app.