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Apple HomePod features unearthed by a new firmware version

Apple HomePod works with Apple Music app and has the ability to sync all of the user's playlists.

, Gadgets Now|
Jul 30, 2017, 11.09 AM IST
NEW DELHI: Apple introduced its HomePod smart speaker at its WWDC 2017 developers' conference. However, the company didn't reveal much about the device at the time of launch. Now, Apple has released a firmware for HomePod speaker that hints at some of its features.

According to the firmware received by developer Steve Troughton-Smith, the smart speaker bears the name 'AudioAccessory1,1'. Also, the device runs iOS and uses a shell app called 'SoundBoard'.

Smith tweeted along with an image, "Looks like the 'shell' app on HomePod is called SoundBoard. It runs a full iOS stack, unsurprisingly. Its apps are prefixed with 'Air'"

Furthermore, diving deep into the firmware led Smith to find out that HomePod may come with a VoiceOver feature as well.

In terms of looks, the developer remarked that the Siri-enabled smart speaker could have a 32x32 LED matrix. This means that HomePod might be able to show different symbols on top such as icons, graphic equalizer, weather and temperature. This will be in addition to the Plus, Minus and Siri button, which are placed on top of the speaker.

As Apple mentioned during the introduction of HomePod, the speaker will be available in White and Space Gray colour variants. It is under 7-inch tall and takes its cylindrical design cues from the Mac Pro. The device has a seven array tweeter with individual drivers placed at the bottom, along with precision acoustic horns.

The speaker includes features such as real time acoustic modelling and multi-chain echo cancellation, among others. Powered by an Apple A8 CPU, the 'HomePod' includes sensors that detect ambient noise and adjust the music output accordingly.

Apple HomePod works with Apple Music app and has the ability to sync all of the user's playlists. With six microphones placed in the middle, the speaker can play music and deliver other information by using Siri as the medium of communication.

Besides music, HomePod can play podcasts, give news updates, traffic information, sports information and reminders. Priced at $349, it will be made available in December this year in the US, UK and Australia. The speaker will reach other regions next year.
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