Homepod First Look
Apple just released its first speaker, which doubles as a personal assistant. We decided to take one for a spin and see how it works.
Like all Apple products, the packaging is minimal, with little instruction included. In terms of plug and play, you would expect this from Apple. Not so fast, as no where does it tell you about making sure you have the Apple Home app installed and working. With a little help from the website, the speaker came to life.
Once connected to your iOS device, using the speaker is as simple as saying “Hey Siri”… Want to play music, Hey Siri play music. Want to know the weather, Hey Siri, what’s the temperature? The unit has no external buttons so everything is done by asking Siri, or using tapping commands on the top of the speaker.
All in all the music quality is excellent. And unless you forget and ask Alexa to help, it is very responsive. Obviously the unit is more expensive than comparable products, but if you use other Apple products add this one to your arsenal, and you will enjoy it.