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turtle
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2023-01-18, 09:59

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Apple today announced HomePod (2nd generation), a powerful smart speaker that delivers next-level acoustics in a gorgeous, iconic design. Packed with Apple innovations and Siri intelligence, HomePod offers advanced computational audio for a groundbreaking listening experience, including support for immersive Spatial Audio tracks. With convenient new ways to manage everyday tasks and control the smart home, users can now create smart home automations using Siri, get notified when a smoke or carbon monoxide alarm is detected in their home, and check temperature and humidity in a room — all hands-free.
The new HomePod is available to order online and in the Apple Store app starting today, with availability beginning Friday, February 3.
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Matter Support

Matter launched last fall, enabling smart home products to work across ecosystems while maintaining the highest levels of security. Apple is a member of the Connectivity Standards Alliance, which maintains the Matter standard, along with other industry leaders. HomePod connects to and controls Matter-enabled accessories, and serves as an essential home hub, giving users access when away from home.
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HomePod (2nd generation) is available to order for $299 (US) from apple.com/store and in the Apple Store app in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, the UK, the US, and 11 other countries and regions starting today, with availability beginning Friday, February 3.
Hmmm... I'm sure there are major improvements but the specific Matter support seems to be the biggest thing I'm seeing. I don't recall what the original sold for and I don't feel like looking it up right now.

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2023-01-18, 10:27

Originally, $349, then lowered to $299, same as this one.

That's… bizarre. They discontinue it, then introduce largely the same product two years later?

Unless Marco Arment is right and there was a severe design defect, perhaps to the point where they risked having to issue a recall. So instead, they canceled the product, fixed it, reintroduced it. But does that take two years?
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2023-01-18, 10:35

Importantly, the power cables are now color-matched.



Never thought about it on my M1 MBP and now can't unsee it.

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2023-01-18, 11:06

Another useless smart speaker. I mean I can count the number of times I use Siri a year on one hand, so clearly I’m not the target user.
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2023-01-18, 12:26

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Another useless smart speaker. I mean I can count the number of times I use Siri a year on one hand, so clearly I’m not the target user.
This.

I’ll stick with my Sonos speakers.
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2023-01-18, 12:52

I like the idea, but have a question about execution.

I use the Amazon product to control lights at home. Anyone in the family can turn things on an off, and make adjustments. It is not trained to voices (yet).

We might assume the HomePod can be trained to recognize multiple voices, but what is the experience in a home when multiple people have Apple mobile devices - is there a cacophony of Siris answering the person issuing commands? I have experienced being able to invoke other people's iPhones when speaking to my own, and wonder if there's potential for mild bedlam?

I even have my watch and my phone answering me when I ask to dial up a friend. Who's doing the call, my watch or my phone, or even my computer - and now add in a HomePod!

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2023-01-18, 14:03

I do not have HomePods though I do have HP minis. I also have Sonos for most of my listening around the house.

I will say my house uses Siri/HomePod minis all the time. Timers in the kitchen, lights on/off, what is the forecast... I mean really all those things they say you can do with it. Music does happen, but it really goes to Sonos more because of quality.

The minis also have a very long audible range. By that I mean, I can be in my office and call out to Siri and it isn't uncommon that the mini in the family room is the one that responds instead of my phone or Watch that are right beside me.

The new HomePods might sounds amazing, but I don't anticipate they will ever have the same pull as Sonos for my home.

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2023-01-18, 14:05

Oh, also looks like the Temp/humidity sensor is finally going to be put into action with the new updates. I'm looking forward to what data that provides me.

I mean, if the humidity gets so high turn on the dehumidifier kind of thing.

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2023-01-18, 17:35

I have Sonos for music in the house. Plays the wife/kids playlists and my radio stations from different parts of the globe. I’ve turned off all the voice/mic/ digital assistant bits though it’s probably still spying on us. I wonder if Apple’s HomePods can use AirPlay2 to interact with the Sonos and play in sync with it?
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2023-01-18, 18:20

Ordered two. Interested to hear how they render spatial/surround audio as a set when paired to an Apple TV.
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turtle
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2023-01-19, 10:07

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I have Sonos for music in the house. Plays the wife/kids playlists and my radio stations from different parts of the globe. I’ve turned off all the voice/mic/ digital assistant bits though it’s probably still spying on us. I wonder if Apple’s HomePods can use AirPlay2 to interact with the Sonos and play in sync with it?
Kinda, but it is more from your source rather than the HomePod. So when you add Sonos to the HomeKit environment it is just a speaker in that room. If you ask a HomePod to play music it will, by default, only play music from itself. If you say "play *music* in the kitchen" then it will play from all speakers in the kitchen, including Sonos.

If you are initiating play from an iDevice or Mac you can play the music from speaker groups that include the Sonos speakers and/or the HomePods. Generally it is fairly seamless. The challenge is if you just ask for music via Siri and don't designate a room/group.

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2023-01-19, 14:13

hmmm... So I can control Sonos via Apple/Homekit, but I wouldn't be able to control Sonos without going into the Sonos app. I'm really the only one in the house who uses it for Radio, but I love being able to grab international radio stations via Sonos' numerous apps.

I wonder how Apple does on this score: most radio stations have a web page where they stream their on-air content. Is Apple/Siri able to simply search the web, grab the correct publicly available stream and play it, all via voice control?

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turtle
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2023-01-19, 14:22

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hmmm... So I can control Sonos via Apple/Homekit, but I wouldn't be able to control Sonos without going into the Sonos app. I'm really the only one in the house who uses it for Radio, but I love being able to grab international radio stations via Sonos' numerous apps.

I wonder how Apple does on this score: most radio stations have a web page where they stream their on-air content. Is Apple/Siri able to simply search the web, grab the correct publicly available stream and play it, all via voice control?
Not exactly, you configure and set up Sonos with their app. You can always control it with their app, but you can also control them with HomeKit integration. Volume controls and such work as expected.

If you want to use a Sonos specific source I'm sure you would require their app to do so. Of course, this can be iDevice or Mac/PC based.

I've not been able to get Siri to play anything that isn't from Apple Music. I understand you can integrate Pandora, Spotify and others now but general internet searches would refer you to your phone and then initiate play from it. You wouldn't be able to handsfree make that happen as it is now.

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