Apple has released iOS 11.4 which includes the HomePod 11.4 update. This free software update introduces wireless multi-room audio system with support for HomePod stereo pairs and a new multi-room audio system in iOS 11.4 – everywhere practically using an iOS device, HomePod, Apple TV or by asking Siri.
According to the company, HomePod combines Apple-engineered audio technology and advanced software to set a new audio quality standard for a small speaker. Boasting a large, Apple-designed woofer for deep, clean bass, a custom array of seven beamforming tweeters that provide pure high frequency acoustics, HomePod is able to preserve the richness and intent of the original recordings, the Cupertino-based tech giant said.
Nonetheless, despite many positives, the device has received mixed reaction from Apple fans who have complained about the limited Siri functionality and needless to say – pricing. But Apple says, Siri, has gained the trust of over half a billion devices, has a deep knowledge of music and understands personal preferences and tastes. According to the tech major, Siri can even set a timer, play a podcast, check the news, sports, traffic and weather, and control a wide range of HomeKit smart home accessories.
HomePod was already available in the US since February and soon thereafter in Australia and the UK. However, the smart device that will be retailed for USD 426 - roughly £319 will be arriving in Canada, France and Germany on June 18 taking the total of Siri-powered smart speaker’s availability to 12 countries.