Following on from the previous information shared by Serenity Caldwell from iMore, hinting that the Apple HomePod Bluetooth speaker would support connections to Apple’s iTunes Match and iCloud services. Apple has today officially confirmed all the audio sources supported by the new Apple HomePod. The new apple Siri speaker is now available to preorder priced at £319, and will start shipping to customers in a weeks time on February 9th, 2018.
The confirmed compatible HomePod audio sources include, Apple Music, iTunes Music Purchases, Podcasts, Beats 1 Live Radio, AirPlay to HomePod from iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV, and Mac and iCloud Music Library integration with an Apple Music or iTunes Match subscription support. Apple Music is available as a subscription service from $9.99 per month and iTunes Match offers a way to carry your full music library as well as iTunes purchases for a yearly subscription price of $24.99.
To recap the Apple HomePod Bluetooth speaker weighs 2.5 kg and measures 172 mm high x 142 mm wide and is available in either Space Gray or White finishes. Internally Apple has equipped the speaker with a “high-excursion” woofer with custom amplifier, together with an array of seven “horn-loaded tweeters”, each equipped with its own custom amplifier. To receive voice commands, Apple has installed a six-microphone array for far-field Siri communication as well as an internal low-frequency calibration microphone for automatic bass correction. For full specifications and to preorder yours for delivery on February 9th, 2018 jump over to the official Apple online store.