After several months Apple's new HomePod smart speaker finally waited in mid-February. Sound quality reviews have been positive, and mostly work as advertised and as you expect. But there were some surprises, most good, but some bad. Whether you have a HomePod on your credenza (which may be a bad place for it!) Or you decide if you want to buy one, here are ten things you should know:
- Furniture rings. Let's get this out of the way. HomePod may leave the rings on wood oil products because the silicone base can react with certain wood surfaces . It must be embarrassing for a company proud of material expertise like Apple. The solution is simple, just seen something beneath it.
- Single-user. Everyone in the room can provide Siri commands, but in the case of account-based connections, HomePod is a single-user device. So if you configure that which is incredibly easy, it will connect to your Apple Music account, your iMessage account, your iCloud account for reminders, and so on. It's fine for you, but your family members will not be able to access their Apple Music playlists, for example.
- Speakerphone. HomePod may be the best speakerphone you've ever used. Alas, you can not start a call on it, but when you start one on iPhone, you can transfer the conversation by pressing the new audio button that replaced the Speaker button in iOS 11.2.5 and selecting HomePod.
- Apple Music. HomePod can act as an AirPlay speaker, and can play audio from other Apple devices. But when you control it via Siri, the music must come from your Apple Music, iTunes Store purchases, or be matched in the iCloud Music Library. To send Mac audio from apps other than iTunes to HomePod, get Rogue Amoebas Airfoil .
- sound-power. There may be little, but the HomePod has plenty of power. At 6 feet, we measured the audio output at 100% volume at 80 decibels, which is higher than it is comfortable.
- Volume. When you talk about volume, you control it with percentages, like in "Hey Siri, set the volume to 15 percent." You can also press the + and – buttons at the top of HomePod to adjust the volume in increments of 5%.  Electrical Use. HomePod can be switched on all the time – it has no power switch – but it uses very little power. In the test, it used 2.5 to 3 watts when it was idle, but has recently been used, and 4 to 7 watts when played. Leave it quiet in a quiet room for a while, and power consumption drops to 0 watts with just a sporadic 1.5 watts spike.
- Good listening. HomePod hears your commands remarkably well, even when playing high volume music. You should not have to shout on it.
- Hello Siri. If you're in earshot of a HomePod and want to give Siri a command on iPhone or Apple Watch, do not say "Hey Siri" right away. Instead of using the iPhone, unlock it first. Or, to use Apple Watch, increase your wrist. Apple has an explanation of how Hey Siri is working on multiple devices .
- Apple TV. You can play audio from your Apple TV via HomePod. On the main screen of Apple TV, press and hold the Play / Pause button on Siri Remote, and then select HomePod before playing a show. Or, while playing video, swipe down on the Siri remote, swipe right to select Sound, and then select HomePod in the speaker list.
After transferring sound to HomePod, you can use Hey Siri commands to stop and play Apple TV content, change volume, and even rewind and fast forward with a certain amount of time ("Hi Siri, coil back 10 seconds "). However, other things like Siri on Apple TV, such as telling you who are stars in a movie, can only work when you press and hold the Siri button on the Siri remote.
Much like HomePod works well right now will be better in the coming year. Apple plans to free up software updates that will enable two HomePods in the same room to provide true stereo audio, and it allows you to control multiple HomePods at the same time for audio in multiple rooms.