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Better keep it safe: Apple HomePod fix costs $279

Better keep it safe: Apple HomePod fix costs $279

The latest teardown reveals that the speaker is made of high-quality materials, but that does not necessarily translate into allowing DIYers to take a chance and fix something if the gadget starts behaving erratically. Just download the Apple Music app from the App Store. The testing outlet says that the "Very Good" rating awarded to the HomePod puts it ahead of many other smart speakers, but that the Songs One and Google Home Max receive audio scores that are slightly higher. The Apple HomePod is the company's first-and a bit overdue-foray into the intelligent audio device field and it will, naturally, be compared to the more established players like the Amazon Echo line of products, the Google Home and Alexa-enabled just-about-everything.

The assumption was that Apple was hanging back to study the pain points, so when the HomePod was finally released, it would be the best smart speaker on the market. If a second HomePod is placed in the same space, the speakers will recognize each other and automatically deflect and balance their audio to create an immersive, surrounding stereo experience. According to various media sources around the web, Apple's newest smart speaker falls short when it comes to sound quality. Despite the fact that these are marketed as 'speakers, ' most are more a housing for a virtual assistant that can also incidentally play music. That's a hard question to answer for a few reasons. And HomePod repeats that algorithmic optimization whenever you move it. This means, if you own a HomePod, anyone can access your messages or emails from the device without you even knowing.

And I haven't even gotten to how bad Siri is! Nope. Need to set two timers with Siri? It also failed to match the audio performance of the cheapest offering from multi-room wireless audio leader Sonos. I do this with my Google Home by telling it I want Relaxation Mode and it turns the lights on at 25% in my office while also firing up an acoustic playlist on the Sonos One.

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Early on in the process, iFixit found that the HomePod is one of the more hard devices in existence to pry open. And of course, she can control any HomeKit device in the home.

Apple CEO Tim Cook introduced the HomePod at a keynote address in June 2017, saying that it would "reinvent home music". Still, Spotify remains the most popular music streaming service out there.

If you do break your HomePod cord maybe buy another one, or don't break it at all.


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