Making another addition to the family, The new Apple Home pod was revealed at the annual WWDC conference earlier last week. The Home Pod is being marketed as a speaker and home assistant powered by Siri. It will be available in stores from December 2017 for $350 equivalent to 1526.00 Ghanaian Cedi as at now and is the Apple version of the Amazon Echo and Google Home only costing twice as much.
The simple but trendy -Designed Home Pod comes in 2 colors (black and white for now). Ovoid in shape, it has seven tweeters in the bottom along with a four-inch woofer and six microphones at the top.
Why should you consider getting Home pod?
- Being an Apple product. the Home Pod beats its competitors by working perfectly with Apple Music giving it an advantage over Amazon Echo and Google home both which do not really work with Apple’s music streaming service.
- With low distortion, It delivers the deepest and cleanest bass possible. The new Apple product also has a 4-inch woofer in the middle, a ring of seven tweeters in its base and an a8 chip that powers it the same chip that powers the iPhone. That’s a lot of value in the speakers for such a gadget.
- Apple’s Home Pod has also been built with a room sensing technology perfectly optimized to deliver an immersive music-listening experience wherever it is placed. This means it focuses sound waves towards the parts of a room where people are.
- The device also has a deep apple integration, for the kind of person who uses Apple Mail, Apple Calendar, Apple Apps and Apple Reminders.
Comparison versus other home assists
|Categories||HomePod||Amazon Echo||Google Home|
|Speakers||7 inch tweeters, 4 inch subwoofer||2.5 inch tweeter, 2 inch woofer||2 inch driver and dual 2-inch passive radiators|
|Processor||Apple A8||Texas Instruments DM3725CUS100||Marvell 88DE2006|
|Music services supported||Apple Music||Amazon Music, Prime Music, Amazon Music Unlimited, Spotify Premium, Pandora, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, Audible
|Google Play Music, Spotify Premium, Pandora, YouTube Music, TuneIn, iHeartRadio
|Third party developer support||As of now, no||Yes, Alexa Skills||Yes, Assistant actions|
|Connectivity||Wifi||Wifi, Bluetooth||Wifi, Bluetooth|
Is it worth doling out huge sums of money for?
The new Apple Home Pod’s abilities as a home assistant are limited to what Apple allows you to use it for, as compared to the open platform that Amazon has made with Alexa Skills or that which Google would like to foster by allowing developers to bring out things from Home. It is unclear whether it will support third party apps. But it’s too early to call, as the product will be shipping out in December and a lot more features can be added. There’s plenty of time to decide.
WRITER- AYELEY COMMODORE-MENSAH