Apple’s HomePod was by far one of the most exciting announcements at WWDC 2017. A totally new kind of technology for Apple’s realm of expertise, HomePod is a speaker system that also acts as a Siri virtual assistant and HomeKit controller, among other things.

In this piece, we’ll go over the HomePod’s tech specs so that you have an idea of what kind of technology is packed into the new accessory.

Size and weight

  • Dimensions:
    • 6.8 inches high (172 mm)
    • 5.6 inches wide (142 mm)
  • Weight:
    • 5.5 pounds (2.5 kg)
  • Available in two colors

Audio Technology

  • High-excursion woofer with custom amplifier
  • Array of seven horn-loaded tweeters, each with its own custom amplifier
  • Six-microphone array for far-field Siri and room sensing
  • Internal low-frequency calibration microphone for automatic bass correction
  • Direct and ambient audio beamforming
  • Transparent studio-level dynamic processing

Wireless

 

  • 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi‑Fi with MIMO
  • Multiroom speaker support with AirPlay 2

Languages

  • English (Australia, UK, U.S.)

These are the official tech specs for the HomePod.

It’s worth noting that the device is not Bluetooth enabled, and connects to your devices and HomeKit accessories via Wi-Fi only. Additionally, there’s no battery, so it must be plugged into a power source at all times to remain functional, which might be a downer for some.

HomePod isn’t available for purchase yet as of this writing, but it will be available in Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States for $349 starting in December 2017. HomePod will join the rest of the world in the beginning of 2018.

Will you be getting your hands on a HomePod or two for your household? Share in the comments section below!

 

  • I still think this is such a missed opportunity. There’s a lot of great hardware in there but it’s limited to sticking in some corner and playing wireless music. Sorry but there are a lot of cheaper options. Why not let us hook this up and do conference calling or record and playback music? There’s a lot of “pro” users that could benefit from something that wasn’t so restricted. But for “non pro” users why can’t it include a 5 hour battery so we can unplug it and take it with us or something? Want to have some music at a picnic why not let us stream off of our iPhone’s data plan?

    If Apple wanted to get into the game so late they should have made something truly versatile and useful. This is… not what I would have hoped for.

    • Prof. Peabody

      You’re just asking for a lot of extra stuff without even considering if it’s possible, so your criticism really has no weight at all. For instance, if it had a “five hour battery” it would be almost twice the size it currently is.

      • Personally I find it more ridiculous to think that after building a device capable of capturing audio from any point in the room through its 6 internal microphones that it would be impossible to let us use that audio for other purposes (like a Skype call for instance).

        But I have to ask, are you actually telling me that to power the Home Pod for 5 hours I’d need a battery that’s 14x larger than the battery that powers the MacBook Pro for 8+ hours (speakers, microphones and all)?

        Surely a person who just complained about criticism without weight would be able to back up their claims that this would require a battery so large that in terms of sheer volume it would be the equivalent of roughly 2 13″ macbook pros (aluminum housing and all) stacked on top of each other. So I’d love to hear more about how you arrived at that calculation (especially considering Apple has yet to even publish the power consumption for it).

  • Jamessmooth

    The most surprising thing about this was that I was into it. I was almost certain there was no “Siri speaker” they could show me to get my attention. I was wrong. The two biggest downers: has to be plugged in all the time and won’t be available until December. Late availability is a missed opportunity, because I’m going to keep my Alexa Show preorder. If this was available sooner, I might have cancelled it.

  • :D

    I just don’t understand the hype around home assistants. If you have an iPhone or Apple Watch you could just use hey siri on that. If you want the speaker alone then there are much cheaper speakers available. Waste of money imo.

    • Robert Stukenbroeker

      Of course there are cheaper speakers available, but you get what you pay for. Audio reviews of the HomePod are very positive. Even beating out a similarly priced Sonos speaker.

      • :D

        If you’re buying for the audio quality then fine but most people seem to buy home assistants just for the voice assistant functionality

      • Peter Kussell

        When Apple enters a market it ALWAYS enters at the high end, and will redefine or reinvent a category. So offering a device with cutting edge audio, a smart integration with home WiFi and its Apple Music service shows how it leverages its software, hardware and service platforms. No one else has this kind of integration, which will feed and build off of each other. Also I have a Sonos 3, which at $300 is good but needs its own network, doesn’t integrate with anything, not least of all a home WiFi network. The other products will be catering to people who never cared for quality in the first place. They all have Androids.

  • Wesh

    Might wait for HomePod 2 with bluetooth and battery. Unless they sound truly spectacular.