For those who have been hoping to make use of the HomePod as a daily Bluetooth speaker, neglect about that. Apple has revealed extra concerning the wi-fi functionality and audio sources for its Siri-powered system, and whereas it has the required for Bluetooth streaming, at present it solely helps third-party companies via Apple’s proprietary AirPlay protocol. As was anticipated, that just about eliminates Android and different units as sources, even in the event you’re working Apple Music, making the HomePod a product strictly for Apple system house owners.
Moreover, simply to set it up, you will want an iOS 11-capable Apple system, as the Verge notes. And for third-party apps like Spotify, you will not be capable to play songs through Siri voice instructions, it appears. As soon as it is put in, nonetheless, visitors with iOS eight and up and OS X Yosemite and later will be capable to join through peer-to-peer AirPlay.
This is the total checklist of audio sources: Apple Music, iTunes music purchases, iCloud Music Library (through an Apple Music or iTunes Match subscription), Beats 1 dwell radio, podcasts, and “AirPlay different content material to HomePod from iPhone, iPad, iPod contact, Apple TV and Mac.”
From the get-go, the HomePod is considerably handicapped towards rival merchandise. The Sonos One, for example, helps you to connect with WiFi and play music from no matter supply you need, and its Alexa voice assistant will enable you to play your Spotify tunes, too. Sonos is even rubbing it in a bit by promoting two Sonos Ones for the value of a HomePod, which in any occasion will not help stereo pairing till updates arrive later this 12 months.