For a product that Apple began taking orders for on Friday, we nonetheless don’t know a lot in regards to the HomePod. And, within the run-up to its February ninth free up, persons are nonetheless understanding precisely what it’s in a position to.
Apple’s web site means that the Siri-powered voice keep an eye on capability solely works with Apple Music, as an example — it states “Siri works with Apple Music. Subscription required for Apple Music.” But what about if you happen to use iCloud Music Library via iTunes Match, the virtual song garage and playback device that Apple Music in large part outmoded?
An exhaustive breakdown from iMore prompt that, for some reason why, iTunes Match-only customers wouldn’t have the ability to invoke playback requests with Siri for his or her song saved in iCloud. However, iMore’s Serenity Caldwell later adopted up to elucidate that iTunes Match shall be lined as neatly, and Daring Fireball’s John Gruber has additionally heard that the HomePod works this fashion.
The HomePod acts as a normal AirPlay speaker as neatly, after all, so you'll beam content material to it from any AirPlay-enabled app on your telephone. You would possibly even favor this to Siri. (I more than likely will.)
But Apple has been strangely quiet in regards to the HomePod thus far, and those who order the speaker nowadays aren’t somewhat positive what they’re going to be getting. We’re taking a look ahead to receiving the tool and studying for ourselves, then — keep tuned.