Apple details the energy use of its always-on HomePod speaker

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The HomePod is able to scan your room and adjust sound to match the acoustics, and it showed: I was able to enjoy the music it produced wherever I stood in Apple's demo room, an austere living space with a few bits of choice furniture. Siri can also tell you all kinds of things about the song you're playing: when it came out, who's playing drums, the band's history, and more.

Now that the HomePod is almost here, Apple is dribbling out details of what its first smart speaker will do. including, apparently, that it's a power miser.

That's a smart move by Sonos. Features: ● This Bundle Includes: (2) Single Sonos One Voice Controlled Smart Speakers ● Fill two separate rooms with different music, or link them together to hear the same song. Like the Sonos One, and, the HomePod will also connect to a voice assistant-in this case, Siri-to answer questions, send messages, and play music, among other tasks.

Sonos is offering a promotion on its new "Sonos One" speaker today. On Google and Amazon's smart speakers users can issue voice commands to Spotify but not Apple Music.

In addition to Google Assistant, Sonos is also promising support for Apple AirPlay 2 in 2018.

Though delaying the release of the HomePod is likely to have little impact on the financial results of the Cupertino, California-based tech giant, what might be of concern is the fact that during the holiday season consumers purchased rival speakers and might therefore not have an immediate need for the smart speaker.

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You can pair two HomePods to create a stereo pair. By comparison, the Sonos Ones and the Google Home Max both support Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and more.

While it's possible delivery times have held steady for HomePod because no one wants one, the preponderance of evidence suggests software was always to blame for the delay.

In a blog post Tuesday, Sonos knocked the shortcomings of Apple's HomePod. That feels like light years away from when Google released Google Home in 2016. The company has also talked about its use of differential privacy to ensure any data it uses to improve its services can't traced back to individual users.

"The HomePod is powered by Apple's A8 chip and is equipped with spatial awareness and Apple-engineered audio technology, including seven tweeters and a 4" woofer that Apple suggests will provide sound that will "rock the house".

The HomePod will have to sound significantly better than the Sonos One to make it worthwhile.

Unfortunately, the ads don't show us anything we didn't already know about HomePod and only show the device itself for a couple of seconds.

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