There are still a few days left until the official launch of the HomePod, set for next Friday (9/2), but that doesn't mean that Apple's first smart speaker is no longer being ripped apart left and right by analysis around the world (ours, as it could not have left to be, arrive soon). More than that: even Ma opened the doors of her top-secret acoustic laboratory to show details of HomePod development to some happy journalists.
At the The loopJim Dalrymple describes the facility as home to all aspects of audio at Apple. As her senior vice president of global marketing Phil Schiller says, everything from the speaker on iPhones, iPads, and Macs to AirPods, through Siri, and microphone capture goes through several timesprototype by prototype by those acoustic chambers built into the basement of an undisclosed building in Cupertino.
Apple's senior director of audio engineering and design Gary Geaves says Ma has possibly assembled “the world's largest audio and acoustic team” while showing the journalist a completely disassembled HomePod, revealing the company's care to build It is a product from scratch, with all its components designed in-house, rather than simply picking parts here and there from suppliers and assembling something similar to what the market already knows. Even the fabric covering the product has been developed by Apple to ensure maximum acoustic transparency and at the same time conform to all other company standards.
As for the acoustic chambers themselves, Apple offered access to three of them: the main one being the anechoic chamber, built into another room and supported by insulating springs to basically eliminate any external vibrations or noise, it was there that Ma developed all part of it. HomePod directional sound. There is also a specific camera for the voice detection test, which applies varied reverb effects so that the products can capture the "E a, Siri" under any circumstances.
Finally, the third chamber is responsible for the detection of electronic noise, so weak that silence there needs to be absolute. Therefore, the space is over 28 tons of concrete and surrounded by 30cm walls, with more than 80 insulating pieces to create an environment whose sound reaches -2dBA an index below human audible capacity, that is, absolute silence. This camera was originally built for Apple to detect unwanted noises on Macs, but has since expanded into (many) other uses, such as in the development of AirPods.
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O TechCrunch, in turn, was one of the first specialized vehicles to post their impressions about HomePod and, with them, we gained some more information about the product and its technologies which may comprise larger perspectives or small details. For example, the review praises the speaker cable, which, although embedded in the device, is covered in a fabric and made so that it is extremely malevel even though it is relatively thick, allowing it to be hidden or adapted for any placement.
What's more, despite having its sound extremely praised and compared positively with all competitors in the same price range, reviews agree that the speaker does not produce enough volume to fill a house or a very large room. To do this, Apple will release a function called Fullroom, different from already announced MultiRoom In it, two HomePods will work in unison in the same environment, with no separation of the pitch; they will just identify your spatial positions and make the music sound identical throughout the room. This feature will arrive shortly before the MultiRoom, states the site.
O Fullrooom just one more feature within all the technology you've tested, it needs HomePod's extremely spatial detection. I have to say that even though I have no intention of having Apple's new cotton ball at home (all reviews agree that its full capabilities are only harnessed with Apple Music and the full immersion of Ma's ecosystem, which I'm not willing practicing), I'm curious to test the pet and its so-called intelligence.
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Stay tuned that good thing is coming by! 😉