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More HomePod details: gesture controls, AppleCare + coverage, use in other countries, and more! [atualizado: FLAC]

Finally! Earlier today, after much waiting, we learned about the launch details of the HomePod, Apple's first smart speaker. Now, as expected, a whole host of details about the device are popping up there. We, of course, let's take a look at all of them.

As reported by 9to5Mac, Apple has released a basic HomePod user guide and with it details how you can control the speaker with gestures on the touch-sensitive surface on the top of the device. Not surprisingly, the gestures are very similar to those already in EarPods: when a song is playing, you can pause or resume playback with one tap; Two taps skip the track while three return the previous one.

HomePod Gestures

In addition to the command “E a, Siri” ("Hey Siri"), users can touch and hold the surface to activate the digital assistant. During playback, the upper screen will also display “+” and “-“ buttons, which the user can touch or hold to increase or decrease the volume.

Apple also offered more details about using HomePod as speakerphone. In the press release about the device, unearthed by our friend Guilherme Rambo, the company states that, in conjunction with an iPhone, the speaker can be used for calls with “vivid and clear audio quality”, but cannot perform or receiving calls yourself, you need to make or answer a call on iPhone and then forward it to HomePod.

Fortunately, the use of the device by multiple users seems to be quite simple (which was expected considering the HomePod home character). Anyone in the house who is on an iPhone call can pass it on to the speaker without any hassle once it's set up; The same rule applies to Siri and when residents are listening to music on Apple Music (through the account registered on the device, this).

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Talking about Apple musicIt is good to note that HomePod native playback does not only contemplate streaming Users will also be able to play music acquired at iTunes Storeas well as reproduce the radio Beats 1 or podcasts directly through the speaker, without having to resort to AirPlay (which will be needed, for example, for other music platforms like Spotify).

A very important point for Brazilian users and all other countries who will not receive HomePod at their initial launch (ie the whole world except the USA, UK and Australia) is the possibility of the speaker operating in territories other than those where it has already been officially launched. As expected, yes, the device be able to work anywhere as long as it is in English, or in languages ​​that are gradually being added (the next will be French and German, whereas HomePod will be launched in France and Germany in the spring of the northern hemisphere).

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Finally, an important subject to be addressed: AppleCare +. HomePod's extended warranty plan cost $ 39, as the 9to5Mac found in a document distributed to Ma's stores. The value extends the device warranty for two years and covers up to two incidents of accidental damage that compromises its operation (static damage does not come into play) for each of these repairs, you will need to shell out more. $ 39.

An interesting bonus is that the warranty also covers AirPort products (you thought they were dead, no?) And, as usual, brings the old phone support that helps the user set up the products.

Update by Eduardo Marques 01/24/2018 s 21:53

As with Apple TVs (4th generation and 4K) and iPhones 7/7 Plus, 8/8 Plus and X, HomePod also features audio file playback support. FLAC.

FLAC, for those who don't know, acronym for Free Lossless Audio Codec, or Lossless Free Audio Codec. In practice, we are talking about a lossless audio compression codec unlike MP3 and AAC formats, which remove some information from the audio stream to make the file lighter.

For a high quality speaker, the ability to play files in this format was more than expected.

via 9to5Mac