Apple just announced their new HomePod 2nd Gen device, and I was lucky enough to be one of the first to hear a smart speaker.
The tech giant invited several journalists to share their thoughts on the HomePod 2 listening experience, and it was certainly eye-opening.
According to Apple, the company’s HomePod 2 is a smart speaker with “groundbreaking sound and intelligence.”
The listening experience certainly underscored the gadget’s impressive capabilities put to the test.
HomePod 2 can sense its surroundings and adapt its sound to the surrounding surfaces in real time.
Aimed to immerse the listener in clear vocals and instrumentals, it feels like every beat hits you.
A selection of songs played on HomePod 2, including an acoustic version of Hotel California by The Eagles.
Close your ears and you’ll easily be convinced you’re at a live Eagles concert.
This is all thanks to the spatial audio features available in Apple’s other products.
According to Apple, spatial audio “brings a theatrical sound from the movie or video you’re watching, so the sound seems to come from your surroundings.”
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The same logic applies when listening to songs.
Users can listen to a catalog of over 100 million songs on Apple Music.
Spotify enthusiasts cannot connect the app to HomePod 2 at this time.
The device is available in two colors, white and black (the company calls it Midnight).
It will be released on February 3rd, but you can order it online now on the Apple Store website for $299/£299.