If Apple gets anything pitch-perfect with HomePod, its new smart speaker, it’s the setup process. We’ve got our hands on the Apple Music streaming speaker ahead of its public launch, and have been wasting no time running some of our favorite tracks through it to see how it holds up to alternatives like Sonos and Amazon’s Echo. All the same, what already sets HomePod apart is just how easy it is to set up.
If you’ve used Apple’s AirPods, the initial HomePod experience won’t be too unfamiliar. Plug the speaker in, unlock your iPhone – or iPad, or iPod touch – and hold it nearby, and a dialog box pops up showing the nearby HomePod. Tap setup, and there are just a few steps to go through.
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