Leaked HomePod sounds are absolutely delightful | Cult of Mac

Leaked HomePod sounds are absolutely delightful


Apple's new HomePod smart speaker is ready to rock your house.
HomePod will launch in December, but supplies will be constrained.
Photo: Apple

Apple’s latest firmware for the unreleased HomePod revealed a new set of sounds that the smart speaker will use to indicate various user interactions.

The new tones for the Siri-powered speaker sound different from the ones leaked in a previous firmware build. They also serve different purposes. While the sounds are simple, they are quite lovely — and worthy of a $350 speaker.

Take a listen:

Developer Guilherme Rambo also discovered that if you don’t like the HomePod’s default alarm sound, you can replace it with a song from Apple Music.

Early HomePod testers received a firmware update yesterday with several changes, including the new set of tones. Apple also added support for SiriKit in iOS 11.2 beta 1, giving developers the ability to start integrating their apps with HomePod using voice commands.

The HomePod is set to be released in December, though an exact launch date still hasn’t been given. Demand for the speaker is expected to be exceptionally high heading into holiday shopping season.