Apple has given a name to its technology that will enable a pair of HomePods to automatically detect and balance each other to create stereo-like sound following an upcoming software update: FullRoom.
Emphasis should be placed on stereo-like sound, as HomePod reviews published today confirm that users won’t be able to set one speaker as the right channel and another as the left channel. Instead, as Apple notes, HomePods will use advanced beamforming capabilities to create a more immersive soundstage.
Apple also confirmed that FullRoom is coming first, according to Matthew Panzarino, while the HomePod’s multi-room audio support via AirPlay 2 will be available at a later date. Both features are currently listed as “coming later this year” on Apple’s website, so it was assumed they would be released in tandem.
HomePod launches this Friday in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia, and availability of the speaker is beginning to tighten ahead of time.Related Roundup: HomePodBuyer’s Guide: HomePod (Buy Now)Discuss this article in our forums