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Apple’s HomePod will be incredibly easy to setup—but there’s a catch

by Danny Zepeda | August 22, 2017August 22, 2017 2:30 pm EST

Apple is making a habit of revealing important information in its software. Last month, the company all but confirmed the iPhone 8’s new design through the HomePod’s firmware. This time, Apple has accidentally shown off what customers can expect when setting up the HomePod.

Out of the box, the HomePod will have to be paired up with an iPhone. The HomePod doesn’t have the same W1 chip that makes pairing Apple products seamless, but will have to pair up with an iPhone through some manner. An image discovered in the iOS 11 developer preview shows off what it will look like when pairing the HomePod to an iPhone. It looks nearly identical to how AirPods connect, with a card popping up on the iPhone displaying the product.

Setting up the HomePod will be similar to how you set up any Apple product, but the iOS reference suggests the HomePod will utilize Siri more prominently. During the process, users will have to enter a four-digit code for authentication. Just like other Apple devices, the user’s Apple ID will have to be confirmed to complete iCloud syncing.

Other tidbits of information are that users who don’t enable two-factor authentication may not be able to complete some steps of the pairing process and the HomePod will need to be connected to a WPA/WPA2 Personal Wi-Fi network.

Users will also have to choose Siri’s gender on the HomePod, agree or decline to send Apple diagnostic information and decide whether to update software automatically or manually during the process.

The HomePod isn’t expected to arrive until December, so we won’t be able to confirm this latest news for quite a while. There’s always the chance Apple may change up the process in the coming months.

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Born and raised in Southern California, Danny grew up on a steady diet Pixar, Star Wars and Steven Spielberg movies. Unbeknownst to him, this was...