HomePod (white, 2017)

Apple described the HomePod a “breakthrough wireless speaker for the home that delivers amazing audio quality.” HomePod can be controlled using Siri, “with an array of six microphones…users can interact with it from across the room, even while loud music is playing.”

HomePod’s features include an upward-facing woofer, a custom A8 chip, seven beam-forming tweeters (each with an independent amplifier), automatic room-sensing technology to optimize sound, and a six-microphone array with advanced echo cancellation. When Siri is in use, a multicolor waveform appears on the top of the HomePod using a round 272×340 display. In addition, touch controls are also available on the top of the HomePod.

The HomePod was available in white and space gray. Inside, the HomePod was powered by a 1.4 GHz Apple A8 processor and used 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 5.0.

The device runs an operating system that Apple refers to as audioOS (based upon iOS). The audioOS is specifically designed for the HomePod to play audio, run Siri, and control the custom round screen.

When the HomePod was announced in February 2018, multi-speaker support was demonstrated, but the feature was not released until September 2018 along with AirPlay 2. The September 2018 update also added support for multiple timers, Find my Phone, Siri short-cuts, phone calls (while in proximity to iPhone), and music search by lyrics.

I am a fan of the HomePod. I use two in my living room as my primary way of accessing Apple Music and controlling smart home devices. I also added a single HomePod to my bedroom.

Sources: EveryMac.com, Apple.com, Wikipedia.com

iMac Core 2 Duo 20-inch (2007)

iMac Core 2 Duo 20-Inch featured a 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor (two processors on a single chip), 1 GB of RAM, a 320 GB Serial ATA hard drive, a slot-loading DVD+R DL SuperDrive, a built-in iSight video camera, and built-in stereo speakers. The screen was a 20-inch glossy TFT Active Matrix LCD at 1680×1050. Ports included three USB 2.0 ports, a Firewire 400 port, a Firewire 800 port, Gigabit Ethernet, and mini-DVI. It also included built-in AirPort Extreme.

The exterior aluminum case had a black plastic back. The iMac Core 2 Duo also shipped with a matching aluminum Apple Keyboard with a design similar to the keyboard on the MacBook at the time.

Source: EveryMac.com

Mac mini Core 2 Duo (2007)

The Mac mini Core 2 Duo featured a 1.83 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 1 GB of SDRAM memory, an 80 GB Serial ATA hard drive, a slot-loading 8X DVD/CD-RW Combo drive, and it came with an Apple Remote.

Ports included DVI (with a DVI-to-VGA adapter included), Firewire 400, four USB 2.0 ports, a combined optical digital audio input/audio line in, combined optical digital audio output/headphone, a 10/100/1000Base-T Gigabit Ethernet port, and built-in AirPort Extreme/Bluetooth 2.0. It lacks an internal 56k modem.

This model had the same case as the original Mac mini: 6.5 inches square, 2 inches tall, and weighed 2.9 pounds. This and all Mac mini systems ship without a display, keyboard, or mouse.

I upgraded to this Mac mini from the original due to its larger hard drive and optical digital audio output/headphone jack. I used it for the same purpose as the original to access iTunes and digital movies. It also permanently replaced my DVD player in the age of physical-DVD Netflix (before digital streaming, Netflix movies arrived in the mail on DVDs that played in a DVD player).

Now that this Mac mini has been retired as my media server, I use it to power my digital fireplace.

Source: EveryMac.com