HomePod arrives February 9, available to order this Friday

HomePod arrives February 9, available to order this Friday

HomePod arrives February 9, available to order this Friday

The Siri-powered speaker will be available in the U.S., the United Kingdom, and Australia starting February 9, with pre-orders going live from January 26.

Previewed at WWDC 2017 in June past year, Apple's HomePod smart speaker is all set to see the light of day next month.

After a slight delay, Apple has announced that pre-orders for HomePod will begin on 26th January with units set to begin shipping on 9th February.

But, just a day after Apple announced the HomePod will go on sale February 9, CNBC said it will bring business news briefings to the device. The HomePod will retail for $349 in white and space gray. And yet HomePod has failed to really excite fans (except through leaks that gave us early details about the iPhone X). You will be able to pair two HomePods for the ultimate sound experience, although this feature might not be available in the initial launch. You can talk to the personal assistant with the Hey Siri hotword, and use it to check the news, ask questions, or do anything else you can with Siri on the iPhone or Mac.

So while your shiny HomePod may work in Canada if you buy it from elsewhere, Siri will be limited to English only, until additional updates bring support for more languages.

When it was first unveiled last winter, the HomePod's main marketing advantage was its allegedly superior audio quality. How will it stand against rivals like the Amazon Echo and Google Home?

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Admittedly, I'm cheap. And I don't have the most sensitive set of ears that can appreciate the clarity of sound pumped out by HomePod's seven tweeters.

HomePod delivers stunning audio quality wherever it's placed - in any room in the house, playing any style of music.

At the HomePod's current price point, Apple is avoiding the low-priced smart speaker market, where it would face direct competition with Google's Home and Amazon's Echo.

This seems to be an important feature as in recent months, many have raised concerns about the possible implications of having a device that is always listening to its user. It can also be used to control home accessories that are compatible with HomeKit.

SiriKit for HomePod enables the device to support third-party messaging apps.

Powering the HomePod is an Apple A8 chip and the speaker is covered in a mesh fabric that looks like a crochet yarn.

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