Apple has announced that their smart speaker, the HomePod will be available on February 9th.
It will be releasing in the US, UK, and Australia with the device to come to Germany and France in the spring. No word on if/when the HomePod will make it’s way to Canada.
The HomePod was announced back at Apple’s September event and was originally supposed to ship in December but was delayed.
The HomePod has Siri built-in so you can ask her questions, just like you would on your iOS device. Apple says the HomePod will deliver stunning audio quality, no matter where it’s placed in your house or what genre or style of music being played.
The device has an Apple A8 chip, a high-excursion woofer, seven-tweeter array, six microphones and is covered in a seamless mesh fabric. The HomePod is about 7-inches tall.
“HomePod is a magical new music experience from Apple. It brings advanced audio technologies like beam-forming tweeters, a high-excursion woofer and automatic spatial awareness, together with the entire Apple Music catalog and the latest Siri intelligence, in a simple, beautiful design that is so much fun to use,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “We’re so excited for people to get HomePod into their homes, apartments and businesses to hear it for themselves. We think they will be blown away by the audio quality. The team has worked to give Siri a deeper knowledge of music so that you can ask to play virtually anything from your personal favorites to the latest chart-topping releases, simply by saying ‘Hey Siri.’”
To set up the HomePod, all you’ll need is an iPhone 5s or later, iPad Pro, iPad Air or later, iPad mini 2 or later, or iPod touch (6th generation) with iOS 11.2.5 or later. Apple says setting up the HomePod is as easy as pairing AirPods to an iPhone, meaning you’ll just have to hold your iOS device near the HomePod to start using it.
Pre-orders for the HomePod start on January 26th and it’ll cost $349 USD and in two colours, space gray and w