Apple officially announce the HomePod, which will be available on the Feb 9 for $349 and will be available for preorder this Friday, January 26 in the US, UK and Australia. The HomePod will then be available in France and Germany this spring.
The HomePod is Apple’s take on smart-wireless speakers, which is aim to compete with Amazon Echo and Google Home, who also have their own smart speakers available for sale. Like with other smart speakers, the HomePod is voice-activated and will work with Siri and Apple Music. The HomePod can also send a message for you, set a timer, play your favorite podcast, check the news, sports, traffic and weather information. You can also control smart home accessories that supports HomeKit. Its unclear is if the HomePod will support 3rd party services like Spotify and Pandora.
Spec-wise, the HomePod is on-par with the high-end wireless speakers on the market with its 7 tweeter-speakers, 6 microphone setup and a high-end sub woofer, its integrated with Apple’s A8 Chip for its processing needs.
First announced during the 2017 WWDC, the HomePod was scheduled to be on sale late-2017 but was delayed for some unknown reason. Available in white and space gray, the HomePod will have a retail price of $349 (US), which is a bit pricey compare to the price of the Echo and Google Home.
Last modified: January 23, 2018