Apple HomePod Speaker to Release on February 9th for $349

Apple's HomePod Speaker Will Be Available On February 9

The HomePod, which Apple unveiled in June, will compete against rival smart speakers from Amazon.com Inc (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Alphabet's Google (NASDAQ:GOOG).

Apple has announced that HomePod, their highly anticipated wireless speaker with built-in Siri intelligence will be available for customers to orders in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia on February 26th, with order arriving in-store and to doorsteps two weeks later on Friday 9th February. France and Germany are next in line in the spring. But if you are all about the "Hey Siri" experience, then the Apple HomePod Speaker is the only one that can fulfill that need.

It's also the only smart speaker that features compatibility with Apple Music which is sure to make it hugely popular with the millions of subscribers to this service. Unlike those other devices, however, HomePod is being marketed more as a premium-quality speaker, primed for music playback, than as a digital assistant hub.

HomePod also boasts Siri, a voice-activated virtual helper which is now actively used on over half a billion devices, adding another element of understanding to your preferences.

The HomePod is powered by Apple's A8 chip, and it is equipped with advanced audio technologies like beam-forming tweeters and a high-excursion woofer.




The Apple HomePod will be compatible with 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. Now it seems Apple is making good on its revised launch window, as the HomePod will officially go on sale on February 9. That means Siri will probably clam up if you ask her to "play Rap Caviar really loud".

As we expected, Siri is embedded in the HomePod, so users can get updates on news, send messages etc. Most importantly for launch sales, it would have given HomePod enthusiasts plenty of incentive to buy multiple devices.

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

At a starting price of 349$, the Homepod will provide the user with new interactive features, including messaging, adjusting room temperature, reading the news, streaming national public radio, and like other smart-speaker devices, music playlists that match the owner's taste.

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