Apple's HomePod speaker finally gets a release date
- Author: Delia Davidson Jan 25, 2018,
Jan 25, 2018, 0:46
Expect to see it on store shelves two weeks later, on Friday, Feb 9.
After missing the critical pre-Christmas shopping period, Apple has entered the voice-controlled speaker contest with its HomePod, a device that will use the Siri voice assistant and compete against products from Amazon and Google.
Only three countries will have access to the HomePod from February 9: the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia.
The device will sell for Dollars 349 in a choice of white or space grey.
Apple fans, your HomePod has nearly arrived.
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The feature is nearly certainly one that was developed for Apple's smart HomePod speaker, so expect it to appear there when the device launches early next month.
The arrival of the HomePod was initially postponed, probably to allow Apple engineers to refine the device.
Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) started the smart speaker trend with its Amazon Echo. Amazon invented the category in 2015 with its line of Echo speakers, and there are now similar options available from Google and Microsoft.
Concerning news and current affairs, Apple has linked Siri to a suite of local outlets, including; ABC NEWS, SBS News, SEVEN NEWS and FOX SPORTS News.
At the time, an Apple spokesperson said: "We can't wait for people to experience HomePod, Apple's breakthrough wireless speaker for the home". The Apple HomePod has a cylindric shape and it weighs 2 kg and a half. Even when it's banging out your favourite beats, it is still listening for your voice thanks to a six-microphone array.
The bigger danger for Apple, analysts said, is that consumers bought a rival speaker over the holiday season and have no immediate need for Apple's new product. In addition, the speaker was claimed to be able to sense the size of the room it is in, and through spatial awareness adjust audio to suit the environment.
The HomePod stands 18 centimetres tall, and incorporates Apple's A8 chip to deliver a "wide spacious soundstage". Even if you are disappointed that stereo sound and multi-room capabilities are not available at launch, at least you know that the HomePod is just one software update away from having both of these features.