Apple to start HomePod sales 09 February in US, UK, Australia

Apple to start HomePod sales 09 February in US, UK, Australia

Apple to start HomePod sales 09 February in US, UK, Australia

Over the last two fiscal quarters alone, Apple shipped an estimated 130 million Siri-enabled devices, AppleInsider reports, which is probably one of the reasons why the company saw such a massive boost in usage over just seven months (Siri was first introduced in 2011 with the iPhone 4S).

When it was first announced in June 2017 at WWDC, Apple executives touted the HomePod's sound quality and acoustic modelling capabilities in an attempt to target music lovers who are looking for a more powerful speaker.

Apple is going to sell the HomePod for $349 in the U.S., which means we can probably expect a £349 price tag in the United Kingdom - although that's not confirmed. And while other smart speakers support a variety of streaming music sources, HomePod is locked on Apple Music. It is rumored that the Apple HomePod could go on sale in late January or early February.

The HomePod has no less than six built-in microphones to help it "hear" and "understand" user requests.

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Apple has designed the HomePod's set up to be similar to its wireless earbuds, AirPods. And a Siri device second. Cook in the interview said, "We think one thing that was missing from the market was a quality audio experience, a very immersive audio experience". And video streaming giant Roku Inc (NASDAQ:ROKU) made moves toward entering the smart speaker market.

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Measuring 7 inches tall, the cylindrical HomePod is created to integrate with Apple Music, allowing users to call up songs and other music information with voice commands through Siri. With a multi-HomePod setup, you can set all speakers to play the same song from Apple Music or set it to play a different one in a separate room.

Sure, you could connect your iPhone to the HomePod via Bluetooth and play Spotify from there. You won't be able to do stuff like say, "Hey Siri, add this to my "Upbeat Chill" playlist", or "Play my Daily Mix".

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