Apple to promote delayed HomePod, its $349 Amazon Echo rival, in February

Todd Singleton
January 24, 2018

The HomePod's high-quality sound is created to take on competitors like Sonos, while its built-in Siri functionality pits it against smart speakers from Amazon and Google. However, delays in product development led to Apple missing its own self-imposed deadline.

Unfortunately, HomePod requires a paid Apple Music membership to stream music...

The closest competitors of the Apple HomePod Speaker are far behind in the price category and may force consumers to really put some thought into making the purchase. HomePod will also use advanced spatial awareness to determine its location in the room, analyze the music that it's now playing, and adjust the sound quality accordingly.

Using just your voice while working in tandem with an Apple Music subscription, HomePod promises to sound "amazing and adapt to wherever it's playing". For those heavily invested in the Apple ecosystem, this is the be-all-end-all of smart speakers. HomePod will initially be available in white and space gray, each combining a fabric mesh speaker chassis with a plastic body, with a Siri waveform display on top. Apple fans in France and Germany will be able to order the HomePod sometime in the Spring.

HomePod, which missed the key holiday shopping season in the fast-growing market for connected speakers, will be available for pre-order Friday and in stores February 9 in the US, Britain and Australia.

In fact, the features were originally listed along with the bulk of the HomePod's other offerings on the device's main page, but are now grouped in a separate box listing features "coming later this year".

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Apple says the HomePod will be easy to set-up.

Apple states its new HomePod incorporates "advanced audio technologies" such as "beam-forming tweeters, a high-excursion woofer, and automatic spatial awareness".

You know how easy it is to set up AirPods?

Additionally, Apple has stated that multi-room audio won't be supported by the HomePod until next year.

HomePod can send a message, set a timer, check the news and play podcasts with voice commands.

It is compatible with iPhone 5s and later models, running iOS 11 and will be competing with Google Home and Amazon's Alexa-powered Echo.

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