The time to pre-order your HomePod has finally arrived. Customers in the U.S., the U.K., and Australia can place an order for Apple’s $349 smart speaker now. The device makes its official debut two weeks today, on February 9.
HomePod was first unveiled way back in June at WWDC, and Apple originally promised it would ship before the holidays. After a delay in late December, it’s finally available to pre-order through the Apple online store.
HomePod delivers awesome audio
HomePod is priced at $349 in the U.S., £319 in the U.K., and AU$499 in Australia. Those prices seem steep up against other smart speakers from the likes of Amazon and Google — but they’re not what HomePod is here to fight.
HomePod was designed to be an awesome audio experience first and foremost. It packs technology that can only be found in speakers with five-figure price tags. It has the ability to “read” the room you’re listening in, then tailor its sound for the best possible results.
HomePod features seven tweeters, six microphones, a high-excursion woofer, and an Apple A8 processor that powers it all. Audiophiles have been blown away by its design before they’ve even had a chance to hear it.
Siri is built-in, and you can use it to send messages, set reminders, control other smart devices, and lots of other things you would use a smart speaker for. But that’s just a bonus; you buy HomePod for stellar sound — not Siri.
HomePod launches February 9
HomePod will make its official debut on February 9. If you get your pre-order in fast enough, you can expect yours to be delivered on that day. There’s no telling how quickly the device will sell out, though, so make your move quickly.
Apple says HomePod will expand its reach to France and Germany in the coming months.