’s $349 HomePod
speaker is finally here: The company’s first smart speaker will be available for sale on February 9 in the U.S., U.K. and Australia. Consumers will be able to pre-order the device starting January 26, the company announced Tuesday.
Apple first announced the HomePod last summer, and had originally planned to release it before the end of 2017. However, in November, news broke that Apple had to delay the release until after the holiday season. “We need a little more time before it’s ready for our customers,” the company said at the time.
Even with that extra time, the HomePod won’t have all of its key features available at launch. Consumers will be able to control the device with Siri voice commands and use it to interact with smart appliances around their home. But the HomePod won’t ship with multi-room audio functionality, or the ability to pair two speakers for stereo sound. Those features will be enabled later this year with a software update, according to Apple.
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