Apple's HomePod will be available in Australia from 9 February
12:15, Jan 24, 2018
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Now, Apple has finally confirmed to release the flagship HomePod smart speaker on February 9 in select markets including the USA, the United Kingdom and Australia.
On Tuesday, the tech giant said its new smart speaker will hit stores on Friday, February 9.
HomePod is available "at AU $499 in white and space grey and is available to order beginning Saturday, 27 January (AEDT), from apple.com/au and the Apple Store app".
The group's voice assistance Siri is integrated into the speaker, allowing users to ask for music suggestions, send a message, set an alarm, check the news or weather and control HomeKitsmart home accessories. On the reveal of the device, Apple boasted it would be able to read the news, play podcasts, translate phrases and more of the things other voice assistants can already do.
Even at full price, you could buy one regular smart speaker from Google or Amazon, plus three small ones to live around your house, and still come in cheaper than the HomePod.
To complicate matters further, the device will be launching with a comparatively limited feature set with some core features being restricted to use with Apple's own devices.
Though, Apple has announced partnerships with ABC News, SBS News, 7 News and Fox Sports News to deliver audio headlines through Siri on the HomePod.
HomePod is wrapped in a mesh fabric designed for both aesthetic and acoustic performance. Remember that the AppleWatch must be on its charger, charged to at least 50 percent, and within range of your iPhone, which itself must be on Wi-Fi. Additional languages supported by HomePod's Siri will, presumably, be added in a future software update. Also, there's no exact date for this software update, and as Apple failed to deliver on its original mid-December release date for the HomePod, it's hard to be confident that this update will arrive that soon.
The HomePod will not be available in Canada just yet.
HomePod is a direct competitor to Amazon Echo and speakers with Google's Assistant installed.
An integral concept, security, and privacy are a fundamental part of any Apple design of hardware and software services.
Cupertino, California-based Apple anticipates shipping 4 million HomePods in 2018, Bloomberg has reported.
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