Apple Announces that HomePod will be in Stores on February 9th

Apple Announces that HomePod will be in Stores on February 9th

Shipping will begin two weeks later on 9 February.

It was supposed to be released in December but it was delayed.

In Australia things get more interesting for HomePod, as Amazon's Echo devices are also launching in early February.

The HomePod will mark Apple's first major new hardware category since the Apple Watch launched in 2015 and fits into the company's growing ecosystem of accessories, which also includes AirPods.

Other smart speakers such as those offered by Amazon and Google have flooded the market. The smart speaker appears to be the same as was revealed at WWDC in June, notes The Verge.

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In addition to the firmware update releases by chip vendors, operating system vendors have released updates for the Meltdown and Spectre attack methods.

The speaker was originally set to ship in time for Christmas, but Apple was forced to push back the release date, saying it "needs a little more time before it's ready for our customers". The device features a large woofer and seven beam-forming tweeters arrayed 360 degrees around the HomePod's body. If you ask for music news, Siri instead opens the Music app to play the Beats 1 Best of the Week. "But we wanted a really high-quality audio experience as well". We're hitting on something people will be delighted with.

In them, we learn that all four updates resolve kernel-related vulnerabilities discovered by Jann Horn of Google Project Zero, the researcher responsible for finding the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities (see "Apple Releases Meltdown and Spectre Info and Updates", 5 January 2018). "It's gonna rock the house", he continued.

A software update is already planned for later in the year which will allow for multiroom audio - or stereo sound - for anyone with multiple HomePods.

Indeed, users will have limited ability to control Siri, according to Business Insider. For example, placing it on a table near the wall should make it play music differently than if you put it in the middle of the room.

Apple's website simply says this function is "coming later this year". Siri, now actively used on over half a billion devices, has developed a deep knowledge of music and understands your preferences and tastes. Users will be able to talk to Siri using the HomePod to stream songs from Apple Music, listen to podcasts and news, and control smart home devices with HomeKit support.

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