Apple has finally announced the release date for the HomePod in the UK, USA, and Australia, and it’s very, very soon.
February 9th is the date, and Apple say it will deliver “stunning audio quality”. It works with a subscription to Apple Music and is voice activated, thanks to Siri. It’s coming to France and Germany this Spring. As well as music, you can use it to as a home assistant, finding out the weather, etc.
“HomePod is a magical new music experience from Apple. It brings advanced audio technologies like beam-forming tweeters, a high-excursion woofer and automatic spatial awareness, together with the entire Apple Music catalogue and the latest Siri intelligence, in a simple, beautiful design that is so much fun to use,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “We’re so excited for people to get HomePod into their homes, apartments and businesses to hear it for themselves. We think they will be blown away by the audio quality. The team has worked to give Siri a deeper knowledge of music so that you can ask to play virtually anything from your personal favourites to the latest chart-topping releases, simply by saying ‘Hey Siri.’”
It’ll cost you £319 and comes in white and space grey. Not exactly cheap, especially compared to things like Amazon’s Echo, so we’ll just have to wait for reviews to find out if it’s worth it.