HomePod, the wireless speaker from Apple, arrives in stores from February 9th and is available to order online this from January 26th in the US, UK and Australia. HomePod will arrive in France and Germany in the spring.
Apple says its HomePod delivers “stunning audio quality wherever it’s placed — in any room in the house, playing any style of music”. Using just your voice, it’s easy to use, and works together with an Apple Music subscription for a new music experience, providing access to large cloud music libraries. Siri, now actively used on over half a billion devices, has developed a deep knowledge of music and understands preferences and tastes. And with Siri, HomePod can send a message, set a timer, play a podcast, check the news, sports, traffic and weather, and control a wide range of HomeKit smart home accessories.
“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.’”