Apple has officially launched in-store pick-ups, sales and synchronised deliveries of HomePod in the United Kingdom.
The United Kingdom is the second of Apple’s three launch countries to begin deliveries, in-store pick-ups and sales of HomePod. Due to the international time difference Australia was the first to receive HomePod, with the United States soon to follow later today.
Early HomePod reviews have praised the speakers “phenomenal” sound quality, setting Apple way ahead of competing devices in terms of audio playback, however; reviewers have noted how Siri’s limited functionality lets the device down compared to Amazon Alexa that can perform a much wider range of tasks. – Once we get hold of HomePod we’ll be sure to publish a full review.
— Jonathon Bullock (@Jon_Bullock) February 9, 2018
What is HomePod?
HomePod is a new wireless speaker with built-in Siri controls by Apple. Customers will be able to speak to the device and use voice commands to perform actions such as “Send a text to Deanna”, “Set a timer for 10 minutes”, “Play songs by Flume”, and more. – The speaker features an Apple-designed 4-inch woofer and unique array of seven beamforming tweeters to provide deep base and pure high frequency acoustics.
What will it do?
The device has two main purposes… One, a home speaker that Apple hopes will “reinvent home music” and 2, an intelligent home assistant to help perform tasks such as playing music, reading the news, sending and receiving iMessages, setting reminders, providing answers to general questions, checking the weather and more.
How much will it cost?
HomePod is priced at $349 in the United States, £319 in the United Kingdom and A$499 in Australia. – An additional $39 AppleCare+ warranty service can be purchased additionally for an extra year of AppleCare coverage.