Apple's HomePod smart speaker will ship February 9th

James Marshall
January 23, 2018

Originally announced at Apple's WWDC even last June, the HomePod will mark the first time the company's voice assistant will appear in a standalone speaker. Since then, we haven't heard almost anything regarding when we might expect the device to launch. Originally expected to begin shipping late a year ago, the HomePod was delayed in November and is listed as shipping in "early 2018". Now, we have a concrete date for when you'll be able to buy your HomePod. It'll cost the same $349 it debuted with and go up for pre-order this coming Friday.

Late last year, Apple made a decision to postpone its release of the HomePod until early this year with the company saying it "we need a little bit more time before its ready for our customers". This sits alongside a 4in Apple-built subwoofer and a seven tweeter array with precision acoustic horns and directional control. The settings can be configured through the iOS Home app, and users need to head to this app if they want to apply changes to how the smart speaker works. The coffee can-sized speaker can detect its location in a room and automatically adjust its output to optimize sound based on where it is (for example, if it were on a bookshelf against a wall versus on a coffee table in the middle of the room). Until then, what you're getting with HomePod is exactly what Apple announced onstage: a powerful home speaker with Apple Music integration, which also happens to be a HomeKit hub that includes Siri, but in limited capacity.

One of the customizable settings that was leaked is the option that allows users to disable the display light on top of the HomePod's display when they are using Siri.

HomePod combines Apple-engineered audio technology and advanced software to deliver the highest-fidelity sound throughout the room.

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