Apple will release HomePod on 9th February, pre-orders start this Friday

Apple will release HomePod on 9th February, 2018. The preorders will start this Friday, January 26th. The smart speaker will first go on sale in USA, UK and Australia. It’ll then arrive in France and Germany sometimes in Spring.

HomePod is Apple’s first smart speaker to rival Amazon’s Echo devices and Google Home. HomePod was initially planned to be released in December of 2017 during holiday season. However, it was delayed till now.

HomePod is priced at $349 and has always-on voice assistant – Siri. It can also be used to control all the HomeKit or smart devices connected around the house. Despite delaying the release, the HomePod seems to keep all the features announced* back in WWDC 2017. At $349, Apple is playing a pretty different game as compared to Google or Amazon with their tiny and cheap speakers.

The speaker comes in two colors – White and Space Grey.

Will you be buying HomePod? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

UPDATE: *HomePod will not have Multi-room audio. Will come later this year with software update.