Apple's HomePod available February 9, pre-orders start this Friday

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Apple has announced that HomePod will be available to order online this Friday, with deliveries and in-store pick-ups available beginning Friday, February 9th.

Apple has seemingly rectified whatever was causing the hold-up, announcing on Tuesday that pre-orders for the HomePod will begin on Friday in the UK, US and Australia.

HomePod will be available in France and Germany this spring. 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, lovely design that is so much fun to use.

This is why Apple may have chosen to include the ability to must Siri on its HomePod.

It's also the only smart speaker that features compatibility with Apple Music which is sure to make it hugely popular with the millions of subscribers to this service.

Apple's HomePod was originally supposed to see a December 2017 release, but it was pushed back and we're now expecting to see it hit shelves in the next few weeks, with a supplier suggesting it could ship in February. It's seven inches tall with a top-mounted woofer and seven tweeters ringing the bottom.

Despite the delay in manufacturing, it seems that Apple hasn't made any drastic changes to HomePod's structure. Unlike those other devices, however, HomePod is being marketed more as a premium-quality speaker, primed for music playback, than as a digital assistant hub.

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HomePod also boasts convenience as it can send messages, set timers and reminders, check the weather and listen to shows on Apple Podcasts.

"We're so excited for people to get HomePod into their homes, apartments and businesses to hear it for themselves". The feature also permits users to know about the details of a playing track, control music while also responding to questions Alexes or Google Assistant can respond to.

According to Apple's website: "An Apple-designed A8 chip powers the most complex audio innovations in HomePod".

Users can interact with the speaker by saying "Hey Siri", then giving a command.

However, compared to Amazon's Echo, the number of things that users can control with Siri through HomePod may be limited.

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