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Apple will release its HomePod on February 9

Apple will release its HomePod on February 9

On Tuesday, the tech giant said its new smart speaker will hit stores on Friday, February 9.

Good news for those of you who are in the United States, UK and Australia: the HomePod will be released there first, on February 9th, and it can be preordered beginning on January 26th.

You know Siri is engaged when the Siri waveform appears on the display at the top of the device, which can also be controlled by touch.

In June previous year, Apple CEO Tim Cook himself launched their latest creation in front of WWDC attendees. HomePod is integral to a range of forthcoming HomeKit-enabled smart home accessories.

It's powered by an A8 chip, which is the same processor that Apple used for the iPhone 6. It can also control other smart home devices taking Siri's help to turn the lights on and off. "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, handsome design that is so much fun to use", said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing.

The built-in Siri support will leverage the HomePod's experience providing news updates, send text messages, set reminders and more. The device can learn user preferences and handle advanced searches within the library.

Next, ask Siri to play the news.

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Undecided Apple users who have been considering investing in a smart speaker are likely already awaiting the HomePod, despite its high price and lack of certain features. "Hey Siri, raise the shades" or "Siri, turn up the heat" could become the refrain of the digital home in the decade ahead.

Apple's HomePod promised Siri smarts combined with unrivaled audio performance.

Interested developers who want SiriKit support can visit developer.apple.com/sirikit. You can even narrow down the news by using terms like sports, business or music in your Siri query. This functionality will not be available at the initial launch of the HomePod, but Apple says it will be delivered to customers for free through a wireless software update in 2018. While the Max is such a large speaker that costs $399, the HomePods $349 price point is closer to the Max's than the most expensive Echo speaker (Echo Plus), which is $150.

And Amazon is selling the popular Echo smart speaker for a seriously cheap £89.99.


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