Hardware White and black HomePod speakers

Published on January 26th, 2018 | by Brad Gibson

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HomePod goes on sale in US, Australia, and United Kingdom

Apple’s HomePod intelligent speaker went on sale Friday through its online store, Apple Store app, and Apple retail stores in the U.S., Australia, and the United Kingdom as the much talked about accessory becomes reality after what will end up being a two-month delay.

HomePod is being targeted at consumers wanting to broadcast Apple Music in a single or multiple rooms, but with news reported by BESTAppleTV in the past 24 hours that tvOS 11.3 will support AirPlay 2, the speaker could potentially by an intelligent assistant using Siri and creating dozens of ways to control Apple TV devices.

The seven-inch tall high-fidelity speaker uses spatial awareness to sense its location in the room and automatically adjusts the audio to wherever it is placed. It includes a seven‑tweeter array, high-excursion woofer, and six microphones to hear Siri commands from across the room, even when loud music is playing. The HomePod is powered by Apple’s A8 chip, the same chip used in the fourth-generation Apple TV.

HomePod is available in Space Gray and White priced at $349 in the United States, $499 in Australia, and £319 in the United Kingdom. It will ship Friday, February 9th.

HomePod order pages on Apple’s online store in the three countries are the following…

United States

Australia

United Kingdom

Resellers selling the HomePod in those countries include the following…

• Best Buy in the United States: Space GrayWhite

• Argos in the United Kingdom: Space GreyWhite

• PC World in the United Kingdom: Space GreyWhite

• John Lewis in the United Kingdom: Space GreyWhite

• The Good Guys in Australia: Space GreyWhite

At the time of this posting, Amazon, Target, and Walmart in the U.S. are not selling the Apple HomePod.

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About the Author

Brad is co-founder and editor-in-chief of BESTAppleTV.com. He has been a technology reporter since the late 1980s having previously worked for MacUser, MacFormat, and iCreate magazines, as well as MacNN.com, MacObserver.com, MacCentral.com, MacMinute.com, and Macworld.com. He hosted and produced the MacFormat This Week podcast for three years. He was also a reporter, editor, and producer for the Associated Press and United Press International.



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