Apple HomePod Review: Apple, is this all you've got?

Apple's HomePod Speaker Will Be Available On February 9

Apple is finally ready to start selling the HomePod, its Siri-enabled smart speaker that will compete against Amazon Echo and Google Home.

Apple's HomePod becomes available for pre-orders on Friday.

The HomePod also is far more expensive than Amazon's highest-end Echo speaker, the $150 Echo Plus, which is more focused on smart home setup than audio. By holding your iOS device close to the smart speaker, you'll be able to automatically teach it your WiFi network, your Apple ID, Apple Music account, and your Siri preferences.

One of the reasons why HomePod may be delayed for the Canadian market is because the speaker will launch supporting English first, as we first saw in a beta leak earlier this summer, shared by Guilherme Rambo.

"I think when people listen to it, they are going to be shocked over the quality of the sound, and of course it does a lot of other things", Apple CEO Tim Cook said previous year at the WWDC, according to BGR.

Though, Apple has announced partnerships with ABC News, SBS News, 7 News and Fox Sports News to deliver audio headlines through Siri on the HomePod. The speaker also will be able to send messages and play news updates from National Public Radio and CNN, Apple said in a release. This means HomePod will be compatible with third-party AirPlay 2 speakers as well.

The music lovers who will benefit most from HomePod of course will be Apple Music subscribers.

Apple highlights the sound quality of the HomePod as a differentiator. However, Google's Home Max speaker promises to do much of the same with a technology Google calls smart sound, and Sonos has been offering its customers the ability to fine-tune their speakers based on their homes for some time as well. We think they will be blown away by the audio quality. 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. The product lacks built-in Bluetooth but features strong Wi-Fi connectivity supported by the Apple devices.

In a free software update due to be available this year, Apple users will be able to play music throughout a house using the multi-room audio.

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