In addition to the HomePod launching February 9 in the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom, Apple has also revealed that its Siri-enabled speaker will launch in France and Germany at some point “this spring,” suggesting a release date between March and June at the absolute latest in those countries.
France and Germany will be the first HomePod launch countries where English isn’t the primary language spoken. Siri on the HomePod should be able to answer French and German queries as on the iPhone and other devices.
HomePod is priced at $349 in the United States, but Apple has yet to reveal how much it will cost in other countries. Pricing in Australia and the United Kingdom should be revealed when online orders begin this Friday in those countries. Apple also hasn’t provided release dates for any other countries yet.
Apple has primarily positioned the HomePod as a speaker that can stream Apple Music, but with built-in Siri, users can send messages, set timers, play podcasts, check the news and weather, control HomeKit-enabled smart home accessories, and complete other tasks without needing to take out their iPhone.
The high-fidelity speaker is equipped with spatial awareness and Apple-engineered audio technology, including a seven‑tweeter array and high-excursion woofer. The seven-inch tall speaker is powered by Apple’s A8 chip.
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