HomePod pre orders this Friday and launching on February 9th

Apple has announced via a press release today that HomePod, its Siri-powered wirelessspeaker for the connected home, is officially arriving in stores on Friday, February 9, with orders available from this coming Friday, January 26.

HomePod is available at an Apple retail price of $349 (US) in white and space gray in the US, UK and Australia and available to order beginning Friday, January 26, from apple.com and the Apple Store app.

HomePod will be available in Apple Stores and at select Apple Authorized Resellers, including Best Buy in the US; Argos, Dixons Carphone (Currys PC World), John Lewis, Shop Direct (Very and Littlewoods), EE and Apple Premium Resellers in the UK; and The Good Guys, Harvey Norman, JB Hi-Fi, Myer and Telstra in Australia, beginning Friday, February 9. HomePod will be available in France and Germany this spring.

HomePod is compatible with iPhone 5s or later, iPad Pro, iPad Air or later, iPad mini 2 or later, or iPod touch (6th generation) with iOS 11.2.5 or later.

Phil Schiller, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, said:

HomePod is a magical new music experience from Apple. It brings advanced audiotechnologies like beam-forming tweeters, a high-excursion woofer and automatic spatial awareness, together with the entire Apple Music catalog and the latest Siri intelligence, in a simple, beautiful design that is so much fun to use.

SiriKit for HomePod

Through SiriKit, HomePod supports third-party messaging apps, so users can ask Siri to send a message to a friend or colleague using apps like WhatsApp. Reminders, note-taking and to-do list apps like Things and Evernote will automatically work with HomePod, so Siri can set reminders, create a new list, mark items as complete, or create and modify notes. For developers interested in adding SiriKit support, more information is available at developer.apple.com/sirikit.

For hands-free conversations, users will be able to start or receive a call on their iPhone and hand it off to their HomePod, which then uses the phone as a speakerphone for crisp and clear audio quality. And t SiriKit, HomePod supports third-party messaging apps so users can ask Siri to send a message to a friend or colleague using apps like WhatsApp. Apple says Siri is now “actively used” on over half a billion devices.

Let us know in the comments section below whether or not you plan on purchasing a HomePod when it arrives.