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Apple HomePod pre-orders open today: here’s what you need to know

The wait is nearly over. The Apple HomePod is now available to pre-order online (as of January 26) for those keen to get their hands on the smart speaker in the US, UK and Australia.

According to Apple, the Siri-powered smart speaker will begin shipping on February 9, which is also when it’s expected to go on sale in brick-and-mortar Apple Stores in the US, UK and Australia.

The highly-anticipated speaker is likely to be very popular, so if you want to be one of the first to bark commands at Siri from your sofa you’ll want to pre-order one pretty smartly.

How can you get an Apple HomePod?

Pre-orders are available at Apple.com, as well as on the Apple Store app on iOS devices in the US, UK and Australia. 

At the moment the HomePod can also be pre-ordered in the UK through EE both online and in-store. The white and space grey models are both available for £319. John Lewis, Currys and Argos are all also offering the new speaker.

We’ll continue to update this page as more pre-order pages go live.

The Apple HomePod will cost $349 in the US, £319 in the UK and $499 in Australia.

What is the Apple HomePod?

For those who haven’t been keeping up, the Apple HomePod is a smart speaker in the mold the Amazon Echo and Google Home

Because Apple is pretty late to the smart speaker party, it’s not clear yet what kind of demand the HomePod will have. Many users interested in voice-powered smart speakers will have probably already got their hands on one of HomePod’s competitors. But given that it’s part of the super popular Apple ecosystem and puts Siri to good work, it’s also likely to entice Apple fans in a heartbeat. 

Source: techradar.com

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