Apple's HomePod is coming and there's no stopping it now. About time, really - the smart speaker was unveiled on June 5 last year, with a market launch initially planned for December and then pushed back to early 2018. Well, early 2018 it is, and the HomePod has now received FCC certification.
Following a rumor from earlier this week that a million units have been dispatched from manufacturer Inventec's warehouses, the smart speaker should be hitting the shelves any day now. At least in the countries from the initial wave of availability, that is - the US, UK, and Australia.
The HomePod is Apple's answer to the Amazon Echo and Google Home, of course with Siri on board instead of Alexa and Google Assistant. The 7-inch tall cylinder features a 4-inch up-firing woofer, an array of 7 tweeters spreading highs in all 360 degrees, and six mics constantly listening for the 'Hey, Siri' trigger word.
The HomePod will set you back $349 and color options at launch will be white and space gray.
I mean it's so typical for Apple to label any of their products with 'i" or 'pod'.
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