Apple’s $349 HomePod speaker

Siri-Speaker-Home-Pod Apple’s $349 HomePod smart speaker is now available to preorder , with shipping slated to start on February 9th. HomePod will ship without features like AirPlay 2, which allows pairing and multiroom audio. Apple says those features are “coming this year in a free software update.” HomePod is powered by Apple’s A8 chip.

Google Home Max costs $399, while the standard Google Home is $129, and Amazon Echo is $99.99.  SiriKit for HomePod, meanwhile, will eventually see third-party developers able to add at least some of their functionality to the speaker.

HomePod is available for preorder now in the US, UK, and Australia in black or white.

Apple’s proprietary room-sensing technology, which can map the acoustic properties of the space HomePod

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