After some minor delays, Apple HomePod is now officially available for preorder, with shipping slated to start on February 9. The Company is now accepting preorders from consumers in the US, UK, and Australia. The smart speaker comes in two colors – White and Space Gray and will set you back $349, £319 or AU$499. If you’ve been waiting to lay your hands on the spanking new speaker, here’s how to preorder Apple HomePod now.
HomePod Preoder Info
Apple has opened up HomePod preorders at 8.30AM EST on Friday. With its always-on display voice assistant and capability of controlling connected devices, Apple’s first Siri-based speaker is very similar to Amazon Echo devices and Google Home but comes with a few notable differences. Powered by an A8 Fusion chip, the HomePod has six microphones so that it can be enabled verbally using the ‘Hey Siri’ voice command.
Without further ado, let’s get to know about how to preorder Apple HomePod.
Preorder Apple HomePod
Using Apple Store App
The fastest way to order any Apple product is to use the Apple Store app. It allows you to order via Apple Pay. Alternatively, you can set up a card beforehand in the app to be ready to go when it comes to checking out.
You can even mark a specific model as a favorite, making it easier to get to and order so you don’t need to worry about digging through different menu layers. You can grab the app from App Store if you’ve not already. It merely takes a few taps to preorder Apple HomePod via the app if you have Apple Pay setup.
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Using Apple’s Official Website
If you prefer to preorder Apple HomePod smart speaker from your PC or Mac, opt for Apple.com. You can make use of Apple Pay or stored credit card information to make your purchase. Also, you can mark something as a favorite for quick ordering. With a few clicks, you can grab one of the first units of Apple HomePod.
Check the Big Box Retailers
Though other big box retailers haven’t announced Apple HomePod plans yet, the Cupertino-based major has already said that the smart speaker will be available at Apple Authorized Resellers in the U.S., in addition to Apple Retail stores. For instance, Best Buy’s preorder page is now live.
Deliveries of the smart speaker will start on February 9. Despite the delay in Apple HomePod launch, the device will ship without features like AirPlay 2, which lets pairing and multiroom audio. The Company said those features are ‘coming this year in a free software update’. However, it includes the HomeKit support to control your compatible smart home devices and the ability to automatically optimize sound for a given room.
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