Retailing for $349, the Siri-powered speaker was first announced in June 2017 at WWDC with an arrival date of December. But Apple delayed that until “early 2018.”
While missing the important holiday shopping season, the HomePod will apparently have a long way to climb to battle other competitors, most notably Amazon’s line of reasonably priced Echo devices.
Even though the HomePod has a higher price than other smart speakers, Apple is promising a quality sound experience. The device features an Apple A8 chip, seven-tweeter array, and a 4-inch designed Apple woofer. It connects to Apple Music wirelessly through Wi-Fi and to other Apple devices, including iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV, through AirPlay 2.