Here are some additional tidbits:

  • AppleCare+ for the HomePod will cost $39 and extend warranty coverage for two years. Coverage will also cover two accidental damage incident, each subject to a $39 fee. (via 9to5Mac)
  • Even though you can’t place calls just using the speaker, if you’re iPhone is nearby, the HomePod will act as a speaker and microphone. You can start a call on an iPhone and then hand it off to the speaker. (via Guilherme Rambo)
  • With no Music subscription, you can still listen to content purchased through iTunes and Beats 1 Radio.
  • Along with asking Siri for recent news to listen to news podcasts, the virtual assistant on the HomePod will be able to playback sports, business, and music related news.

Buyers can preorder the speaker starting this Friday, Jan. 6. It will officially hit the two weeks later on Friday, Feb. 9.

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