Apple’s HomePod smart speaker is almost over

Six months after it was revealed, the long wait for the release of Apple’s HomePod smart speaker is almost over. Announced last June, Apple’s first smart speaker finally has a confirmed release date with pre-orders starting soon.
The HomePod speaker will provide a wireless audio experience with voice control from Siri. With the HomePod, Apple is promising not only a premium sound experience, but also the kind of voice-control that will throw down the gauntlet to Amazon’s cheaper Echo series.
The speaker will work with Apple Music and features are set to include smart home integration, voice messaging and, ultimately, multi-room audio.
The HomePod will be available for pre-order Friday, January 26 from the Apple Store in the UK. As of right now, the HomePod sales have not actually gone live, although they are expected today – some fans took to social media to complain they had been up all night waiting for the HomePod sales to begin.
It will then go on full sale on Friday, February 9. Other parts of Europe will have to wait until spring to order.