With foe from other intelligent speakers heating up, it was starting to seem as yet Apple was never going recover a HomePod. Today, though, Apple announced that a rarely expected orator will strike shelves on Feb 9.
Pre-orders will start on Jan 26 for users in a US, a UK and Australia. The new recover date falls in line with other clues we’ve been saying that indicate to an approaching release, such as approval from a US Federal Communications Commission.
But here’s a catch. As Engadget discovered, a device will boat yet multi-room audio or stereo pairing. Both facilities come customary with many existent intelligent orator setups, and stereo pairing would have been a optimal approach to get a many out of a HomePod’s technology, that adjusts to a spaces around it.
In Apple’s case, multi-room audio uses Apple’s AirPlay 2 protocol, that provides an easy approach to make a same song play in several room of a residence or office. Most importantly for launch sales, it would have given HomePod enthusiasts copiousness of inducement to buy mixed devices.
In fact, a facilities were creatively listed along with a bulk of a HomePod’s other offerings on the device’s categorical page, yet are now grouped in a apart box inventory facilities “coming after this year.”
The change appears to be really recent, as a apart box didn’t exist in a image of a site taken on Jan 18, yet Apple spoke of a facilities as entrance in a “free program update” after in 2018 in today’s press release.
The home stretch
Apple announced a HomePod during WWDC final year, and creatively it was slated for a Dec 2017 release. Last November, though, Apple pushed pushed a recover date adult to a some-more most deceptive “Early 2018” recover date, claiming it indispensable “a small some-more time before it’s prepared for a customers.”
Fortunately, early Feb simply falls within that Early 2018 timeframe.
Apple traditionally puts out high peculiarity work and has an greatly constant user base, so a HomePod is value examination to see how Apple fares after such a late start.
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