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Apple HomePod Launch: Feb. 9 in US, UK, Australia But Not Canada [u]

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Apple has announced this morning its HomePod wireless speaker will launch on Friday, February 9 in the US, UK and Australia. Pre-orders will begin this Friday, January 26 for these initial launch countries. Apple also mentions HomePod will debut in France and Germany “this spring”, but there is no mention of Canada in its press release.

“HomePod is a magical new music experience from Apple. It brings advanced audio technologies like beam-forming tweeters, a high-excursion woofer, and automatic spatial awareness, together with the entire Apple Music catalog and the latest Siri intelligence, in a simple, beautiful design that is so much fun to use,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.

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Apple explains “Setup is as easy and intuitive as setting up AirPods,” adding all users need to do is hold their iPhone next to HomePod to set it up.

“We’re so excited for people to get HomePod into their homes, apartments and businesses to hear it for themselves. We think they will be blown away by the audio quality. The team has worked to give Siri a deeper knowledge of music so that you can ask to play virtually anything from your personal favourites to the latest chart-topping releases, simply by saying ‘Hey Siri,’” added Schiller.

Apple explains “coming this year”, a free software update will bring support for multi-room audio (AirPlay 2), allowing multiple speakers throughout a home to play music simultaneously, or room specific audio (Sonos owners are familiar with this). Two HomePods can be paired together to create a stereo setup when this software update is available, later after launch.

HomePod contains a “large” Apple-designed woofer which will offer deep, clean bass, plus has seven beam-forming tweeters which will “provide pure high frequency acoustics with directional control, and powerful technologies that preserve the richness and intent of original recordings.” There are six microphones on HomePod, to ensure “Hey Siri” can be heard across the room even during loud music.

The speaker uses real-time acoustic modeling, audio beam-forming, echo cancellation and more, as it utilizes spatial awareness to sense its location and adjusts audio for perfect playback, all powered by the company’s A8 chip.

The speaker will also act as a HomeKit hub as well, to control all your HomeKit devices with your voice.

HomePod will debut at $349 US in white and space grey. With the current exchange rate, HomePod works out to about $435 CAD.

Apple also noted 500 million devices now use Siri. It also detailed the security of HomePod, saying “only after “Hey Siri” is recognized locally on the device will any information be sent to Apple servers, encrypted and sent using an anonymous Siri identifier.”

There’s no word why there is a delay for the speaker in Canada, as Siri is fully functioning here in both English and French. With mention of France and Germany for the spring, we can only hope Canada may see HomePod at some point later in 2018. Many Canadians will most likely head down to the US to purchase the speaker and bring it back home—this feels like the days of the original iPhone all over again.

Are you going to be purchasing HomePod when it launches in a couple weeks?

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  • Joseph Najjar

    Can I purchase it in the USA and use it in Canada? Does anyone know? Thanks

  • Jeeverz

    Canada, getting shafted everyday.

    THANKS GARY

  • Gio

    You can use it anywhere. but won’t have canadian support for news and local stuff using siri. Maybe it won’t work if you ask about weather or traffic as well. and no french.

  • FragilityG4

    But wouldn’t that just be a software thing? When it does launch in Canada wouldnt you just use your Canadian Apple ID and update it?

  • Tim

    What kind of inputs does it have be they physical or wireless? Can I connect to it via bluetooth from my Minix media player for instance? What about Apple TV? I’m sure the sound quality will be great, but I don’t know why I’d want this if it can only play Apple Music and answer questions with Siri, the sub par digital assistant.

  • Gio

    Yes. I believe so

  • Ontario

    This all because of qeubec.
    That what happened when french SWJ got invloved with canada.
    No one talked french here only 1 out 100.
    turdeau!!

  • El Cockblock

    I will never understand why this happens with major launches with many tech companies. I mean we’re right next to them. Damn gringos.

  • xxxJDxxx

    Guessing this is because of the French

  • Mark

    I messaged Wantboard this morning and they said they’ll have it for pre-order on Friday. It’s a website that acquires tech products that aren’t available in Canada. *I have no affiliation with Wantboard

  • Olivier

    Do not put every québécois in the same basket. Siri is already available in French. Dunno why they only started with English countries

  • Tim

    If only we all “talked” English like you!

  • johnnygoodface

    In this very particular instance, not being able to get one in Canada for now is almost a blessing: honestly, I don’t think the Homepod as it is right now is much of a personnal assistant since Siri is still not up to the task yet and I think it would also benefit a display of some sort. And I’m not talking about “no stereo mode” nor multi-rooms yet. Hopefully by the time Apple really correct all those “little things”, the Homepod will be available in Canada! 🙂

  • BigCat

    Siri is available French, but the HomePod will require a software update before it will support French. Regrettably, this is why a launch in Canada will not happen at the same time as the US.

    I am sure they will want to capture as many sales as possible, so an official Canadian launch is bound to happen soon.

  • C3xxx

    FP should have asked Cook while he was here why Apple treats Canada as an after thought.

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