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Apple HomePod Music Speaker Debuts, Canada Misses December Launch

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Apple was rumoured to debut a Siri speaker of sorts prior to WWDC, and at today’s keynote, the company announced HomePod, in what appears to be the company’s challenge to Google Home, Amazon Echo and Sonos in the home.

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The wireless HomePod speaker is powered by Apple’s A8 chip and “delivers amazing audio quality and uses spatial awareness to sense its location in a room and automatically adjust the audio.” It will work hand-in-hand with Apple Music.

HomePod contains an Apple-designed upward-facing 4-inch subwoofer and “a custom array of seven beam-forming tweeters that provide pure high frequency acoustics with incredible directional control and powerful technologies built right in to preserve the richness and intent of the original recordings.”

The HomePod also has room-sensing technology, which Apple says can learn its position in a room to deliver the best listening experience in seconds.

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There’s a six-microphone array so you can say “Hey Siri” and ask the speaker any query you would normally ask Apple’s virtual assistant.

The design of the HomePod looks like a small cylindrical ball of yarn, but covered in wired mesh, available in space gray or white. The top of the speaker has touch controls and lights up to show when Siri is activated.

Customers will be able to have additional HomePods at home, for what Apple calls an “immersive experience.” To setup a HomePod, all users need to do is hold their iPhone next to the device, in a pairing process which sounds similar to AirPods.

HomePod pricing will be $349 USD and will launch in December in the U.S., UK and Australia. Yes, Canada will not get HomePod at launch, but Apple said worldwide availability will be in 2018.

What will HomePod pricing be in Canada? $349 USD works out to $470 CAD with today’s exchange rate, so expect this thing to cost around $500 CAD when it launches in Canada sometime in 2018.

Apple’s HomePod looks to target higher-end users who would probably consider a Sonos speaker, it appears, as Apple is emphasizing sound quality instead of just offering a voice assistant like Google Home (now available for pre-order) or Amazon Echo.

Who’s buying one? Time to call up your American friends and family to get one of these bad boys first in December.

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  • Kirk

    I think I would legitimately like to hear how the speaker sounds compared to other speakers but they do peaked my interest. Can’t wait for press reviews.

  • Flash

    Only 2?

  • Andrew Viarruel

    A little disappointing that Canada is being left out at launch.

  • Salinger

    With Apple’s currency exchange cushion they like to add on to Canadian pricing, I would not be surprised to see this priced at $529 or even $549 CAD.

  • jay

    Hope that garbage is 600$ so it is just the end of the story.

  • jay

    Who cares way overpriced

  • Andrew Viarruel

    Very true. I hate to say it, but Apple is really losing me.

  • There is a “first listen” over on AppleInsider suggesting that they sound pretty darn good.

  • poopchute

    You sound bitter.
    I’m genuinely curios about how this speaker announcement has affected your life negatively.

  • poopchute

    Really?
    $350 US is overpriced for a high quality wireless speaker system with built-in Homekit and Siri functionality?
    Good quality wireless speaker systems without any extra functionality generally go for $400 and up.

  • erth

    of course they compare it to sonos, it is higher priced. it gives them justification.
    but, i will say that some of the problem with high prices in canada, is the liberal government keeping our dollar at china won levels. this is no way to run a G7 economy.

  • poopchute

    Thanks!

  • Geoffrey Spencer

    I too am disappointed that Canada again have been skipped over for the initial launch. Shame on you Apple and especially at Christmas time. Big loss of sales right there. However, I think Apple needs to create a simpler (not for music) device so we can spread Siri around the house in rooms that do not need a speaker system but we can still communicate with Siri. I am too worried about what they are going to charge for HomePod in Canada. Make it too expensive then I will skip it.

  • bionicmonk

    A pair of A+5 Audioengine speakers cost about 400$, so if this sounds better it would be worth it.

  • Giant Pink

    We can thank Quebec for that. Dual language requirements makes the launch of such projects take longer for us.

  • Steve

    More like $600+. There are also import/customs and shipping fees on top of the exchange rate.

  • jay

    good quality speaker? did you see the size? it is tiny. only because HEY SIRI?

  • Salinger

    If you purchase and import from the US. We’re talking about Canadian pricing when it eventually is available at Canadian Apple stores.

  • Chrome262

    this and others like Sonos are pretty expensive, especially if you want more then one. But if everything integrates with it, might be worth it.

  • Alpha Starlite

    Canada left out in cold once again.

  • iPedro1000

    I have a Harman Kardon Aura all in one speaker that very much resembles the HomePod in size and in shape. I paid $500 for it 4 years ago. It’s the best sounding anything that I’ve ever owned and I’ve had powerful multi speaker systems from renowed home entertainment brands like Sony and Technics all my life.
    It’s not the size of the speaker that matters. The Harman Kardon proves it. My Aura fills my home with sound in a way that it just sounds like sound is being produced out of thin air, not from a specific direction. It’s fluid and rich and every tiny detail of the track is crystal clear.
    HomePod’s design and features such as room measurement and adjustments suggests that Apple is going for the same strategy with their speaker. If it achieves that goal — and first listeners say it does — then it’s going to be worth every penny. And Siri is just a bonus.

  • j

    that’s not true for delays in launch to our country. It may be on somethings but 300 million people versus 30 million people which market do you want to get first with as much supply?

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