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Will Apple’s HomePod Work in Canada If You Buy One from the USA?

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With Canada not part of Apple’s initial HomePod launch in the USA, UK and Australia on February 9, many Canadians are already plotting how to buy one in the USA and bring it back to Canada.

Many have asked if a HomePod purchased in the US, UK or Australia will work in Canada (or abroad), and the answer is “yes”, as confirmed by MacRumors.

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One of the reasons why HomePod may be delayed for the Canadian market is because the speaker will launch supporting English first, as we first saw in a beta leak earlier this summer, shared by Guilherme Rambo. During the speaker’s setup, three languages showing only are:

  • English (Australia)
  • English (United Kingdom)
  • English (United States)

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So while your shiny HomePod may work in Canada if you buy it from elsewhere, Siri will be limited to English only, until additional updates bring support for more languages. This reminds us of Siri’s launch on the iPhone 4s back in 2011, when the voice assistant was English-only, but did work in Canada.

HomePod will cost $349 USD in the United States, A$499 in Australia and $319 GBP in the UK. Expect HomePod to be priced near $500 CAD or so when it launches in Canada, hopefully sometime in 2018 if we’re lucky. Apple customers in France and Germany will be next in line for HomePod, sometime “this spring”, according to the company.

Are you planning to buy a HomePod outside of Canada when it launches in a couple weeks?

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  • Sam

    Considering that $349 USD is about $435 CAD, a $500 CAD price would certainly be very steep! Let’s hope closer to $450 CAD.

  • Joe

    I am not going to cross the border and buy it. Too much effort. When it gets delivered to my door with free shipping, I’ll try it out. Gotta say though, it’s pretty hurtful that they’re not launching in Canada. What did we ever do?

  • Ontario

    I new it!
    SWJ quebec at its again.
    turdeau!!

  • France is listed for March, so why not Canada in March too??…

  • Ben

    yep, that’s what it will be. The $500 Australian price includes 10% GST, so $450 without tax, and AUD and CAD are pretty much on par right now

  • aRhyno

    I been thinking about a speaker for the kitchen. I had been looking at a bose speaker that hooks up to tunein/ Spotify and things without a need for a phone. What more would the homepod give me? Just the fact I can ask it questions like I can a phone?

  • You get a HomeKit hub, which normally would be an Apple TV or iPad…

    Take a look at the Sonos One, as that is getting Alexa in a software update soon. Really good sound for the price.

  • Timrules

    Quebecois French is not the same as France French (much more different than UK English to American English)

  • aRhyno

    I was looking at it. My wife likes listening to the local radio which is on tunein. So it needs that support. I do like the buttons on the soundlink from Bose but opening up that app isn’t horrible. Unless you can ask it to play maybe?

  • Yes, Sonos supports TuneIn. It also has touch buttons for play/pause and previous/next.

  • bbousquet

    Could also be the lack of Canadian news support. I don’t think Siri’s French Canadian speaking skills are a problem.

  • slicecom

    I’ll be picking one up next time I’m in the USA. Not making a special trip for it though.

  • TheLostVancouverite

    Isn’t it the same build & sound quality as the Play 1? If so, I’d give it a 3 out of 5 stars…

  • SV650

    Pretty sure it will be £319 in the UK.

  • Yes. For the price it’s one to consider. What would you suggest?

  • Brenda

    Siri understands my French which isn’t Québécois or French, just really bad French with an English Canadian (prairies, kind of like the way they talk on Fargo) accent.

  • Timrules

    Haha – yeah, my last teacher told me I spoke French “comme une vache Espagnol,” which I took as a complement … until I looked it up.

  • David Vincent

    Yup, will get a US one. Thank the useless Official Language Act in Canada. 20% of the population delays it for the rest.

  • Salinger

    Get an Amazon Spot or Google Home mini and link it into the aux on the Bose.

  • Salinger

    Agreed. I bought a Play1 based on the glowing reviews and was not particularly impressed. So, I bought a second one to set up as a stereo pair thinking that was the problem. It wasn’t, still wasn’t impressed. I returned them both.

  • But will it work with your Canadian Apple Music subscription?

  • Canadianskeezix

    Yes, David, francophones across the country have been plotting to think of ways to delay your ability to acquire the latest technology. And the ability of francophones to communicate with their federal government should be dependent on what’s happening in Cupertino. *eye roll*

    You realize that the Official Languages Act doesn’t apply to Apple, right?

  • Canadianskeezix

    Using childish terms like “turdeau” says a lot more about you, fella, than the PM.

    Also, are people who use the term “SJW” the only ones who don’t realize how ridiculous they sound?

    I won’t even ask why you seem to think “SJW”s and Trudeau have anything to do with Apple’s global product deployment.

  • Kotep

    We wait for the french again…

  • Pedro

    We speak French.

  • French’s fault

    Should’ve just launched it everywhere else in Canada except for those French people

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