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Your can now preorder Apple's HomePod smart speaker for $349

Your can now preorder Apple's HomePod smart speaker for $349

According to an Apple support representative, it has come to know that the HomePod will indeed feature a detachable, user replaceable 2 meter-long power cord out of the box. Only slightly more expensive than one Apple HomePod. What we suspect, though, is that most people also have one or two uses for their smart speaker that are more on the fringe, and this is where Alexa's Skills mean it could help where Apple can't.

The HomePod will cost you $349 and will be available in stores on February 9.

Apple announced its Siri-powered smart speaker HomePod at its developer conference in June 2017. Currently, the Apple Store app makes no mention of the speaker, but we do expect it to appear once the preorder floodgates open. The HomePod probably isn't very useful to you either. Apple specifically forbids Spotify from adding in Siri control so that Apple has an edge over the competition, despite offering a less useful music service.

Oh, and HomePod is tied to its owner's iOS device and Apple Music account, and can't differentiate between voices.

At this time it is not clear if the Apple's HomePod supply will meet the demand, though if you want to be among the first to have one, preordering the speaker ASAP would be wise.

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Apple also fell way behind with an update to Apple TV that supports 4k, and, came in over-priced than competing devices from Amazon, Google and Roku. Android users must look elsewhere for a smart speaker. The one certainty is that Apple isn't using so much more electricity that you'll pay dearly for sweeter tunes. beyond the outlay for the speaker itself, of course.

Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesThere's also the major, nearly crippling, limitation on the music side: The device can work with any music streaming service as a typical Bluetooth speaker would, but the Siri part - the "smart" part - only works with Apple Music. Concerning China's decline in phone shipments, Simon says Americans will always buy new phones for new features, but China is a different market and Apple will need to learn how to adjust.

A brace of HomePods doesn't sound quite as expansive as a good pair of floorstanding loudspeakers, but then they're only seven inches tall.

The final piece of the HomePod puzzle is its smart home functionality. That's because Apple had more stringent security rules - companies needed to incorporate a specific chip into their products to make them HomeKit-compatible. Three times in our short demo Siri failed to understand what was being asked of it.

HomePod is available at an Apple retail price of £319 in white and space grey in the UK.

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