You can now pre-order the HomePod from Apple’s website.
The Siri-enabled smart speaker retails in the United States for $349. It’s a hefty price for a device that will inevitably be compared to cheaper rivals like Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Home speakers.
Apple’s first smart speaker appears to justify its price by boasting impressive specs like a high-excursion woofer, seven tweeters, six microphones and an A8 processor (the same chip found in the iPhone 6 released in 2014).
It’s impossible to evaluate a speaker before listening to it yourself, so only time will tell whether or not the specs will make the HomePod worth it.
The HomePod was initially planned for release in December 2017, but was delayed for reasons still largely unknown.