Apple HomePod: how to preorder and buy Apple's first smart speaker

Apple HomePod: how to preorder and buy Apple's first smart speaker
Apple's first smart speaker, the Apple HomePod, is finally here. It is loud, equipped with 7 tweeters and 1 woofer spreading sound in all directions. It is smart, powered by Siri and capable of intelligently adjusting its output to its surroundings. But most importantly, it is going on sale today; at least in some parts of the world, that is. 

So, how do you buy Apple's latest gadget? How to get your hands on Apple's first smart speaker? Allow us to explain.

How to preorder the Apple HomePod?

UPDATE: The Apple HomePod preorders are now live at both BestBuy and the Apple Store.

The Apple HomePod preorders are set to begin today, January 26, in the United States and the United Kingdom. Technically, preorders in Australia will begin on January 27, according to Apple's own website, though it seems like this could be due to the time difference, not because they'll start at a later time.

If you want to place a HomePod preorder, you may do so via Apple's own web site or from its Apple Store mobile app. Taking the latter route is known to be a faster and smoother experience, especially if Apple has your credit card information on file. Currently, the Apple Store app makes no mention of the speaker, but we do expect it to appear once the preorder floodgates open.

Alternatively, you can preorder the Apple HomePod at BestBuy. The big box retailer has announced that it will begin accepting HomePod preorders today, January 26.

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.

Where to buy the Apple HomePod?

If you don't feel like preordering a HomePod, you will be able to pick one up at an Apple retail store starting February 9. To reiterate, we're not sure how many units Apple will have in stock, so if you want one, be on site early. BestBuy is also going to have the HomePod speaker on display from February 9 onward. 

In the UK, the Apple HomePod will be available at the following outlets: Argos, Dixons Carphone (Currys PC World), John Lewis, Shop Direct (Very and Littlewoods), EE and authorized Apple Premium Resellers. Australian buyers will be able to pick one up at and The Good Guys, Harvey Norman, JB Hi-Fi, Myer and Telstra in Australia, beginning Friday, February 9. HomePod will be also available in France and Germany this spring.

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1. midan

Posts: 3019; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

"It sounded even better, especially when compared to larger Google Home Max and the aurally excellent Sonos One, the HomePod’s separation of sounds and fidelity to original instrumentation is astonishing. Furthermore, Ulanoff says that when listening to songs, it’s easy to pick apart the different layers, whether it’s instrumentation or vocals: The matrix of audio components is not inconsequential. In my listening party, songs like Ed Sheeran’s Shape of You picked apart the track, letting me hear both Sheeran’s guitar picking and the clarity of his voice. It was like he was playing in a small café for an audience of me. The bass notes on songs like Gregory Porter’s Holding On and Ariana Grande’s Side by Side were deep and resonant." As expected the sound is great according to first ones who have had hands-on time with it

2. cmdacos

Posts: 4272; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Only released to Apple shareholders and close third party partners I'm sure. Granted, sound quality is going to be superb but in every other way, this thing is half baked including the fact that primary features will come later this year... The Sonos one sounds like crap from what I have heard personally so that's a low bar to set. But you get what you pay for with this lower end speaker.

3. bucky

Posts: 3791; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Rarely agree with you but I too wasn’t impressed with the Sonos one.

4. Poptart2828

Posts: 431; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

I think this is a waste of money and resources for apple.

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