Apple HomePod smart speaker to launch without stereo sound and multi-room capabilities
As we told you earlier today, pre-orders for the HomePod will begin on January 26th and the device will launch on February 9th priced at $349. Color options are Space Gray and White. Apple has included a premium speaker with the HomePod which is equipped with a custom made woofer, 7 "beam-forming" tweeters, and spatial awareness allowing it to fill a room with sound. The device employs the A8 chip found inside the Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
Apple is apparently rushing the HomePod into the marketplace since it will not include stereo sound or multi-room audio at launch. On Apple's website, the page used to promote the HomePod has been changed to add a "coming later this year" banner for the part that discusses HomePod's multi-room features, and how you can create stereo sound by putting a second HomePod in the same room.
Even if you are disappointed that stereo sound and multi-room capabilities are not available at launch, at least you know that the HomePod is just one software update away from having both of these features.