HomePod Availability is Tightening Ahead of Friday's Launch
Feb 6, 2018 4:49 am PST by Joe Rossignol
HomePod supply is beginning to dwindle ahead of the speaker's launch this Friday across the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia.


Apple Store pickup is now unavailable for the HomePod in all three countries, following several days of launch day availability, while delivery estimates for online orders of the speaker in Space Gray and White have been pushed back to February 12 in both Australia and the United Kingdom.

HomePod orders placed today on Apple's online store are still estimated for delivery on February 9 in the United States, when limited quantities of the speaker will be made available to walk-in customers at select Apple Stores and resellers, including Best Buy, John Lewis, Harvey Norman, Telstra, and EE.

Apple still lists most orders in the "Preparing for Shipment" stage, but that should soon change to "Shipped" as Friday draws closer. As noted in our forums, some customers have already been able to obtain a UPS tracking number.

HomePod sales will long be a subject of debate, as Apple's delivery estimates only serve as anecdotal evidence of exact supply and demand. We'll likely never know for certain, as the speaker will be grouped under "Other Products" in Apple's earnings results alongside products like the Apple TV and Apple Watch.

The embargo for HomePod reviews has just lifted this morning, with articles from The Verge, The Wall Street Journal, CNET, TechCrunch, iMore, and others. We'll have a more in depth roundup to share shortly.

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15 weeks ago

If that's a review ... i had to stop halfway, because it's a nonsense.

Let me guess how it will go: only negative or less than positive reviews will be considered real reviews. Everything else will be discounted as the person being an Apple shill not wanting to lose their early access to Apple products.
Rating: 6 Votes
15 weeks ago

This for playing music...

Or more precisely, this is for playing Apple Music. ;)
Rating: 3 Votes
15 weeks ago

A bunch of pre-release demo reviewers touted over and over recently because they were generally-to-very favorable on the product in their demo and "first look" (not-a-review) articles, are about to be bashed and marginalized for daring to now write down tangible cons in their official reviews.

So very right last week, yet likely to become so very wrong this week. What changed?

To be fair, the reviews I've read so far all praise the sound quality and most of the criticism is aimed at the limitations due to Siri and the walled garden, which realistically has been expected since the HomePod was announced.

If you are camped entirely in Apple's ecosystem it sounds like it could be a great addition to your home, if you use products and services from other companies then you will probably be better served going elsewhere.
Rating: 2 Votes
15 weeks ago

Though, almost to a review, they praised the sound quality. And this is after using the HP in their own environments. I suppose Apple could have given them units with different speakers inside, but why, really?

The reviews just confirm what Apple has advertised, and what the demos demoed: That the HomePod produces excellent sound. They also confirm that Siri isn't better on the HomePod than it is on other Apple devices (but it isn't worse, so if you are satisfied with Siri that's not a negative). Finally, they point out that the HP only supports Apple Music as a built-in service, which is how Apple designed it. Nevada is not Vermont, so if you want Vermont, you probably won't like Nevada. But if you're looking for Nevada, there's no better one than Nevada. Pointing out that it isn't Vermont is only a negative to those who want it to be Vermont. I don't use Spotify, so I don't care if HomePod supports it.

I don’t get writing a review based on what you wanted something to be vs what it was designed to be. Apple pitched the HomePod as high quality speaker first, minimal smart assistant second and cross platform never. So yeah if you have an Android phone and Spotify account HomePod isn’t for you. Apple never said it would be. if you’re reviewing HomePod based on things Apple never promised you’re doing it wrong.
Rating: 2 Votes
15 weeks ago
Here's the first HomePod review that I've seen that actually goes into more depth than previous articles.

https://techpinions.com/you-cant-unhear-apples-homepod/52182
Rating: 2 Votes
15 weeks ago

Or more precisely, this is for playing Apple Music. ;)


It has airplay, and soon airplay 2, so it will play anything, but yes, it seem to shock some, works best with Apple Music.
Rating: 2 Votes
15 weeks ago

A proper "HomePod" would also have a 16:9 iPad screen to watch TV programs.


Apple makes this. It's called the iPad Pro. You can use any number of bluetooth or Airplay speakers -- including the HomePod -- if you want better sound from it.

The HomePod isn't intended as an out-of-the-home portable product. Why would one need a screen? I have a 26", 32", 42" TV and a 100" projector screen. Most people have at least one medium to large screen. Why would they want to watch at home on an iPad screen?

I see a few deficiencies with the HomePod, but not having a screen isn't one of them. Hopefully that never happens. That would truly be a Jump The Shark moment.
Rating: 1 Votes
15 weeks ago

Surprisingly decent article from buzzfeed.


Yeah their news articles can be well done (or at least they exceed my expectations of Buzzfeed clickbait articles for gifs). Their review answered a lot of outstanding questions I still had about the device.

I also saw on the Verge that the power cable is built in and non removable (9to5mac had previously said it was removable)
Rating: 1 Votes
15 weeks ago

I don’t think availability is “tightening” at all. It’s simply being concealed.

The HomePod has been available for 2/9 pickup in all 12 stores near me (a 200 mile radius). I’ve been checking most days since pre-orders started (trying to gauge demand). Every day, Apple.com has shown 2/9 availability in all 12 stores.

And then overnight: Boom! It’s not available in any of those 12 stores.


Likely a temporary logistics issue, Apple Stores not being able to (or wanting to - hiring extra staff, etc.) adequately handle hundreds of people showing up at their door at 10am February 9th to pick up their HomePods.
Rating: 1 Votes
15 weeks ago
Rene Ritchie got an exclusive with Apple on HomePod. I’m a little surprised Apple doesn’t give him more exclusives. Honestly I wish they’d hire him to work in their communications department. Often times I think he does a better job of explaining Apple’s intent than Apple executives do.

https://www.imore.com/homepod
Rating: 1 Votes

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