HomePod Now Available to Order in Canada, France, and Germany

Nearly five months after the HomePod launched in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia, Apple today expanded availability of the Siri-enabled speaker to customers in Canada, France, and Germany.

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HomePod is available in white and space gray for $449 in Canada and €349 in Germany and France via Apple's online store and the Apple Store app for iPhone and iPad. It's also available at Apple's retail stores in each country, and at select authorized resellers, including Best Buy in Canada.

Apple recently pushed a software update to the HomePod that enables Siri to speak in French, German, and Canadian English. Apple's website notes that support for Canadian French is coming later this year.

The software update, paired with iOS 11.4, also introduced support for stereo sound and multi-room audio via AirPlay 2. It also enables users to check calendar appointments on the HomePod by asking Siri.

HomePods could already be used abroad in countries outside of the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia, but Siri's language options were limited to American, Australian, and British dialects of English, and certain features like Siri's ability to read the news or play music charts were lacking.

While the HomePod has received rave reviews about its sound quality, critics believe the speaker has exposed Siri's shortcomings. Siri Shortcuts should help in that regard, enabling users to connect certain third-party apps to Siri to greatly streamline voice controls with app-specific actions.

In terms of what's next for HomePod, a few rumors have suggested that Apple could release a lower priced version of the speaker later this year or next, although it could end up being a Siri-enabled Beats speaker.

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Top Rated Comments

AcesHigh87 Avatar
51 months ago
When I could use Siri to play music from my iTunes library (on my home network), I will surely buy one or two. Else, what’s the point when you have no interest in Apple Music (or any other music streaming service)?
Finally someone else in the world that doesn’t seem to get the hype of streaming services. I own the music I already like in iTunes, why should I pay monthly to maybe hear songs I like?
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
truthertech Avatar
51 months ago
"While the HomePod has received rave reviews about its sound quality ('https://www.macrumors.com/2018/02/06/homepod-reviews/'), critics believe the speaker has exposed Siri's shortcomings ('https://www.macrumors.com/2018/04/23/iphone-x-siri-survey-creative-strategies/')."

Truth is that the HomePod has revealed the silliness of critics spreading the myth that there is some huge gap between the HomePod and other smart speakers. Surveys show that Siri on the HomePod can already do the vast majority of things people use their smart speakers for: Number 1 thing people use their speakers for, ready? Listen to music. LOL. The number one thing people use their speakers for is something that HomePod blows the competition away with.

Then what are the rest of things people do the vast majority of times with their smart speakers? Number 2 is to check the weather, then things like check traffic, sports, and set a timer.

It turns out that that those 4000 "skills," , "like Fart for us," Alexa has, almost no one uses. Yet the HomePod will protect your privacy, unlike the others, and can hear your requests far better than the others.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Relentless Power Avatar
51 months ago
Buy a HomePod or don´t buy a HomePod?
I say take advantage of it. If you don’t like it, you have a 14 day return policy. It gives you a chance to experience it inside your own home and see if it meets your expectations. I think most actually are pleasantly surprised with experience with the HomePod sound and Siri works quite well with the sensitivity the microphone and commands.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
profets Avatar
51 months ago
449$ in canada ... what a rip off .. sorry to say...
You realize it is listed as 349 USD in the United States right?



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Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
n-ick Avatar
51 months ago
Oh, right, the HomePod. This thing is still a thing?
Yes, it’s still a thing, like most things.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Black Tiger Avatar
51 months ago
Siri can now speak Canadian English? I had no idea there was such a thing. Does it say sorry a lot and add "eh?" to the end of sentences? (joke)

Surely Siri could just speak English and leave it at that.
Are you American? Because it sounds like it.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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