Apple's smart speaker to arrive at February 9


Dubbed the HomePod, it's a voice-controlled smart speaker that works with Apple's Siri. The deal on a Sonos One duo also serves to highlight one of its rival's missing features, the ability to link two wireless speakers together and use them as a stereo pair.

It also means you'll get to use Amazon's Alexa smart voice assistant, which has proven to be more capable than Apple's Siri assistant.

The speaker-maker announced Thursday that it would offer two of its critically lauded Sonos One smart speakers for $349 - the same price as a single Apple HomePod.

Sonos has previously announced that the Google Assistant as well as Apple AirPlay 2 will be coming to its platform in 2018.

Earlier this week, Cupertino announced the Apple HomePod would finally go on sale beginning tomorrow, January 26 in the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom.

Launched in October 2017, the Sonos One earned an "excellent" rating in PCMag's review and our coveted Editors' Choice Award.

Further, HomePod also supports peer-to-peer AirPlay 1 that allows playback control for most audio apps (such as Spotify, Pandora, YouTube) from iOS devices.

The Apple HomePod will be available in white and space gray colors, for online order in the US, UK, and Australia on Febuary 9, and will be available in other European markets such as France and Germany in Q2.

The only negative we had was the absence of Spotify voice controls at launch. "We think they will be blown away by the audio quality". There will likely be integration with Mac and Apple TV as well, but it appears as if the initial pairing may be limited to mobile devices - at least according to the information that came to light back in late August.

Additionally, the report said Siri will only call out notifications, including text messages and calendar appointments, when that owner is on the same network as the HomePod. It will be able to control smart home devices that support Apple's HomeKit system, pull headlines from BBC, Sky News and LBC, as well as be used as a speakerphone with the iPhone.

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