Apple HomePod will launch without two major features, despite long delay

Apple has finally announced HomePod will go on sale on February 9, but it appears the company still hasn’t perfected the device, despite a long delay.

Cupertino missed its original December 2017 launch window because it needed more time to get HomePod right.

Despite that, the device will still be missing two major features when it arrives with early adopters.

On the HomePod product page, Apple says the support for multi-room audio and stereo pairing will be absent until “later this year“.

The multi-room audio capabilities are a signature feature of the new AirPlay 2 technology and enables users to add more HomePods in different parts of the house.

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Another interesting new feature enables two HomePods in the same room to automatically detect each other and create stereo sound.

Apple explains: “Put another HomePod in the same room and they automatically detect and balance each other. With advanced beamforming capabilities, a HomePod pair is able to create a wider, more immersive soundstage than a traditional stereo pair.”

It’s a cool feature, but it won’t be in use when the speaker arrives on doorsteps in February.

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Pre-orders for the HomePod speaker begin this Friday January 26 in the US, UK and Australia.

Apple is charging £319 in the UK ($349 in the United States) for the Amazon Echo rival which finally arrives three years after the market leader appeared on the scene.

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