Ahead of the HomePod release tomorrow, Apple has started shipping out orders of the smart speakers to customers in Australia and the United Kingdom who had pre-ordered it. With the orders shipped out, most customers should get their hands on their HomePod on February 9 itself.
HomePod customers in the United States have not received any updates on their shipping status so far. The speaker is also not available for launch day delivery in the country, with Apple now showing an estimated delivery date of February 12-13 for it. A similar situation pertains in the United Kingdom and Australia where the HomePod now has a delivery estimate of February 12-14.
If you are looking to score an HomePod on launch day, you should head over to your nearest Apple Store. The speaker is unlikely to be in heavy demand and most stores should have plenty of stock to cater to customers on opening day.
The HomePod has received overwhelmingly positive reviews for its outstanding music quality despite its relatively small form factor. However, Siri on the smart speaker was found to be of little use and was criticised for its lack of integration with other popular services like Spotify. The smart speaker does feel a bit unfinished at launch as it also lacks support for AirPlay 2 and multi-room audio, both features which Apple plans to add to the smart speaker with a software update in spring.