Turns out all you have to do is complain on Twitter, and lo and behold, Apple delivers.
HomePod, the innovative wireless speaker from Apple, arrives in stores beginning Friday, February 9 and is available to order online this Friday, January 26 in the US, UK and Australia. HomePod will arrive in France and Germany this spring.
At least one promised feature isn’t shipping on release, though. Apple says that multi-room audio will come later this year in a free software update. According to the now revamped HomePod product page, the same goes for the “stereo pair” functionality and AirPlay 2, which still has yet to materialize, despite being a promised part of iOS 11.
I’m not sure exactly when HomePod preorders start on Friday, but I’m really hoping not to have to wake up at 3 a.m.
Update: Updated at 9:01 a.m. Eastern with more detail on non-shipping features.