The extended AppleCare+ warranty for HomePod will add two incidents of accidental damage from handling, each subject to a $39 service fee. It won’t cover cosmetic damage that does not affect the speaker’s functionality.
While an Apple Music subscription is required for full music functionality, HomePod does let you play your purchased music from iTunes Store, as well as stream the Beats 1 radio station and listen to your favorite podcasts for free.
HomePod’s staggered release will see the $349 wireless speaker hitting the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia next month before arriving in France and Germany later this spring. Local pricing was unknown at post time.
Leaked screenshots of the official HomePod setup process show that various settings on the $349 smart speaker will be adjusted through Apple’s Home app, unlike with Apple Watch which is set up using a standalone Watch app.
Apple’s manufacturing partner Inventec is reportedly shipping a small batch of one million HomePod units, indicating that the Siri-powered wireless speaker may soon arrive after missing its original December 2017 launch date.