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Good luck finding a HomePod on launch day

by Brandon Russell | February 8, 2018February 8, 2018 10:30 am PST

A day before Apple’s HomePod is set to launch, and the smart speaker has officially sold out at Apple stores. Luckily, you won’t have to wait very long to get your hands on one if you didn’t pre-order.

According to Apple’s own order estimates, U.S. shipments have slipped to next Tuesday, while in-store pickup is no longer available. Typically, Apple does reserve some units for walk-in customers, so you still may be able to find one at an Apple Store on launch day.

And if that doesn’t work out, third-party retailers such as Best Buy appear to have stock in both Space Grey and White.

Pre-orders for the HomePod have been live since Friday, January 26, so it took a while before stock was actually depleted. It’s unclear how much supply Apple made for launch day.

Typically, when Apple enters a new product category, the company sells out of units pretty quickly. But it’s very possible the HomePod’s high price and lack of features could have tempered interest.

By all accounts, the HomePod delivers incredible sound, but its smart home capabilities leave a lot to be desired. Add to the fact that Google Home and Amazon Echo are everywhere, and Apple has an uphill battle.

The HomePod officially launches on February 9.

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