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February 8, 2018

First HomePod Orders Start Shipping Out in Australia

by John_A

Customers in Australia who ordered a HomePod for February 9 delivery have begun receiving shipment notifications from Apple letting them know their orders have shipped and are on the way.

It’s Thursday evening on February 8 in Australia, so the first HomePod deliveries will begin in the country in just a matter of hours.

Though the screenshot says February 6, MacRumors reader Ben tells us that he first saw his order status change about an hour ago.
Apple does not appear to have sent out any shipment notifications in the United Kingdom or the United States as of yet, but those alerts should be going out soon, at least in the UK.

While U.S. shipment alerts have not gone out yet and orders are still listed as “Preparing for Shipment,” Apple actually sent preliminary shipment information to UPS several days ago.

Customers expecting launch day delivery in the United States may be able to locate their HomePod’s shipping information by going to the UPS website, selecting the track by reference number option, and entering the phone number associated with a HomePod order.

Apple is using Next Day Air delivery in the United States and shipping out from local hubs, which is there is no tracking information available yet.

In the United States, HomePod deliveries will kick off at around 8:00 a.m. local time on Friday, February 9, with customers on the East Coast receiving their orders first. Apple is no longer offering the HomePod for February 9 delivery or in-store pickup, but the company will likely have a supply of HomePods available for walk-in purchase in retail stores in the U.S., UK, and Australia on launch day.

(Thanks, Ben!)

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