The HomePod Has Become cheaper.
The Apple smart speaker, which went on sale this past year, has just got its first official price cut. Apple is decreasing the prices of the device in not just US, but all the markets where HomePod is now sold, such as China in which it was launched just over two weeks ago. Initially introduced in Apple’s developer conference in June 2017, the HomePod was delayed and finally released in February 2018. It’s yet to be launched in many major Asian markets, including India, Japan, and Singapore.
As per the upgraded pricing on Apple’s website, the HomePod will now retail at $299 (roughly Rs. 20,500) in the United States. It was earlier available at $349 (roughly Rs. 24,000). Although over the past year, we’ve seen the cost of HomePod go down to as far as $249 (approximately Rs. 17,000), but the reductions were always a part of their retailer promotions. Among other countries, the HomePod will now sell at CAD 399 at Canada, EUR 329 in Germany, Spain, and France, CNY 2,299 at China, HKD 2,399 in Hong Kong, AUD 469 in Australia, along with GBP 279 at UK. The revised pricing is now applicable in all of the markets. The HomePod price cut was first spotted by 9to5Mac.
Apple HomePod sports a cylindrical body having a small touchscreen at the top. It runs on Apple’s audioOS platform, which is based on iOS. The HomePod incorporates Siri, which is utilized to control the apparatus.
A rival to Amazon’s Echo Series and Google’s Home smart speakers, HomePod has not seen much uptake. According to Strategy Analytics’s newest global smart speaker report, the Apple HomePod accounted for only 4.1 percent of the global smart speaker shipments in Q2 2018. In contrast, Amazon grabbed 35.5% of the market share, followed by Google with 30 percent.