Apple Launches Its HomePod in China

Apple’s HomePod has solely been obtainable in a handful of nations (principally North America and Europe) to this point. Nevertheless, it’s increasing availability in grand trend. The corporate is releasing its good speaker in China, together with Hong Kong, on January 18th. There are not any main adjustments to the gadget for its Asian debut. However, it’ll naturally tap into native playlists and assist AirPlay for companies past Apple Music. The system will promote for HK $2,799 ($357) in Hong Kong and RMB 2,799 ($414) in mainland China.

Apple faces an uphill battle in China. Mainland good speaker gross sales are dominated by fashions from home manufacturers like Alibaba, Baidu, and Xiaomi, with worldwide mainstays like Amazon and Google successfully non-existent. HomePod may not do a lot to alternative tastes, particularly when it sits on the excessive finish of the value spectrum. China nonetheless represents a large potential viewer for Apple, although, and it exhibits that the corporation continues to be dedicated to selling its take on connected audio.