Apple has announced that it is bringing its Siri-powered smart speaker HomePod to Japan and Taiwan later this summer.
More than a year after it went on sale, Apple has reduced the price of its Siri-powered smart speaker, HomePod, by $50.
Back in February, Apple quietly updated the male Siri voices in the United Kingdom and Australia.
The HomePod is Apple’s first smart speaker. As a speaker, it’s fantastic. As a container for Siri, the company’s digital personal assistant, it still has room to grow.
Siri lives in Apple’s first smart speaker, the HomePod, and it sounds like the digital personal assistant has been given a small tweak in some regions.
The HomePod is a fantastic speaker, but it’s also limited in terms of scope when it comes to the smarts and compared to the major competition.
The latest study from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) points to Apple occupying a 6 percent share of the smart speaker market in the United States. The total smart speaker users in the U.S. is estimated to be around 66 million units, with around 4 million users preferring the HomePod.
If you have been looking to buy a HomePod for quite some time, you might want to check out the latest deal from Best Buy on the Siri-powered smart speaker. The retailer has discounted the HomePod by $70 which brings its price down to $279.99.
As announced earlier this week, Apple’s HomePod has now gone up for sale in China. The smart speaker is priced at 2,799 yuan in China and HK$2,799 in Hong Kong.
If you own a HomePod and don’t have an Apple Music family account, your music listening experience is going to get a bit more restrictive. Apple is no longer allowing HomePod owners to stream different tracks on their HomePod and on their iPhone simultaneously.