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