HomePod Price Slashed Worldwide, Will Now Retail at $299 in the US

The Apple smart speaker, which went on sale last year, has just got its first official price cut. Apple is decreasing the pricing of the device rather than only 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 eventually released in February 2018. It is yet to be launched in many major Asian markets, including India, Japan, and Singapore.

As per the updated pricing on Apple’s site, the HomePod will now retail at $299 (approximately Rs. 20,500) at the United States. It was earlier available at $349 (approximately Rs. 24,000). Although over the past year, we’ve seen the price of HomePod go down to as far as $249 (roughly Rs. 17,000), but the reductions were always a part of the merchant promotions. Among other countries, the HomePod will now sell at CAD 399 in Canada, EUR 329 in Germany, Spain, and France, CNY 2,299 at China, HKD 2,399 at Hong Kong, AUD 469 in Australia, and GBP 279 in UK. The revised pricing is now applicable in all of the markets. The HomePod price cut was spotted by 9to5Mac.

Apple HomePod sports a cylindrical body with a small touchscreen at the top. The HomePod incorporates Siri, which can be used to control the apparatus.

A competitor to Amazon’s Echo Series 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 global smart speaker shipments in Q2 2018. In contrast, Amazon grabbed 35.5 percent of the market share, followed by Google with 30 percent.

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