Apple announces HomePod will launch in Japan in the coming weeks
Apple has announced that HomePod, its intelligent Siri-enabled smart speaker, will be available to customers across Japan this summer.
As spotted by Gizmodo, HomePod is now being shown on Apple’s webpage in Japan, with the company touting the speaker as arriving in the coming weeks.
HomePod will be priced at 32,800 yen. The product is live on Apple’s online store in the country, though customers aren’t currently able to purchase the device. Apple has also added a new webpage to promote HomePod, touting that the speaker will let users “live with new sounds.”
HomePod still remains widely unavailable across the globe. The speaker launched in the United States back in 2017 and has since expanded to additional countries including the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, France, Mexico and Spain, with HomePod most recently arriving in China and Hong Kong earlier this year.
Apple cut the cost of HomePod across the globe in April, lowering the price of the speaker from $349 to $299.
iOS 13 will add several new features to HomePod, including Handoff support for HomePod, allowing you to automatically switch playback from your iPhone to HomePod, and support to play 100,000 radio stations.
Update: In addition to Japan, Apple has announced HomePod will be available in Taiwan too this summer. Priced at NT$9,900.