“嘿 Siri!” Apple’s HomePod will be accessible for sale in China early subsequent year. A listing is already adult on Apple’s China site, with a intelligent orator priced during RMB 2,799 (about $407), or about 17% some-more than a $349 cost in a United States. Though Apple doesn’t list an accurate shipping date for Chinese buyers, it says a HomePod will be accessible in early 2019.
HomePod rivals Amazon Echo and Google Home haven’t launched in China, though Apple’s intelligent speakers will contest with a horde of homegrown inclination including Tencent’s Tingting, that integrates with WeChat, Alibaba’s Tmall Genie, several models by Baidu, Mobvoi’s TicHome Mini, and Xiaomi’s Mi Bluetooth speaker.
Several of these intelligent speakers are much, most cheaper than a HomePod; for example, a Tmall Genie, Tingting, and Baidu’s Xiaodu have any been offering during a ignored cost of about $15. But in annoy of a significantly aloft price, a HomePod will substantially still be an appealing choice for iOS users. Despite challenging foe from Samsung, Huawei, and Xiaomi, Apple held an 11.9% marketplace share in China as of a second entertain of 2018, according to Gartner.
The HomePod launched in a United States, United Kingdom, and Australia in Feb before rolling out over a next months in France, Germany, Canada, Mexico, and Spain.