Last year, Apple announced HomePod, its first ever smart speaker on the market. The launch of HomePod is putting Apple in contention with Amazon Echo and Google Home. Apple has been adding new features and skills to its smart speaker on a semi-basis in an attempt to attract more users worldwide.
With iOS 11.4 update, Apple finally added support for stereo pairs and multi-room audio to its HomePod. With multi-room support, you can play the same audio on multiple rooms across the house. This comes in handy as it eliminates the need to leave your room.
Apple recently confirmed that the company’s smart speaker will arrive in more countries like Canada, France, and Germany. If you are planning to grab its first smart speaker in Canada, then get ready. Apple says that HomePod now can read the news in Canada, France, and Germany. Apple’s move may pave the way for the official launch of HomePod in those markets.
Apple claims that the company’s first smart speaker, HomePod will be unveiled at the end of June. According to reliable reports, the HomePod can read out news briefs from popular sources in Canada, like Global TV, CBS, and CNN.
In Germany, the HomePod now supports news agencies like Deutschlandfunk. Sources say that Apple has been in talks with local news agencies and publishers to expand Home Pod’s availability.
Some reliable sources claim that the HomePod will cost $449 when it goes on sale in Canada at the end of this month. In Germany and France, the HomePod will be priced at €349. Tech experts say that the launch of HomePod in Canada and France will help Apple boost sales performance out there. The HomePod is not satisfying Apple in terms of shipments. Apple has a lot of work to do to change that this year.
Apple is expected to reduce the original price of the HomePod to attract more customers during this year’s holiday shopping season. Back in 2016, Apple Watch was the hottest items, thanks to Apple’s discount programs.
Apple has been trying to add new features to HomePod to take on Amazon Echo. The HomePod is falling behind its rivals out there as it lacks important features like support for third-party apps.
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